I have a question for anyone with an opinion. Should cover everybody. I have been reading about buying the best that you can afford in fabric, machines, and...........thread. So...which brand of thread is the best. From what I understand, egyptian cotton thread is the best kind of thread due to the long staples and that it will hold up better. But I am scratching my head when I go to the different stores and look at all the quilting sites and try to figure out which brand to buy. Any thought on this folks?
I have tried them all and use MOST of them.
Different machines, different needles, even different fabric cause the threads to act differently! So, I play around until I get the BEST marriage!
99% of the time on my newer machine I use Aurifil! I prefer the 50 weight as I can use it for Paper piecing, piecing, AND machine applique just fine!
I use YLI 60wt for my bobbin.
I prefer to keep my threads all cotton when possible!
ah yes I did not put in earlier message about bobbin threads, thanks Jacquie for mentioning that. Bobbin thread is extremely important that it be lighter than the top thread so that it is kept to the back. I too use 60wt. bobbin thread that I wind my own. I have a white and a black polyester blend (shiny) for my embroideries that is a generic and a white cotton for quilting or piecing and appliqué. I purchase that thread on line through a company on Ebay. I use Janome bobbins, only because they wind better on my Janome, even though they are a class 15 regular. I use my C & C or other sewing threads in bobbins when doing fashion or handbags and totes.Carylanne
This is a great thread. no pun inteded. I think we each have to experiment with our machine and various threads. I use a lot of Connecting Thread Essentials in my little Singer. It does seem to have a lot of lint so I am just in the habit of cleaning the machine a lot. I have found that my pricey Janome Horizon does not like Essentials for quilting. It is fine for piecing, but not quilting on MY machine. I have tried quite a few of the name brands and most work well for me. You really have to try various threads and see what works for you. Superior Threads has a lot of good info on their website. I also have a book by Sarash Ann Smith called Thread Work Unraveled which has a lot of good info.
I use mettler or Guiterman. It was recommend back in 1994 when I took my first series of quilting classes. I should have known things have changed! I would love to try Aurifil but I was reluctant because of cost. Now that I know it has more thread for the money, maybe I will get one and try it. I have tried to win some on the different contests and was disappopinted when I did not win, but thankful some one did! The Aurifil site should have samples to give out for us to try! Just sayin...
thanks jo, for the great information on thread
gini in north idaho
I have tried a lot of thread over the years. From Coats and Clark to the top of the line Aurifil. As I moved up the line it is plain to see that Aurifil is the best of the best. It is fine when I do hand applique or just sewing down binding it just disappears. The range of colors can't be beat either. For piecing it just glides through my machine and my machine is actually quieter when I sew. It seems pricey, however, there is so much on a spool and so much fits on a bobbin there is less filling needed and less stoppage of sewing. I have a fair amount of Robison Anton thread that I am using up and it a nice thread, but put the two side by side and the RA feels like rope next to the Aurifil. Another benefit of Aurifil is threading a hand sewing needle. I glides through without struggle. I am slowly switching over to all Aurifil. As I use up a color of the RA I am replacing with Aurifil. Well that's my two cents.
hi twistedsticks, welcome to the group
I find that Aurifil is the BEST. Doesn't break, beautiful colors and leaves very little lint in the bobbin case (if any). Hope that helps
hi gagoo, it's good to hear from you.
I am in and out. More out than in, ha ha! Glad to see the usual suspects are still members.
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i miss you on here, gagoo. you should drop in and play more often.
This is why I keep coming back to this site!! Information, Information, Information! Great insights from everyone. I've been using Gutermann for general sewing and piecing and have recently begun using Sulky for embroidery. Now you've all given me lots of new options! I sew, I sew...it's off to shop I go!
Thank you, Pamela. I found this information very helpful. Not only did you provide information, but you actually have experience with the threads and the information you provided!!! I am clearing my schedule to get into some piecing and wanted a quick update on the threads out on the market. I am going to spring board on my own from your information, since I too have a Bernina machine. I have taken some classes on Craftsy and after reading current magazine articles, the consensus was to use quality thread with your quality machine. It's kind of like using a better grade of oil in your car's motor. Which really makes sense. Thank you for taking the time to post the results of your search on this forum.
I was at a quilt show in Aug,and one of the vendors /LQS was selling a brand of thread I'd never hear of or tried. It is called Glide . I have to admit I love it . It is a polyester Thread .but it works so well in my Janome that I ordered Several spools of it. I can use this for peicing and quitling . I buy it in the cones and it last for a very long time. Barbara
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