Thread Facts shared by Judy Johnson, The Threadmonger, at our May 2016 meeting.
Use New Thread! Get rid of old thread that is from the 80’s or earlier. It is not worthy of using in your beautiful quilts!
- Weight can be expressed in number from 0 to 100.
- Lower numbers=Heaviest and 100=lightest. 50-weight piecing thread falls in the middle
- Threads at the lower end of the scale are most often used for hand work, bobbin work or couching. Pearl Cotton, Razzle Dazzle, and Wool threads fit into this category
- 50 or 60 weight cotton makes a good piecing thread as it is lighter and creates less bulk in the seamline.
- 40 weight cotton and poly threads often used for machine quilting
- 60-100 weight poly threads are good choices in the bobbin with Metallic thread in the top.
- USE NEW THREAD
- Use a needle rated for Metallic thread: 90/14 or 100/16 for domestic machines Size 18 for Longarm Machines
- Use smooth Bobbin Thread (poly)
- Sew slower that your normal speed to reduce or eliminate breaks.
- Tension: be willing to adjust your tension to get the best stitch. Test, test, test using the same thread, fabric and batting combination as in your quilt.