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  • Embroidery: How long will my needle last?

    Superior Topstitch Needles

    Superior’s Titanium-coated Topstitch needles are fantastic for embroidery!  The elongated eye and deeper groove protects thread, as the needle passes through the fabric and stabilizer sandwich. The thin layer of titanium coating does an incredible job at maintaining the point sharpness. We get about 6 times more use out of our Titanium-coated needles than regular Nickel-plated needles. (The color-coded needles available are all nickel-plated.)

     While Superior’s Topstitch needles will last longer than standard needles, the life of your needle is also determined by the following:

    • Speed (Stitches per minute)
    • Thickness of fabric
    • Type of stabilizer
    • Multiple layers of stabilizer
    • Machine condition
    • Stitch density

    To help determine how long (or how many stitches) your needles will last, we’ve done some testing.  On our 10-needle commercial embroidery machine, we are usually stitching at the 500-800 SPM. We usually use a soft tear-away stabilizer with no backing fabric (just the top fabric and stabilizer). We have been averaging about 50 hours of embroidery time on this particular machine and are stitching many different designs, both small and large, and using a variety of our threads.

    Using these numbers as an example our needles will last between 1.5-2.4 million ...

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  • Sewing with a Twin Needle

    It’s an easy process to make adjustments to clothing on your home sewing machine. That’s right, you don’t need a Serger to make small changes!  When you use a Twin Needle in your sewing machine, you can mimic a type of coverstitch to help keep your hemming and adjustments in place. We like to sew with So Fine! #50 on top and hand-wind a bobbin with our stretchy Polyarn thread to get excellent results when making adjustments to knit fabrics.

    We’ve made a quick video showcasing how this is done, watch it here:

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  • Superior Spotlight: Wade W.

    Wade has been quilting for 2 years and has completed dozens of quilts.  The more challenging, the better!  Wade enjoys each part of the creative process including creating a design, choosing the fabric, piecing, and quilting on his Innova longarm.  While he has created many quilts, he does not own a single one because he always gives them away.   This king size quilt was made for his son. 

    Wade W Quilt with Omni

    Wade W Quilt with Omni

    Wade W Quilt with Omni

    Wade W Quilt with Omni

    This gorgeous quilt was completed using OMNI, Magnifico, and fabric from our very own, Fab Fabrics!

    What size quilts do you like to make?

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  • Our Inventory App!

    You asked for it; you got it!  Our newest Inventory app has been released on the Google Play store and iTunes!

     Superior Inventory App

    Superior Inventory App

    Superior Inventory App

    Keep track of your Superior thread stash on your phone or tablet on the go. No more sticky notes to keep track of, no more wondering at shows or events if you already have that color or need those needles.  Looking for more fun Superior Apps?  Check out what's currently available here.

    Once you've tried Superior's Inventory App let us know how you like it!

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  • Quilting Anonymous

    Our newest funny quilting video!  A ton of fun to make, hope you enjoy!

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  • Quilting Anonymous Sneak Peak!

    Quilting addiction is something that affects more than women, it can be a struggle for everyone.   Check out our sneak peak for our newest parody video.

    Be the first to see the full version by signing up for our Newsletter.  Video to be released August 1st!

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  • Superior Spotlight: Judge’s Choice Winner

    Our friend Anita, from The Cotton Mill Threadworks in Ontario (who is also a Superior Educator), was at the National show in Canada and shared with us this BEAUTIFUL quilt by Janet Rick-Bredin who designed and pieced this amazing quilt top. It was quilted by Catherine Sloan on her longarm. This piece of art won the Judge’s Choice award!

    Canada's Judges Choice

    Candian Quilt Winner

    This entirely machine curve-pieced gorgeous quilt was completed with Magnifico, chosen because of its sheen and luster. 

    Have you entered a quilt in a contest before?

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  • Favorite Colors!

    When Susie‘s contractor asked her what colors she wanted her 1910 Revival home painted, she knew just what she wanted!  She quickly grabbed 3 cones of Superior So Fine! #50 #410 Charcoal, #414 Claret, and #451 Blizzard.

    So Fine! #50 House Paint

    She loves the way it turned out!

    Have you ever used your favorite thread colors to choose matching or complimentary colors?

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  • How a Sewing Machine Bobbin Works

    When I sit down at my machine sew and everything runs smoothly, I am a happy sewer!  Every once in a while, my machine will have some kind of hiccup.  It’s frustrating times like these I wonder how my machine worked before and has now ceased to give me what I need (stress RELIEF!).  Then I begin to wonder exactly how my machine works in the first place.

    We have created a great informative video that shows how the bobbin hook catches the top thread and creates the stitch.  Without this mechanically brilliant component, my life, as we know it, would be dramatically different! 

    View our Prewound Bobbins!

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  • Superior Spotlight: Donna S. and Friends

    Today we are spotlighting a beautiful quilt Donna S. shared with us.  Her quilt group made this quilt for as a fund raiser for the Horses for Heroes riding program in Santa Fe, NM.  Members made the horse blocks using techniques and threads they learned from Superior University.

    Superior University Masters Class

    Superior University Masters Class

    The group fondly refers to their SU project as the Superior University Master’s Class as they were able to use the following products to complete their quilt:

    Texture Magic
    Charlotte's Fusible Web
    Razzle Dazzle
    Bottom Line
    King Tut
    Kimono Silk



    What kind of projects has your quilt group collaborated on?



