Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday #42

Hello again my friends! 

Today's tidbit is a quick one. One we've probably all learned from experience, but still try to test the waters. 

You are probably wondering "what on Earth is that woman talking about?" right?

Well....what I mean is that when you find something you really like and you have no reason to change it, don't. 

Example: 

Sitting atop my next MBS quilt made of Sherbet Pips!! :D

Thread. I've used a good plenty of different kinds, but my all time favourite is Aurifil 50wt cotton thread. It's a dream to work with. It's smooth. It leaves less lint in your machine, which by the way, makes your machine literally go "ahhhhhhhhhh...". ;) 

In case you are wondering #1, I get mine at Red Rock Threads!  It is $8.95 per spool but it's only $4 shipping no matter how much you get! The shipping is super fast too! Gotta love that! Stock up! ( I was not asked to promote this shop, its just who I use and like. )

In case you were wondering #2, my favourite colour in Aurifil is the Light Gray #2600. I do all my piecing with this and a lot of my quilting too because it nearly becomes invisible, even on white fabric! (Again, I was not asked to promote Aurifil, it's just what I love!)

So why is this my tidbit for today? Not to talk you into switching to Aurifil (even though it is really really really great thread) but just to tell you to stick with what you love and you know works. There is nothing worse than telling yourself that you are going to try something new just because it's cheaper. Then after fighting with breaks and knots and re-calibrating your machine just to find out you hate it and you have to go spend the money on the thread you really like and you *really* wasted the money on the crappy thread anyway. {{takes really big breath and ends rant}}... LOL!

Notice the bit on re-calibrating your machine? Yes, you do need, or may need, to do this if you change your thread. So all that work you did to get your 1/4" seam perfect....yep, you need to start over if you choose a different type/weight thread. Why? Well, because if you have a different weight thread, thinner or thicker, like it or not, it affects your seam allowance. That little bit could change your block size by 1/4" - 1/2". Ugh.....See what I mean? It's just not worth it. :)

Moral of this story is to stick with what you like, and if you must change to a better thread, don't forget to test your 1/4" seam allowance again so when you start piecing, you won't have to rip it all out! Especially if you are mid-project. :) 

Much Love!!!

21 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, I had no idea about re-calibrating my machine! Ack!! But thanks for the info about Aurifil - I may try it sometime, although I really like piecing and quilting with serger thread - it's really unlikely I'll run out mid-quilt, which is an awesome feeling!! (PS love that Pips teaser...)

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  2. Thanks for this reminder! I recently tried a new thread that is really smooth in my machine, but it's thin and curls up on me when I snip the threads when finished sewing a seam. I feel like I waste so much thread just trying to get a hold of it to start sewing again. Sheesh! :)

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  3. Oh my all time favorite thread! Wouldn't dream of stitching with any thing else ;0)

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  4. thanks for the tip. I just might try it. I have been using Mettler 50wt. but am not committed to it. I think I'll order some because I am running low on thread. I almost always use a light grey too.

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  5. Love your blog! And I too am a huge fan of Aurifil.

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  6. So true! My machine only "eats" Gütermann which is a bit annoying because those are the most expensive ones. BUT - my sewing machine is doing such a wonderful job at sewing that I would even forgive it if it required gold for sewing :)
    Happy Wednesday, Karrie!

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  7. That is my favorite thread too. I use white though for most things. I wish I had a nickel for all the spools that I have used. I'd be rich!

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  8. Good advice! I love Aurifil! I buy it by the cone from Red Rock. Last for-ev-er!!

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  9. If you haven't tried Aurifil yet you must! it's the best best best. It lasts forever..i use it for everything. AND they just came out with an invisible thread...yay! Glad to hear of other Aurifil lovers:)
    -Karie

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  10. I have use Master Piece by Superior Threads. I have been so happy with the thread! I love their customer service, I love the thread and I am especially happy that they are an American company! All things being equal I try to support things made in the US whenever I can.

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  11. Would you recommend it for hand quilting? I'm pretty new.. and ALMOST done with my hexagon quilt.. okay.. not that close.. but getting there.. and looking forward to the hand quilting of the top. I am thinking forward to the quilting process, and which thread to use for quilting the top.. and of course looking for suggestions.

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  12. dianayoung1@irtc.netApril 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    i have always used robinson anton but i was looking at this aurifil yesterday in a mag.
    question though i bought a 20 fat quarter pack from hoffman batiks pressed and noticed they were not all cut the same some were at least 1 inch off sent a email in feb. just got a email back they will send me free 2 yds of any choice now what to do with 2 yds of this beautiful fabric (1yd 0f 2 fabric)i picked 4 and let them choose any suggestions please anybody!!!!

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  13. I have recently swithched to aurifil 50 wt for piecing too and I love it. I also use aurifil 60 wt in the bobbin because I get so much more on the bobbin and there is not really much difference in the thickness of the thread. Today I recieved aurifil 28 wt and 40 wt to test on the quilting. I like a thicker thread for that.
    Hugs from Norway

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  14. I just wish bobbins could hold more thread, don't you?

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  15. I love that exact same thread too. It's not such a bad price, because it is so thin there is tons of thread on the spool. Even though I love Aurifil, I did try Connecting Threads Essentials thread because of their low price and many people gave it rave reviews. I find that it's thicker but just as strong. I love to machine quilt with it because the line shows up just enough. I've recently started piecing with it because I have so much of it I need to use it up somehow. I like it but I had to recalibrate my machine from the Aurifil to the CT because of the difference in thickness & I'm not likely to change it back for a while.

    I really think that if you haven't tried Aurifil yet you need to! Order it online or run to your LQS. You'll love it even at it's high cost. They should offer smaller trial spools for less because it really sells itself, it's that good.

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  16. I noticed with my Singer I have to change my tension when I use the Gutterman. My Singer likes plain old Coats and Clark.

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  17. Thank you for this tidbit. I never knew about recalibrating the machine. :-o I may have to switch to Aurifil because the thread I use is getting hard to find. Fortunately, they're the same weight. :-)

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  18. Hahaha, sounds like the voice of experience speaking/ranting. I got a few spools or Aurifil in my Christmas stocking this past year - they rock!

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  19. We are getting a new quilt shop in town and she is bringing in Aurifil thread. I really want to try it as I have heard so many good things about it. Many people from the guild only use Aurifil thread.

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