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  • Superior Spotlight: Diana J.

    Besides threatening your spouse, kids, and grandkids with the curse of all curses not touch your good sewing scissors, Diana created an excellent way to keep your sewing scissor safe from paper, hair, plastics, and all those other things your family believes, “Just once won’t hurt!”. 

    scissor protection case

    scissor protection case

    scissor protection case

    This “In-the-hoop” project was made with King Tut, Superior Metallics, and LAVA. Diana loves being able to make fun projects like this between her quilting activities. It gives her a chance to develop her embroidery skills and be creative in different methods. 

    Diana’s advice - When making in-the-hoop projects, a little spray adhesive goes a long way.  Don’t over spray the adhesive and clean your needle often.

    Diana’s challenge:  turning the case after it is all stitched together!

    What do you think?  Would something like this protect your scissors from abuse?

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (7 of 7)

    7th Deadly Sin:

    Giving up

    Take a deep breath.  Walk away for a while and come back.  And for pete’s sake, give us a call!  We’re here to help!

    Superior Threads Home

    While we’ve all at one time or another been guilty of at least one of the 7 deadly sins of sewing, we also know that sewing is truly meant to be fun, enjoyable, and loveable.  To assist you with this, we have created a troubleshooting guide to ensure you can conquer your sewing challenges and frustrations. If you have not yet viewed our educational DVD, Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob, we will give you one absolutely free.  The information contained in this DVD is guaranteed to solve 95% of thread-related frustrations.  If you order only the free DVD, you just pay shipping ($3.95 in the U.S. and $8.00 international).  If you order other products, simply add the DVD to an order.  Limit one per person please. 

    Once issues are resolved, you’ll be pleased as punch that you didn’t give up and that you now have a beautiful homemade creation.

    Supernova Quilt

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (6 of 7)

    6th Deadly Sin:

    Using a linty or waxed/coated thread in your machine

    Gunking up your machine with lint or waxed thread is a great way to want to proverbially throw your machine against the wall.  If your machine has slubs and gobs of lint and tends to shed more than Whiskers the cat during spring, you’re going to have a bad time.  Stop.  Clean out your bobbin area and thread path.

    Suggestion:  use high-quality thread.  In the thread world, you get what you pay for.  The cheap, discount store cotton thread will be very fuzzy and not very strong.  If you’re spending this much time and money on fabric, notions, and a machine, it’s worth it to pay for the good thread which holds your project together. 

    Egyptian Cotton Thread

    See Sin #1

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (5 of 7)

    5th Deadly Sin:

    Incorrect thread delivery method

    Rainbows Superior Thread cones and spools

    Thread delivery is often overlooked when troubleshooting.  Incorrect thread delivery adds drag and possible twisting to your thread which may create issues.  Spools that are stack wound should wind off the side, not over the top.  Cones should always unwind off the top, not off the side. 

    We’ve detailed this process in our Thread Holder video.

    See sin #6

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (4 of 7)

    4th Deadly Sin:

    Sewing with the wrong bottom tension

    Have you tried a new needle, checked the thread path, adjusted your top tension and still can’t get a good stitch?  It could be that your bobbin tension is too tight or too loose.  If you think about the tension setting of your top and bottom thread as a tug-of-war, you can begin to see how to adjust your tension to get that perfect stitch.  If top thread is breaking it would most likely be due to too tight top tension (see deadly sin 2) however, if your tension is loose up top and still breaking, it’s a good idea to check to see if bobbin tension is too tight.  Bird nesting underneath may be a sign that your bobbin tension is too loose. 

    Adjusting your bobbin tension is as simple as turning the screw on your bobbin a quarter turn. 

    To assist you in achieving that perfect bobbin tension we have a video on how to use the TOWA bobbin guage for longarm/midarm machines and a great education article which details how to get the right amount of bobbin tension.

