We have all seen the nutrition pyramid that encourages healthy food choices. The pyramid drawing shows daily recommended servings for each category. The bottom (and largest portion), shows grains, the next level up shows fruits and vegetables, the next level up shows dairy and protein, and smallest portion at the top of the pyramid shows fats and sweets. As we move toward the top of the pyramid, the importance of each level remains the same but the recommended quantity decreases. Totally ignoring even the smallest category would not be healthy.
Let’s apply this pyramid to sewing. Whether we are quilting, embroidering, constructing, or crafting, we have been programmed to think like this:
Most important is the machine.
Next is the fabric.
Somewhat important is the top thread.
Least important is the bobbin thread.
This way of thinking is not healthy. It merely reflects the time and expense at each level and tends to place less importance on the top levels of the pyramid. We may spend thousands of dollars on the machine, hundreds on fabric, dollars on the top thread, and pennies on the bobbin thread.
We buy the best machine we can afford. We shop for quality fabric, relying on reputable brands. Many have discovered there really is a difference in thread and are carefully choosing a quality top thread. However, the bobbin thread is still frequently ignored and the "anything will do" attitude is too prevalent. Just as in the nutrition pyramid, each level of the sewing pyramid is equally important. It does not make sense to eat healthy in two or three of the categories and ignore one or two other categories. Likewise, it does not make sense to have a quality machine, quality fabric, quality top thread, and then use junk bobbin thread. The bobbin thread is just as important as other levels of this pyramid. Some good Bobbin Thread Therapy will help us stay in proper balance.