Thread is defined in the dictionary as "a long cord of flax, cotton or other fibrous material spun out to considerable length, especially when composed of two or more filaments twisted together". That definition barely scratches the surface of what thread is to quilters and sewists alike. There are many, MANY types of thread available, and your thread choice is an important part of your sewing success. There are natural and synthetic threads. thread also comes in sizes; the larger the number the finer the thread.  An 80 weight thread is very fine when compared to a 30 weight thread. The number of "plys" or filaments should also be a consideration in selecting the right thread for your project.  Generally, quilters like to sew with a good quality thread that has very little lint. Selecting thread weight is also important, as thread quality has continued to improve finer thread weights for piecing are being used. Of course, color also figures into your thread choice and we are often using taupe and grey as nuetrals. Thread choice is also important for embellishements and quilting.  Do you want your thread to blend in or stand out. Shiny? Metallic? Homespun? There is a lot to learn about thread, something we buy and take for granted. Many quilters like to piece with a neutral color thread, a light beige, tan or gray, others like to chose based on a dominant color. Asking your fellow quilters about thread can start what might become a heated discussion about brand, weight and color. Educating yourself about threads will help you make the best thread selections for any given project.

Benefits of Thread

  • Thread is a major component of piecing and quilting.
  • Thread can be used to add color and dimension onto a project with Thread Painting.
  • Threads can add a contrasting element to machine quilting.

Tools and Supplies for Thread

  • Thread snips
  • Spool stand
  • Needle threader
  • Thread conditioners
  • Needles - of all sizes, types and uses
What I Wish I Knew When I Started using Thread

Good quality THREAD is worth the money you spend on it. Buy the best you can afford.  Don't be afraid of "Grandma's thread" in that old sewing basket. Take 18" of the thread and using both hands grip each end and pull. If the thread easily snaps use that spool for crafts or decoration. Chances are the thread broke due to the dyes used and the fibers have deteriorated. If the thread holds, you can use it on your next project - if it is what you are looking for. 

Thread Resources

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