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I have used Superior So Fine thread for piecing and a lot of my quilting for a long time now. It comes in a wide range of colors and runs smoothly, without leaving excess lint in my machine. I use it for hand sewing as well, on the rare occasions when I do that.
I buy a lot of thread, so I subscribe to the Superior Threads newsletter in order to get bargains when they come along. They recently ran a special to encourage folks to try out new threads: You could get spools of several threads for half price if you let them choose the colors.
I’m all about trying new things, so I bought several. I sewed a little sample of each and stapled it in my Superior Threads catalog so I can refer to it when I order in future.
The first thread I tried was Fantastico, a 40-weight trilobal polyester.
I’ve been interested in trilobal thread since my friend Melanie over at Catbird Quilts showed a nice piece she’d quilted with trilobal thread–it was shiny! (The thread she used was Glide, and she uses a long-arm rather than a home machine for quilting.)
Next up was another 40-weight trilobal polyester, this one variegated:
I still didn’t balance the tension, but you can see the sheen more with the variegated thread. I like this one, too!
Superior Razzle Dazzle is a thread developed by Ricky Tims and intended for couching or bobbin work. I bought this years ago for a machine quilting class I took and I never got to use it. So, since I was trying out threads anyway, I wound it on the bobbin, put Superior Bottom Line (a thin polyester) thread in the needle, and gave it a try:
I think bigger stitches would be better, but I like this! Razzle Dazzle indeed! I’ve never used bobbin work for quilting, but I think I can feel it coming soon.
Superior Magnifico is another decorative trilobal polyester thread, again 40 weight. I don’t know how many colors it comes in, but there are EIGHT pages of color charts in my catalog!
Finally, my FAVORITE, a metallic thread. I’ve tried several metallic thread and usually had trouble with them, even in my Bernina.
Ad you can see, this one gave me no trouble. And I did take time to balance the tension 🙂
All these threads ran smoothly with no problems. The recommended needle (#90) was printed on the end of each spool, which was very handy. I’m happy to have tried these and expect I’ll use them soon in my home-machine quilting.
Wow the metallic looks great! I use So Fine almost all the time (piecing and quilting), or a #50 weight from a different company. A few years ago I bought a set of lovely colors for my DSM from Connecting Threads. I still have some of that, still use it if I need a particular color, but compared to the So Fine it feels thick and ropey, and it leaves a lot of lint. I haven’t been very adventurous for either threads or stitch styles. But who know what I’ll try in the future!
Daughter gave me a lovely thread collection from Connecting Threads, too. And I use it for specific colors just as you do 😃
I would have never thought of doing separate little sample cards like that and putting them right in the catalog for reference! Also I have never heard of bobbin work but it looks so interesting!
Bobbin work allows the use of threads that won’t run smoothly through a needle, usually heavier threads. But of course the quilt has to be back side up on the machine, so the quilting can’t be placed precisely. I have some ideas, but haven’t yet done much with it.
I just got on their website and watched their video. It is an interesting concept to me because I really like the thread to show up! Thanks for clueing me in!
I have just tried Magnifico and the sheen was fantastic what wasn’t was the amount of lint left on the needle
Thanks for the information!