When I’m doing trunk shows or lectures, I’m often asked which thread I prefer, which batting I like, which this or that I use. I do have my favorites and can be pretty opinionated or a bit of a brand name snob. I don’t mind recommending the things I use and love but I encourage everyone to try other brands for yourself.
I have a zillion kinds/brands/types of thread but my favorite is Superior Threads. Superior has all kinds/types of thread but my favorites are:
Masterpiece – I love this one for piecing. It’s fine but strong enough for piecing. The only time I use it on the longarm is for very fine work, like micro stippling or tight McTavishing. I use the 3,000 yard cones for piecing and they last forever! Mostly I’ll use a color like 152 or 153 and I use it for everything, without changing thread color unless I’m sewing two fabrics that are really dark. The other day I was sewing together strips of a dark green fabric for borders. Since I had two dark green fabrics together, I switched to a dark green thread. Had I been sewing a light fabric to a dark green fabric, I wouldn’t have changed thread color. One day I’m going to date a cone when I put it on the machine and see how long it lasts. 3,000 yards is 3,000 yards so it doesn’t matter what brand I’m using as far as how long the thread lasts . . I understand that.
King Tut – This is probably my favorite thread of all time. It just feels good and it looks good! I’ve never had a problem with it breaking on the longarm. The colors are fantastic. Some are kinda tone on tone without being what I’d call truly variegated, although King Tut variegated colors are yummy too!
So Fine – This is a poly thread and while I’m generally not a fan of poly, this thread looks a bit like cotton and I find that I use it pretty often. Many longarmers use it all the time because we get such good tension using So Fine in the bobbin and on top.
Bottom Line – I have a love/hate relationship with Bottom Line thread. I love it because it works so perfectly in the bobbin. I can use white or cream Bottom Line in the bobbin and use black or any very dark thread on top and never have the top thread show on the bottom or have the bobbin thread show on top. Fill a bobbin with Bottom Line and I can quilt for days (almost) without running out of thread. The hate part isn’t really a “hate” per se but the dislike comes into play because it’s polyester. It looks like poly and feels like poly but it just works like a dream in the longarm. How can I not love it?
Besides Superior thread always being perfect, the Superior customer service is . . superior! 🙂 I’ve never had problem with Superior thread but I’m betting if I ever I did, it would be resolved with one phone call.
On their website, there is a link at the top for “Education“. Click there and read for days! I’ve learned more from reading the info on the Superior web page than I’ve learned anywhere else . . ever . . about thread.
Just so no one thinks I *only* use Superior, here are my thread racks. You’ll find Signature, PermaCore and even a bit of Maxi-Lock.
Rack #1 – the top is Bottom Line, towards the middle and lower area is So Fine, the very bottom is just a mixture of whatever miscellaneous cones I have.
Rack #2 – The top is King Tut, towards the bottom of the top spool holder is Signature variegated. The bottom holder has Masterpiece near the top, then some Highlights and Rainbows, then some more Signature variegateds.
Rack #3 – Top spool holder has all Signature 100% cotton threads. The top half of the bottom spool holder is more Signature 100% cottons and then some cotton/poly cones near the bottom.
This may seem like a lot of thread to those who don’t do machine quilting but it really goes fast when using it on the longarm . . especially if you’re quilting non-stop, which seems like what I’ve been doing lately.