    See Sin #5

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (3 of 7)

    3rd Deadly Sin:

    Threading the machine incorrectly

    Superior Silk Sampler


    Even if you’ve been sewing for years, sometimes the thread is just threaded incorrectly.  I’ve been guilty of this on several occasions.  I can’t figure out what is causing my thread to pucker or bunch so badly.  I swap needles, check my tension, and then I look at the take-up lever and realize that it’s not threaded correctly. 

    If you are experiencing unexplainable issues, carefully re-thread the machine and try again. 

    See sin #4

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (2 of 7)

    2nd Deadly Sin:

    Sewing with the wrong top tension setting


    Having too tight top tension will create uneven stitches and can cause your thread to break.  Machines with automatic tension settings are often set too tight.  Manually reduce the tension (this means override the automatic tension settings) and always go lower than you think it should be.  It’s much easier to over-loosen the tension and slowly tighten it up than it is to drop the tension in small increments, have the thread break, re-thread, lower tension, thread break, etc.

    The top and bobbin thread play a tug-of-war with each other when sewing.  If your bobbin thread is pulling to the top, even if the top thread isn't breaking, you top tension is still too tight! 

    Give yourself (and your thread) a break and loosen up that top tension.

    Tension Tug Of War


    See Sin #3

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  • The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (1 of 7)

    frustrated woman pulling hair out

    If you are having a tear-your-hair-out experience because of thread issues in your home sewing machine, it could be that you are committing one of the 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (GASP!!)

    Why are these sins so deadly?  Well, if you're experiencing this much frustration, some one could end know...

    1st Deadly Sin:

    Sewing with the wrong needle size

    Sewing with too-small of a needle can cause your thread to shred.  The size of the needle should correlate with the thickness of the thread you are using.  This ensures the thread can move smoothly through the eye of the needle and have enough protection the groove of the needles shaft.  Are you experiencing skipped stitches?  Time for a new needle.

    We recommend using Superior’s Topstitch needle for most sewing and embroidery applications.   These needles are amazing for at least two reasons.  First, the eye of a topstitch needle is nearly twice as long as the eye of a universal needle.  This extra length helps reduce friction, resulting in fewer thread breaks.  Second, the titanium coating extends the life of a needle up to 8 times longer than chrome-plated needles. 

    Topstitch vs. standard needle

    2nd deadly sin...

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  • Never Wind Another Bobbin!

    Have you tried our prewound bobbins?  They are quite remarkable! Because our bobbins are wound on high-tech industrial machines, we can get a tighter, even tension and more thread content per bobbin than bobbins you wind yourself.

    We are expanding our prewound selections to include Class-15 prewounds! These are coming in just a few short months. Currently, we have prewounds available in three of our amazing thread lines: Bottom Line, MasterPiece, and MonoPoly.

    Bobbin Infographic

    We know what you’re thinking, will these work in my machine and how can I get my hands on these?

    We’re ahead of you.  We are frequently updating our Bobbin Compatibility List to help you select the right bobbin for your machine.  Don’t see your machine?  Please let us know so we can input the correct information into our list.

    And, voila!  If you’re a Class 15, M-style, or L-style user, we feel using prewound bobbins will help you love your sewing and quilting experience even more! (Who doesn’t love saving time from winding your own bobbins?)

    Oh yes, did we mention they come in color combination sets

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  • MasterPiece Prewound Bobbins

    In this video, we detail how much effort goes into the production of our MasterPiece bobbins, to ensure the highest level of quality for you. Prewound bobbins can save you a lot of time, as you don't need to stop sewing to wind a bobbin. They're already wound for you! Our MasterPiece cotton bobbins also hold up to 50% more thread content than bobbins you wind yourself.

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  • Superior Spotlight: Jeannette O.

    Jeannette was challenged to make a queen size Baltimore quilt for each of her three daughters.  She was able to complete the applique over a period of four years and started to hand quilt one quilt which took two years.  (That’s long enough to need a break!)

