Once upon a time, quilters were taught to use only cotton threads, use the same thread both top and bottom, and quilt on days that end in y. We hope you no longer believe the first two! With so many different thread thicknesses (weights) and fiber types available for quilting, the options when it comes to thread are almost endless.
Understanding how to balance your top and bottom tension frees you from the idea that you must only use the same thread on top and bottom. There are many occasions where we use Polyester on top and Cotton in the bobbin or Silk on top and Polyester in the bobbin. Choosing the right thread to use in your project is simple. Now that you have the fiber type down, selecting the color you want can get tricky.
We love Color Cards because being able to see the colors in real life is better than matching on a computer monitor, but we know that it’s not always possible to have a color card. We’ve recently added several lines to our Color Comparison Charts. We take the guess-work out of deciding which color matches across our thread lines. Do you really like the Gold color in Bottom Line but want to use So Fine! #50? Not worries, we’ve got that comparison chart.
We are continually adding new charts across our thread lines with more comparisons. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can add it!
What is your favorite thread combination to use top and bottom? King Tut and MasterPiece? So Fine! #50 top and bottom?