Last month I talked a lot about thread. I ran a series of interviews with some of my friends on the threads that they like to use and why.
- What thread do you use?
- And why are you using it?
- Are you happy with the results?
I’ve talked alot about the choices of thread that I like and why I like them.
I like Madeira #30 weight rayon for a bold and bright look.
I like Aurifil in the bottom almost all the time.
I like YLI or Superior Silk for quilting that will be subtle and soft.
AND I like Variegated cotton, Coats and Clark or Superior for a muted cotton look.
As I teach machine quilting around the country I look at my work over and over again,
and it makes me think about what stitches I want to make and how the thread made the design better.
As I talk to the students and go around the room demonstrating the stitches for them, I also show them samples of my work and talk about why I use each thread.
Do you think about your thread choices before you use them in your quilts? Or do you just grab a color and hope it is what you want.
I ALWAYS do a test run first whenever I start a new project. I put together a sandwich of the same fabrics and battings that I will be using and then sample out the thread that I will put on it along with the design I will use. This does two things.
- First it makes sure that I like the thread color that I have picked on the fabric that I am putting it on.
- It makes sure that my tension is good and where it needs to be.
- Don’t be afraid of adjusting your tension. The manufactures put a tension knob on the machines so you could do just that!
I recently did a sample of threads, shown here of different types and weights of thread that I use and then washed it over 50 times. I wanted to see how each thread type would hold up to so much washing and handling.
Guess what – they all held up great.
I suggest that you try new threads and test them out. You have to experiment in order to feel good about what you are doing.
Experimenting is part of the process of creating, it just doesn’t work out 100% great the first time you do something, you have to keep working at it and trying new approaches.
I just saw this on Superior’s site and I think it is a great idea to get one of these.
Sampler Sets If you are not familiar with many of our products, we offer a variety of Sampler Sets at discounts of approx. 40% off.
Home Quilting Sampler Set
Longarm Quilting Sampler Set
Embroidery Sampler Set
Embellishment Sampler Set (for bobbin work/serger/couching)
Silk Sampler set