    Jeannette was able to finish the last of the three quilts recently and we are proud to show off her beautiful, completed project!

    Jeannette O Baltimore Quilt

    This gallery-worthy, timeless quilt is hand appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand beaded.  Jeannette completed her classic quilt with So Fine! #50 and SuperBOBs in the bobbin. This will definitely be a treasured heirloom.

    Have you made a quilt by hand like this before?

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  • Free Downloadable Patterns

    Are you ready for a new project?  Or just want something that is both CUTE & FREE?!?!

    Cute as a bug free pattern

    If you’re looking for something cute, simple, challenging, modern, or unique, we have something that will fit your needs. Check out our FREE downloadable patterns.  Your next project is simply a click away.

    If you're a beginner, you might check out something like this.  If you're ready to push your quilting skills you may be more interested in this.

    Once you've chosen your pattern, check out our fabulous selection of fabric, piecing  and quilting threads.  (And don't forget about needles!)

    free pattern

    Time to tell us, what is your favorite quilting thread?

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  • 10 Benefits of Using a Quality Polyester Thread (Part 2 of 2)

    SoFine#50 group, polyester thread

    Are you starting to get the hint that we kind of love polyester thread?  Picking up where we left off, we have 5 more benefits of using a quality polyester.

    6.  Easily Washed

         -Polyester is heat resistant (dryer and iron save), with a melting temperature of about 480º F  (in comparison, nylon starts to yellow at 350º F and melts at about 415º F).  Polyester is colorfast, resistant to chemicals, and can be washed or dry-cleaned with most common cleaning detergents. 

    7.  Mildew Resistant

    8.  Retains heat-set pleats and creases

         -Lint-free poly thread can make very smooth seams.  There is one caution:  when you iron the seams, make sure your iron is on the medium setting for synthetics and not on the high setting for cotton. Although polyester is heat resistant, it is not as heat resistant as cotton and a high-heat iron can melt it.  As long as you aren’t leaving a hot iron on a polyester thread for too long, you should be just fine.

    9.  Abrasion Resistant

    10.  Quick drying

         -Absorbs very little moisture.

    Considering all the pros of using polyester, if you are now open to using polyester threads, check out our Try-Me specials.  You ...

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  • 10 Benefits of Using a Quality Polyester Thread (Part 1 of 2)

    Omni polyester polycore polywrapped

    Unfortunately, there are several myths and half-truths floating around about polyester threads.  The truth of it is, polyester threads are amazing and there’s more than a few reasons why.  In this two part blog, we will discuss the top 10 benefits of using a quality polyester.

    1. Strong

         -One of the most popular myths that exist in the quilting world is that polyester thread is so strong, it will tear right through your fabric!  Let's set this straight, thread will not tear through fabric, solely due to its fiber content.  If a thread ever tears through a fabric, it is because it won the strength contest, regardless if it is cotton or polyester.  Some cotton threads are stronger and wiry than polyester threads.  I use polyester all the time in my personal quilts and love using it.

    2. Resistant to stretching and shrinking

         -All of Superior's Polyester Threads undergo an extra process called 'Heat Set'.  This special process ensures that our thread will not shrink when exposed to heat.

    3. Crisp and resilient when wet or dry

    4. Wrinkle resistant

    5. Resistant to most chemicals

         -Polyester is colorfast.  Colors will not bleed, bleach, or fade.  Some threads ...

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  • Superior's Snap Spool

    Kitten with yarn unraveling so fasat

    Have you ever put a spool of thread away when you’re done with it and it just unravels? Isn’t it annoying when that happens? This is why we decided to offer most of our spools with a special cap. Our snap cap is perfect for preventing kittens from finding your spool and completely unraveling it in 3 minutes and 40 seconds!  (Kid proof too!)

    Now that you have the solution to storing your spools of thread, how do you keep thread on your cones when not in use?

    We have an idea, but want to know, what do you do?

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