When you get together with your friends or sewing group for a sewing day...well that is sewing, chat, coffee, tea and lots of cake...do you ever notice how many different types of threads are being used around the table...we all have our favourites, and once we find a thread that we love we seldom change.
Do you also notice that if you ask your friends about why they use a preferred thread they always say it is the best appliqué thread they have ever used.
Around our table the other day I think we covered nearly every type of thread available but now we are relying on you to tell us of any we missed or why you love the thread you use...maybe even convince us to try something new.
We have two machine appliqué junkies in our group and they use two completely different types of machine appliqué methods and thread. One machine fan in our group swears by invisible monofilament for a result that almost looks like needle turn...she uses two colours, smoke for darker colour fabrics and clear for lighter shades and she will always match her thread choice to the appliqué, never the background...not only does she handle the machine like a boss, but she makes it look easy...
On the other side of the table we have machine fan number two who loves colour in all its glory and uses rayon thread and Gutterman sulky in her machine to appliqué using a machine blanket stitch...she loves the fact that these threads are available in a multitude of amazing colours and that she can alter the finished result by her choice of light, dark or matching thread.
And now we get to rest of the gang...a table full of needle turn appliqué addicts and yikes, we all love different threads...and what a loyal bunch we sewers are...when we find the thread we love we stick to it.
Auriful 50 weight was a big favourite in the group...a very well loved choice for smooth and stress free needle turn...don't we all love a thread that doesn't knot, and Auriful fans say that is what they love about this thread...
There a few firm favourite neutral colours that fans say are a must in the sewing bag but they also have a huge range of colours.
Some just love Superior Masterpiece threads and it is easy to see why. Even before you thread a needle you want this thread because their colour wheels are so delicious and so portable....they come in great colour combinations and are wound on bobbins making it easy to carry every colour we think we will need....pretty cute eh.
We want them just because they are so darn pretty and look great sitting in our sewing bag....however fans of this thread say it is fine and smooth, seldom knots, and glides through fabric.
Do you love using silk thread..it gives such a beautiful invisible result and it sure does come in a
great range of colours and it goes a long way. Devotees swear by it and others say it slips out of the needle too easily and can even melt with some heavy handed pressing...
Who loves using The Bottom Line for their needle turn, some of us will use nothing else and say it is an absolute joy to use, and once again, that it seldom knots....a generic neutral colour is really all that is needed with this fine invisible thread so it makes packing for sewing day easy....but because it is polyester would you worry it will melt with too much pressing?
We hope you will all take a minute to tell us what threads you love and why...lets see if any of us can be persuaded to try a few different threads....and if we decide to trial a few more threads what a great excuse we will have to do more appliqué.