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Sew, Mama, Sew's "Show Us Your Stash ~ Thread!"

Sew, Mama, Sew! Wants to know about our Thread Stash.
My thread stash is dwindling…especially in the quilting and general sewing threads selection. I have used up so much. I haven’t shown pictures of all my threads. Many cones of serger thread are stored in a plastic bin. My excess machine embroidery thread is also tucked away. I love Guterman and Mettler threads for sewing…Madera, Gunold and Robison-Anton thread for machine embroidery. I am in process of testing out some other companies for quilting thread. Superior and Aurafil come to mind. I do have some Coats and Clark leftovers but rarely buy it.
As you can tell from my wonky organizing… I am in dire need of some thread racks! I also want to do a stock up shopping spree as soon as I am able.

Here are the Sew, Mama, Sew! Questions:

* How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

For machine embroidery I bought large cones of each available color. For general sewing I will usually stock up 3 or 4 from the same color family

* Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?

I try to. Many times I focus on blending it.

* Do you ever use contrasting thread?

Oh Yes! Especially if I want the thread to play an artistic part in the project

* Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?

If it is going to show or if I am picky about what the inside of a garment will look like, then yes. Otherwise I use a neutral color made special for bobbins

* What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?

Then I lay several across the fabric and see which blends the best. I also love to use variegated.

* Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?

Never use thread that you don’t know the age of without testing its strength. If it breaks toss it in the trash. Keep a good supply of neutral colors.

* Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?

Yup. They are in this post. The pictures are just a partial selection of my threads.

* Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?

Yes! I have been known to succumb to yummy colors

* Do you “invest” in thread?

I do … but as you can see I am overdue in my thread investing. Cha-Ching$$.

* What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)

All of the above and add in Silk, Heavy Duty Nylons {used for packs, tents and cycling / outdoor gear}, buttonhole…I’m sure there are others that slip my mind.




Big Skies and MasterPiece Thread Review

It was a gorgeous sky yesterday deep in the heart of Texas {clap-clap-clap-clap}

Yes, as a matter of fact that is a ladder on top of my vehicle.

A few posts back I mentioned using the MasterPiece thread. I like it for hand work… but, in my opinion, only for short projects or at least short THREAD lengths at a time. I tend to have a bad habit of sewing with too long of thread…as my Nagymama told me when I was a wee little girl

“Oy! You need to jump out the vindow and come back through the door to pull your thread through! Too long! Too long!” {said with a thick Hungarian accent}.

Back to my point. For piecing, it breaks on me. A lot. Maybe I need to go shorter. As far as machine use I loved it for freemotion quilting as long as I did not sew too fast {user error}. My trusty old Bernina 1530 did great with it. My Pfaff 7570 didn’t like it and my Bernina 180 was persnickety with it. I do LOVE it for my bobbins! You can get gobs of it on your bobbin. The MasterPiece is a fine 50wt and as their website says, it is a “…cotton for piecing, detail quilting, bobbin, lace, and applique…” I love it for applique as the stitches seem to disappear into the fabric. My only problems seemed to be with piecing by hand and machine.
I have sewn with Superior Threads Metallics for machine embroidery and absolutely think it is the best metallic I have ever used. So dear MasterPiece thread, perhaps it’s me, not you.

Birthday Quilt process continued

Good Saturday On You!

One row of hand-stitching left on the binding. Yesterday delayed the finish.
I used the MasterPiece thread that Pam suggested to me. I used it to do the free motion stippling and straight line quilting. It is soooooo fine and allows me to sew longer without refilling the bobbin. It has given me a few problems. Runs great in the Bernina 1530, broke a few times in the Pfaff 7570 but finally played nice using it with a horizontal spool holder… and as stated below…causes me grief in the Bernina 185E.
I use my old Pfaff 7570 to sew the first side of the binding on as it has the IDF…that’s like a built in walking foot and keeps all layers moving evenly. Wish my body had its own IDF! I also used it for the straight quilting. I love my Bernina 1530 for the Free Motion work…we just do well together and I feel the love as we waltz together. I have a newer {also bought used} Bernina 185E but haven’t tried it out for quilting yet. It was pretty persnickety with the Masterpiece thread. Kept shredding it. I will figure that problem out later.
For hand-sewing the MasterPiece is like buttah…mostly. The stitches are almost invisible and it doesn’t tangle. I do like to use some GOOD quality beeswax {not the icky kind sold in the notions department} on the thread to keep it straight. I used the thread doubled.

I am not affiliated with MasterPiece or Superior threads. Just the first time to use it. I would love to try the other threads Superior offers and also am curious as to how the Aurifil quilting thread sews/quilts. Sooooooo if any of you aforementioned thread manufacturers are reading this… I am available to test and review =D