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Which Variegated Thread Should I Use?

Posted: 22 October 2015 at 6 a.m.

Choose Superior!

Variegated threads are my favorite.  I love how they can accent and emphasize or perfectly compliment the fabric and pattern.  I’m on a variegated kick now and as I work on fall/winter projects I am consistently being pulled back to using them on my quilts. 

All variegated thread is not alike.  Superior variegated thread has a rare and wonderful quality: precision dye.  Precision dye is a true color line up with no bleeding.  All of Superior’s variegated colors are precision dyed with a 1-inch color change (opposed to random dye pattern).   With Superior you can make an accurate prediction of what color will appear in each place on your quilt.

We have several variegated threads that can be used for quilting.  Each of the threads listed below are recommended to be quilted with a size #18/4.0 needle on a longarm or #90/14 on a home machine.

King Tut Thread

King Tut is an extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton. Known as 'Nature's finest thread', King Tut has a gorgeous matte finish and is excellent for quilting. The bold, variegated colors are gorgeous and the tone-on-tones add a subtle and beautiful color change to any quilt.


Rainbows is a high-sheen variegated polyester.  Several bold multi-color or blendable tone-on-tones make this 60 shade collection a must have! (Bonus:  this thread is lint free!)

So Fine! #40

So Fine! #40 Did you know So Fine! is available in variegated colors?  Absolutely!  This Australian-themed line offers great color combinations in matte-finish polyester. (G’day mate!)


Fantastico is a high-tenacity trilobal polyester thread which is strong, bright, and beautiful.  Manufactured to be stronger than standard trilobal polyester threads, Fantastico quilts like a smooth, sailing dream.   This high-sheen thread is prefect when you want a little luster in your design.

Try our Variegated Thread Finder to help select the perfect shade for your current quilt!

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