Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Okay everyone, I would like to know what you folks on this blog like to stitch your quilts together with? What type of thread do you think is the best and what strength, for sewing together the quilt top?
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I have used Connecting Thread Essentials a lot for quilting more that piecing. The good and the bad... It is a heavier weight so it show up more in quilting, good if you want your quilting stitches to show but not if you don't. It is a very linty thread which is not good for our machines. When I use it I'm especially diligent about keeping my bobbin area cleared/lint free. Good - they have many colors. I have had to return this thread on a few occasions because it was poorly manufactured. The companies customer service was excellent. They sent replacement thread quickly. I primarily make art quilts so the thread holding up to washing is not an issue for me. It is pretty strong and I feel it is fine for patchwork piecing. It is fairly inexpensive for an okay quality thread.
But as always, if I'm putting hours into a quilt - art or utilitarian, I want to use great thread and I'd have to say Superior would be my choice.
I forgot about Mettler (silk finish cotton) but have used it for a lot of piecing. I could only get it on smaller spools locally so that is why I don't use it much now. The Bottom Line (Libby Lehman - Superior) is a beautiful poly thread. It is good in the bobbin and works well for hand applique - nice and fine. Wow, we certainly have many choices when it come to thread don't we.
I use Mettler threads for machine applique (embroidery threads because they have wonderful colours). I have discovered another thread that is really nice although with limited colours - Bottom Line (I think that is the correct name.
rogue, thank you. I have posted a few exhibition photos on my blog - http://fiberdesignsbyann.com/blog/?p=817
It never occurred to me that Rayon would run. I have only used it in a non washable art quilt. But you are so right the colors are gorgeous! I used a turquoise on black - It just popped.
When I taught applique I would demonstrate to the students how they could use any color of (fine) thread and it wouldn't show. YLI #100 Silk thread is what I use but Superior has silk too and they do make a red! Worth every penny. You are putting a lot of time into any applique, it deserves the best.
I don't know if it matters in quilting Threads, but embroidery threads, Poly is better than Rayon, as the Rayon has a tendency to color run. Something to do with the material used and the way it is manufactured. There are just so many more colors in Rayon. At least in machine embroidery.
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