Monday, December 8, 2008

Do You Have a Favorite Thread?


One of the awards I won this year was a third place finish in the Home Machine Quilting Show in Utah. This was for my piece 'Flight Into Fantasy'. I didn't receive a cash prize but got a $150 gift certificate for Superior Threads. After much contemplation and deciding and re-deciding I finally ordered my threads that are pictured above. I have really enjoyed experimenting with these and have learned a lot about tension, needles and free motion quilting in general on my last 2 pieces. I love the threads and have never really felt any brand loyalty. I guess I have never really paid that much attention to thread before. The KingTut threads are 100% cotton and I love the low sheen finish they add. A couple of my favorite colors are Bulrushes, Old Giza and Sunflowers. The Rainbows are high sheen trilobol polyester and have been a little easier for me to get the tension right. Perfect Quilter is a heavier cotton and give a nice flat look. I really like the Pumpkin Spice color. This has turned out to be a great prize and has helped me focus on something that is important to my art. Do you have any favorite threads?


5 comments:

Sherryl said...

I also love the Rainbow's and King Tut's. That is all I use these days for quilting. I have almost no tension problems with them

katyquilts said...

My old Singer will take any kind of thread I want to put in it. In the past, I have mostly used white, gray , natural and black but am starting to really enjoy playing with different colors. I can't say I have a brand loyalty either but I will be watching the comments here to see what others like. Great question! And congrats on the great prize! Katy S

Grace said...

I just bought what seems like a truckload of Superior Rainbows and am eager to stitch with them for the first time.

My favs thoughis are King Tuts.

Judy Alexander said...

Thanks for letting me know your favs. As a followup question, what do you use in the bobbin. Same thread or something like bottom line?

ann said...

I just use what is locally available= Sulky and Coats & Clarks. I buy the specialty threads from Sulky [clear poly and metalics especially]. They seem to work rather well. Only problem is continually cleaning my machine so that the poly slides easily and doesn't snag. I have no problems with the C&C duly duty. I used to use it alot until I was told I should use all cotton. I find that their cotton is easily shreaded if I sew too fast. I have a big stock of thread, so I'm probably just going to go with that instead of spending any money. If some money does come my way, I think I'll try King Tut's as everyone seems to rave about them.