Thank you for your thread responses. I’ll post another question probably Tuesday. Like so many, Aurifil 50 wt. cotton is my preference. When living in Missouri, with the MQS show in Kansas City, Superior Threads was always there and I would stock up on MasterPiece while there because he sold it at wholesale prices to longarmers and there was no shipping . . I was there to see the colors and pick it up.
While I’m not one to say “my way is best”, I would never ever use or recommend poly thread for piecing . . not on top and not in the bobbin. If you’ve been using it with good results, and you’re comfortable doing it, I’m certainly not saying you should stop. I’m just saying . . I wouldn’t do it. When I was quilting for others, before I was ever finished loading a top, I knew right off the bat if the top maker had used poly threads. Anywhere you cut across a long line of stitching . . says you cut two 2-1/2″ strips, sew them together and then cut across them to make four patches . . those seams are not going to hold nearly as long as they would with cotton thread.
For years and years, we heard that poly threads would break cotton fibers and we were discouraged from using poly thread. Then some of the thread companies came out with various weights of poly thread and pushed them and all of a sudden, poly thread was the perfect thread. I don’t buy it. I use zero poly thread when piecing and very little of it when quilting.
All my piecing is done on Singer 301 machines from the 50’s. They will sew wish anything I put in them — cotton, poly, fishing line . . you name it and they do just fine with it. I guess I’m a bit persnickety in my old age but a sewing machine that doesn’t like certain threads is not a sewing machine I’m keeping. That’s why an almost never used 2 year old sewing machine got donated to the Joplin tornado relief.
If I were doing machine embroidery, yes . . I would love the poly threads and all the shiny stuff but for piecing, give me a good quality, thin, strong 100% cotton thread. The thicker the thread, the more issues you’re going to have when sewing together seams where many points come together. Someone once recommended Star cotton thread and I bought some. That is some thick thread! Lay 16 strands of that down side by side. That’s how many threads you have coming together when four pieces meet four more pieces to sew together a block.
I didn’t realize how much Star cotton I have til I dug out the box. I need to find something I can use this for!
I fully understand that cost can be a factor but folks, those cones of thread last for months and months and months. If you’re happy with your thread and the results you’re getting, don’t change a thing but if you are thinking there might be something better out there, please give Aurifil 50 wt. cotton a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
This drawer contains mostly Aurifil in weird colors but it’s great for machine finishing bindings where I need the thread to match the fabric.
As with too many other things in my life, there’s an excess of thread around here so I doubt I’ll ever need to buy thread again as long as I live. In my defense, and we know I need a very good defense when it comes to “stuff”, when I quilted for others, I needed lots of thread.
The top few rows on the above photo contain Masterpiece. The rest is Signature 100% cotton which I use a lot for machine quilting.
The top 6 or 7 rows contain Superior’s Bottom Line . . which I do not like at all! The rest, except for the very bottom few rows which contain miscellaneous threads, is Superior So Fine, which I also don’t like much . . mainly because it’s poly and it looks and feels like poly.
This rack is entirely variegated, which is kinda weird because I’ve probably never even used a full cone of variegated in my entire quilting life but it sure must’ve been fun to buy it.
And this rack will have you wondering about my sanity. It’s Maxi-Lock . . which I LOVE for longarm quilting. It doesn’t look like poly, it doesn’t feel like poly. It never ever gives me any trouble and I LOVE the way it looks on the quilt.
Chances are . . I have enough thread to finish up all the fabric I have here but chances are, I’m not going to live to be 200 years old and that’s how long it will take for me to get everything used up.