I have been so very busy this month. We are 13 days into the month and I have already completed 9 quilts, 2 of which were very large. The funny thing is that I can’t show pictures of any of them right now…….*sigh* Without any pictures of quilts what am I going to talk about?????
How about thread? I like to say that if quilting is my therapy, then threads are my meds!
Are you a cotton kind of person? Or a polyester kind of person? I am not talking about fabric, of course, I am talking about thread. My thread of choice is So Fine, a 50 wt poly thread that runs like a dream in my machine. Just gorgeous.
I know there are cotton purists that would disagree with me. They would probably say that its not a natural fiber……Or they might point out that poly thread is so strong that it could eventually shred the fabric.
But I would disagree, quite respectfully of course. Poly thread is thinner than cotton, which allows it to blend in with the fabric. It is also stronger than cotton which makes it ideal for machine quilting. While it is a stronger, I have never had a quilt shred from the use of poly thread. There is also a lot less lint with a poly thread. That doesn’t have anything to do with the performance of the thread, just a nice “extra”
But I do love a good cotton thread. In fact, I prefer to use cotton in the bobbin. It’s a little more grippy than the poly thread and helps hold the So Fine thread. My favorite cotton thread is Aurifil 50 wt. Since it’s a quality thread, it is strong but has low lint. I especially like it for piecing as well as quilting!
I would love to know what you think? What is your favorite go-to thread for piecing or machine quilting?