thread do you use for your quilting?
Actually I have used lots of different kinds of thread for my
quilting. If I don't want the thread to show, I use invisible
mono-filament. In the past I used YLI nylon. My new favorite
is Sulky Invisible which is polyester monofilament rather than
nylon. I understand that the polyester is supposed to be stronger
and less likely to deteriorate over time. In the last three
years I have really wanted the quilting to make a statement
in many of my quilts, so I have been using #30 top-stitching
thread in every color available. (Madiera Tanne #30 97 colors)
This is available from Web
of Thread 1-800-955-8185.
Recently I was given some rainbow varigated top stitching thread
by a quilter from Germany and a second rainbow thread that comes
in both the red-blue yellow spectrum and the cyan-magenta-yellow
spectrum form another quilter in Japan. I have used this in
several of my recent quilts, but have not found a source for
it in the United States. The closest
I have come is Mettler Stick/Embroidery #30 which comes in a
varigated rainbow that starts very dark navy and graduates through
red and yellow. Coats and Clark also has avarigated rainbow
jeans top stitching thread which is ok, but doesn't have much
of a twist. Generally when I use top stitching thread on top
I use regular sewing weight thread (#50) on the back. I try
to more or less match the top color so I don't have to worry
so much about little dots of bobbin thread showing on the top
or little dots of top thread showing on the back. In the case
of Cleared for Take-off, I used black fabric on the back of
the quilt, and the back became a night time version of the front.
When you are using nylon do you have problems with it snagging?
have been using 100% cotton thread in most of my recent quilts,
but ocasionally still use mono-filament. I have a real love-hate
relationship with mono-filament. It gives me the visual effects
I'm looking for, but has very bad habits. As my nylon is getting
used up, I'm switching to Sulky invisible, which is polyester
monofilament. It doesn't break as much a nylon, but still occasionally
winds itself willfully around my machine parts, or jumps out
of the tension springs, creating plastic hairballs on the underside
of the quilt. Sometimes winding it on a bobbin first helps.
I agree about your machine.....If you have a 1090 (or any older
model Bernina) don't ever trade it in. I think the 1090 is one
of the best machines they ever made.
I'm not sure that the mono-filament behaves any better with
any other brand of machine. It would be interesting in seeing
I have heard a rumor that nylon thread is causing quilts to deteriorate.
Is this true?
Recently a notice was posted to one of the online
chat groups claiming that one of my quilts at the Museum of the American
Quilters Society was showing signs of deterioriation in areas where
nylon thread had been used. I talked with Victoria Faero the director
of the Museum of the American Quilters Society. She says that there
has been no deterioration whatever in any of their quilts including
the ones using nylon thread. She thinks the rumor may have started
when someone on the board said that since these products have only
been on the market for a short time, we don't know what the long term
effects will be.
Here is Vicotria's answer:
Our museum recently learned of misinformation included on the Net
regarding a quilt made by Caryl Fallert which is in our collection.
Our museum is proud to have among its collection four quilts created
by Caryl. None shows deterioration caused by monofiliment thread.
In addition, we have been traveling an exhibit of her work for the
past two years. Each time the 30+ quilts have left our museum or arrived
back, detailed inspections have been done as condition reports were
completed, and no such deterioration has been noted. Any new fabrics,
threads, or techniques used in the construction of quilts have the
potential for resulting in future preservation and conservation challenges.
We suspect that a comment about this general situation has been misunderstood
or combined in error with a comment about Caryl's use of monofilament
thread, and the circulating misinformation has been the result. We
would appreciate anything you can do to help us assure quilters that
the Caryl Fallert quilts in our collection are in excellent condition--and
awaiting their viewing at MAQS! Victoria A. Faoro
detail of Caryl's
reverse machine quilted
I was wondering if you could help me? I have been fighting with
my sewing machine all weekend trying to sew with Sliver Thread
The sliver keeps breaking after quilting by machine within 3 minutes.
I am using cotton batting and the bobbin has polyester thread in
it. I am using a l4 Machine Quilting Needle.
Answer: The same exact thing happens to me, so I rarely use
either metalic or rayon thread. I'm just "plain cotton Caryl".
The people who are good at using these threads are Libby Lehman (book)
and Ellen Anne Eddy (her website)
Both have books out, and both teach classes in which these threads
are used. Maybe someday we'll meet as fellow students in one of these
classes. You might also try a book by Maurine Noble, Elizabeth Hendrricks,
Ursula Reikes called Machine
Quilting With Decorative Threads. and The
Machine Embroidery Handbook : Designing Fabrics With Stitching, Manipulation,
& Color by D. J. Bennett. In the mean time, when I feel that
I absolutely must use metalic, I usually wind it on a bobbin and quilt
from the reverse side. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck
with your project.
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