I usually buy thread to go with a project I’m working on. From time to time I’ll buy some variegated or metallic threads to add to my collection, just because.
No. When doing hand appliqué or mending I like the thread to match. When piecing I try to use a neutral. For machine quilting I’m just starting to experiment with varied coloured threads. I have done some thread painting as well.
Yes. See above. I think my free motion quilting isn’t good enough for bold contrast but heck it’s fun and in the end I don’t think anyone is going to look all that closely.
Not always. I have used different colours when free motion quilting and I haven’t found dots showing through to be much of a problem. Lots of times I will go with whatever is already wound on a bobbin that sort of matches.
I have done free motion on all parts of the quilt with one colour at times and at other times I have used different coloured threads for different sections.
I am really a beginner in the quilting area so I don’t have tons of advice. Using the right size needle for the thread is important. I also find that using different types of needles – e.g. metallic, embroidery – helps prevent breakage. I always try to experiment with different threads as I want to learn as much as possible. I love the look of rayon threads for embroidery. Metallic's can be frustrating to use because the metal wrap strips off the inner thread core easily. I love Aurifil for piecing as it doesn’t make as much lint and it is very strong but thin. I recently did a project that used elastic thread for shirring. It does a fantastic job! And is easy to use.
Yes. I have a disgusting amount of thread.
Yes absolutely. Especially specialty threads.
Anything I buy and don’t use up immediately is an investment in my mind. I love to have different colours and types of thread to choose from. I don’t live close to a store (one hour drive each way) so it isn’t likely I’m going to run to the store for thread if I don’t have something on hand.
Oh a little bit of everything…. Let me show you pictures.
These are cottons that I use mostly for piecing. You can see I have a few Aurifils. They’re the ones with the orange spools.
Here are my perle cottons and embroidery threads. I do cross stitch and embroidery both. The bags in the back are a big collection I was given by my SIL. She and my brother used to do a lot of cross stitch. Now they play on computers instead.
These are miscellaneous threads – there are some really heavy threads for sewing canvas or upholstery fabrics. Some rolls of thread that surveyors use – I was given a box of them. They are quite thin but good for basting. You can see a roll of invisible shrinking thread on top. I was going to take a class using this but was sick and couldn’t attend. I haven’t tried using the thread yet.
Last but not least, this is a collection of silk threads that I inherited from my MIL. As you can see by the spools some of them are very old. Note the tiny spool in the centre. It’s a little wood spool. I’m not sure if I’ll ever use these. I haven’t experimented with them.
And that’s it for my thread expose. I look forward to seeing what others have to share.