Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What Thread Do You Use?

Ok, today I've decided I'm going to stop messing around with my choice of thread that I use! I still don't know as much as I could about the best threads to use for piecing, quilting, general sewing etc, but I do know that the price of thread over here is high! When I go to the sewing shop here in town I buy either Mettler or Gutterman as that is what they have. But, the price for a 1000 meters is over 15$. That much thread doesn't get me as far as I would like for the price. Then, when I want colored spools they only sell small amounts and you end up paying nearly double if you were to buy it in quantity. It's not my favorite thread, though. I really really like Aurifil, which I have bought in the past when I visit my favorite quilt shop in Canberra. It's expensive there, but at nearly 1500 yards per spool, it lasts so much longer. Also, it is a dream to work with! So, the question is, why don't I just buy the thread that I really really love? Today, I decided that I am going to phase out all my threads and sew with only Aurifil. Ebay and online purchasing is going to save me money on thread and make me a happier quilter/sewer!

What thread do you really really love to use???

9 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

presencia is what I use - not that I prefer it over any other brands...

Jenni said...

I use Rasant for machine sewing. I recently tried Presencia for hand sewing on a recommendation, but found I didn't like it. I went back to the Rasant for hexagons.

wishes, true and kind said...

I have been using Star for years -- out of habit,I guess. It was recommended in a class I took and I've never had any trouble with it. BUT -- there are so many other threads out there and sometimes I think I should give them a try.

joan

Sheryl said...

Rasant. have never had any problems and their grey/blue colour is a favourite for lots of projects.

Leah S said...

Essential threads from connectingthreads.com - the problem is I don't know if they ship outside of the USA. But I think one 5,000 yard spool is $8? 100% cotton, which is a biggie for me.

I find it pretty flexible and use it for piecing, quilting and binding.

Mel G said...

I love Aurifil for quilting. For piecing I'm just using up my thread stash. Trying to use up all my leftovers! I posted a question about your chocolate lollipop quilt in one of your November posts. That quilt is awesome and I'm dying to know what pattern/ template you are using! Thank you in advance for any help you can give!

Joanna said...

Another one using Star thread here. I use it for both piecing and quilting. I love it!

Krista Marvin said...

I just started quilting with aurafil and love it. It really performs well in my machine.

woolywoman said...

I use whatever is free! Or on sale. I seem to get a lot of random thread given to me by others who are clearing out. It it gives me trouble the first time I use it, I give up on it and give it to the Goodwill ( thrift shop)When I buy thread at a shop ( usually for sewing clothes) I tend to buy Gutterman, because of the wonderful colors. I hand quilt with perle cotton, size 8.

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