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    I was wondering is there a real difference in polyester threads, when it comes to making hammocks?
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    I think threads are personal preferance. I hate polyester, I use nylon, even though it can be harder to find. I have seen on this site where people say nylon causes problems on the machine, but I just can't seem to find a happy spot with poly. I use it on the pfaff embroidery machine, but thats not weight bearing or structural, just lettering and decoration. But I also make fishing poles, and then there is a huge difference in thread quality, and I like Gudebrod.
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    People I trust say there is a real difference in polyester threads when it comes to sewing machines ... excuse me, PTIs. Get good thread.

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    The real difference is in the amount of stretch (think hanging straps). Also, polyester thread is said to have a much higher UV resistance. I use the cheap cones of poly thread from JoAnn's Fabrics and my machine has never even so much as hiccuped because of it. I say get a small spool and give it a try. That's the only way you'll know for sure. Good Luck
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    Any good quality thread _should_ be usable in most machines. What you absolutely want to stay away from is the really cheap stuff. You know... the $1 spools. Or 5 for $1. That stuff is horrible. Fabric stores are likely to have good thread because the turnover is consistent. They don't have thread sitting around in warehouses for years. Also their customers expect good thread when they are paying full retail for fabric and patterns. Gutterman's and other quality brands have a consistently smooth fine polished finish to the thread. The cheap nasty stuff doesn't.

    Walmart can be hit and miss with thread. I've used some successfully and others have been nothing but trouble. Even the color of the thread can make a difference when using cheap stuff. The fibers finish differently depending on the color. Thread also has a shelf life. Buy it where there is a high turnover and consistently fresh stock.
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