I want to thank everyone for taking the time to share their favorite threads! I found the answers to include many more brands of thread than I had anticipated! It seems that everywhere I go, the folks at Aurifil are doing an excellent job making sure their brand stays in the forefront of your shopping minds! lol! The fabric and pattern designers seem to each have their own thread collection...some just a handful of small spools and some with a large box of full sized spools...and in each video they make, each blog post they write, seems to always mention their favorite Auriful thread color... which is fine... they use it, they like it, they want to tell everyone about it.
With me being pretty new to quilting, figured that with all of that mentioning, Aurifil had to be the strongest and bestest thread available! So, I used it on a half dozen or so projects. MY experience with Aurfil 50wt was this:
Yes. It did run beautifully through my Janome. Nice and smooth with very little lint. Both from the spool and from the bobbin. It sews beautiful stitches (for piecing) and added no bulk in the seams. I then used it for quilting (Janome, domestic, straight line stitching with walking foot)...and while the quilting looked beautiful...it did not stand the test of washing! :-( I used it on a throw sized quilt and after only TWO gentle washes, the Aurifil 50wt broke in about 6 different places. Maybe too long of a stitch for the 50wt? I've since repaired the quilting and continue to use the throw, but, that was disappointment #1. The other issue I had with the Aurifil 50wt thread breaking was when hand stitching the binding to the front of the quilt. I sewed the traditional whip stitch about 1/8" apart. But, the thread broke in 2 places (again, this is on a quilt that actually gets used). So, my verdict on Aurifil is that while I may continue to use this brand for decorative pieces that don't get washed a lot... I'm going to be searching for and trying other brands that can withstand some actual use.
Some of those brands that I'll be trying are the ones that were mentioned in the comments in my previous post:
Superior (So Fine, Masterpiece and King Tut)
Mettler (Silk Finish Cotton)
DMC (sewing thread, not embroidery floss)
Coats and Clark (Cotton)
Connecting Threads (Cotton)
And for giggles...Craftsy (Cotton) and Missouri Star Quilt Company (Cotton) (both have their own, relatively new brands)
I'll post results as I use them. I've already purchased some Superior Masterpiece, which I'll use on my next pieced quilt. And, since I do have quite a few needle turn applique projects lined up, I searched for a brand that offered a good selection of colors all in one collection. This Mettler 28 spool set caught my eye...
To continue with testing new threads, I've purchased some Superior 40wt King Tut, which I plan to use to quilt my scrappy quilt. All is needed is for me to piece together a backing, then I can sandwich it and get to quilting!
And now... since I don't want any wooly fanatics to feel left out...I'm offering yet another giveaway!!! I grabbed a handful of washed and ready to go wool, a Primitive Gatherings wool pinkeep kit, some applique needles and a cute little primitive sheep recipe box with recipe cards! All that I ask is for you to leave a comment telling us what you create with wool and why you enjoy using wool so much!
Until next time...stay healthy & keep on smiling!