Here we go (now whenever I hear that I think of the Super Bowl beer ad with the dog named We Go)--I was just reading about someone who has used "unusual" thread for hand quilting--Monopoly and metallic. Anyone tried these? I sent Superior Threads an email to get their take on thread other than cotton for hand quilting. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences.
Pat--"Keep Calm and Carry On"
Here is the email I sent to Superior Threads and the reply--
Is it possible to use one of your great poly threads to hand quilt?
I have never tried monopoly or metalic for hand quilting. I have used metallic for embellishment and found it to be very hard to sew with. I really don't think I would want to attempt to quilt with it. I have been using the Aurifil 50 wt. for my hand quilting and am having really good luck with it. I also have some Aurifil 28 wt. that I plan on trying on a future project.
Just getting around to emails--
I like to machine quilt with the new poly threads, so I might just try it out since I have it. Will report on my findings.
Pat-"Keep Calm and Carry On"
The group that I quilt with has tried some interesting varigated thread that wasn't specifically hand quilting thread.
Some of them were maddening--it knotted onto itself badly, and the knot was impossible to remove. The worst of it was the shredding at the needle's eye in particular, and the length of thread in general.
We had to use shorter lengths than usual, and beeswax was essential. At least, the knotting was less common, and it shredded less, but it was still miserable.
Our quilts are done as quickly as we can get them done, because they are timed to go into charity auctions. The thread slowed us down a lot. Women who don't usually complain and gripe were doing so quite vocally.
The latest quilt in the frame has a nice, sensible Aurofil for its thread.
Linda in Amish Country, Ohio
Was the thread that gave you so much trouble a rayon by any chance?
I don't remember what it was. It was on a white styrofoam looking spool, and the label may have fallen off, because I don't remember reading it. I would have, because I would like to have known what it was so I never bought any of it for myself.
It did look nice on the quilt, but the shredding was awful. I was worried that it would wear badly in the quilt.