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  • What thread can I use for sewing canvas and upholstery fabrics?

    Superior Bonded Nylon

    We understand that not all projects are sewn on light-weight, cotton fabrics.  There are times where sewing must be done on canvas, marine vinyl, leather, or thick upholstery fabric.  Projects with these fabrics are often done with the help of an industrial machine.  We recommend using our Bonded threads when sewing on these fabrics. Bonded Nylon and Bonded Poly are the go-to threads for these applications as they are strong and have excellent abrasion resistance. The bonding agent which coats these threads is made from a special resin that reduces its susceptibility to wear from friction and abrasion while sewing at high-speeds.  Choosing which Bonded thread to use is quite simple:

    Will my project be used mostly outdoors (exposed to UV rays)?

    If not, Bonded Nylon is a great choice. This strong, color-fast thread is a great choice for any indoor-sewing application and is available in many different thicknesses and colors. 

    If yes, Solar Guard (our Bonded Polyester) is a good choice for any outdoor furnishing because of its superior UV resistance compared to Nylon. Polyester as a fiber is much better at resisting deterioration from UV rays over Nylon.

    For outdoor fabrics which will be exposed to harsh UV ...

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  • Superior Spotlight: Roslyn A.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Today we highlight a stunning patriotic wall hanging created by Roslyn A.  Most of this amazing quilt has been thread painted using Superior Silver Metallic.  Roslyn was pleased that she could use and trust Metallic thread.  With minimal tension adjustment and normal stitching speed, she was able to complete her beautiful wall hanging without a single thread shredding or breaking. 

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    The sides, borders, and flag were quilted with So Fine! #50 and Bottom Line in the bobbin. 

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    The wall hanging was completed with 20 LED lights that truly put the sparkle in the fireworks.

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    Rosalyn's Patriotic Quilt

    To see more of Roslyn’s beautiful work, check out her blog!  

    Hope you have a safe and happy 4th!

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  • 5 Easy ways to tell if you’re using a high-quality cotton thread (part 2 of 2)

    Quality of Egyptian Cotton

    We continue with our 5 easy ways to tell if you are using a high-quality cotton thread.

    3.  Cotton Staple Length

    • Cotton thread strength and quality is often measured by the length of the staple.  Staples are the individual fibers from a cotton boll (the white cotton fluff produced from the cotton plant).  King Tut and MasterPiece are certified extra-long staple cotton threads.  High quality and superb performance are directly related to the extra-long staples which make smooth, strong, and extremely low-lint thread.

    4.  Break test

    • If you’ve been holding onto Grandma’s cotton threads for 20 years and are wondering if they will be reliable to use in your next project, try breaking the thread. Unwind a 2-3 foot section and grasp firmly in each hand. Start moving your hands in opposite directions, putting tension on the thread. If it snaps clean, (you will hear a ‘snap’ when the thread breaks) the thread is good.  If it frays or starts to pull apart without a clean break, you won’t want to use Grandma’s thread collection in your machine.

    5.  Labels

    • Labels tell a lot, but they don’t tell all and are sometimes not accurate. Most ...
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  • 5 Easy ways to tell if you’re using a high-quality cotton thread (part 1 of 2)



    You can feel the quality difference when driving an economy car versus a luxury ride.  This same principle applies to the thread world.  There are dozens of thread brands and hundreds of thread types and it’s important to know if you are getting the high-quality cotton thread you want and need to keep your gorgeous projects together.  To help distinguish between low-quality cotton thread and high-quality cotton thread, we’ve put together 5 points to help you choose the best.

    1.  Low Lint

    • If the cotton thread is very fuzzy or has “slubs” (clumps of excess lint spun into the thread), it is not a high-quality thread.  Excess fuzz affects the quality of your seam due to the extra bulk that it has. On the other extreme, if your cotton is extremely smooth with absolutely no fuzz—it’s not made to go through your machine.  The only way this is achieved is with a wax or glaze coating to cover the thread.  Glazed threads are great for hand quilting, as the waxed coating gives the thread extra strength, but if used in a machine, the wax will rub off between your machine’s tension discs and can gum ...
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  • WOW Wednesday!

    King Tut is Pretty!

    We love hearing Words of Wisdom (WOW) from our customers on how they make their quilting and sewing more fun, beautiful, creative, easy, and fantastic!

    Here are just a few ideas we’ve heard recently from our fabulous friends!

    Victoria V - Crochet with thread: I crochet; and my quilting friends have been trying to interest me in quilting (don't know how to sew). They introduced me to the St.George Quilt show a few years back. There I saw a spool of your Razzle Dazzle Thread - and it dazzled me. So I purchased a spool of it for an experiment. Now I crochet with Razzle Dazzle. It makes the most lovely, delicate and colorful crocheted items. You can also hold it along with another yarn or thread as an accent.

    Lynn S - I am cheap and could not seem to find thread boxes that fit all my cones and spools. I saved plastic strawberry containers and put my thread in them. Now I have stackable see through storage for my threads. And, an added bonus is that all sizes of the same color easily fit in the container.

    Kim R - When I change my needle I place a small ...

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