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What thread should I use for Applique?

Posted: 5 January 2016 at 6 a.m.

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Applique is awesome!  It’s a great way to add interest and dimension to quilts, bags, shirts, and more.  We offer several thread lines that are prefect for blending, decorative, and invisible applique. 

It’s ideal to stitch with a blending thread to make your applique look effortlessly applied.  These are the threads we’ll be discussing today.  Each of the threads can be used for applique by hand or machine.

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MasterPiece - Designed with award-winning quilter Alex Anderson, MasterPiece #50 is nature’s finest thread. Say goodbye to linty cotton threads and enjoy smooth stitches without the mess.

Bottom Line – Bottom Line is a 60 wt. lint-free polyester thread which blends very well when paired with similar-colored fabrics. Bottom Line is available in 55 colors and wound on cones, spools, and prewound bobbins. Our most popular color is #623 Silver, as it blends well with any light-colored fabric.

Kimono Silk - Kimono Silk is a #100, very fine silk thread. Made from 100% pure Japanese filament silk, Kimono Silk is incredibly strong for how fine it is. It slides through fabric without added friction.

MonoPoly - Our reduced-sheen monofilament polyester is the best choice when it comes to invisible threads. Unlike other monofilament threads made from weaker nylon materials, MonoPoly is made from polyester. Commonly referred to as an invisible thread due to its fineness and reduced-sheen, MonoPoly is great for invisible applique. Available in 2 colors, Smoke (for dark fabrics) and Clear (for light fabrics).

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One of the best things about applique is that you can do it on the go!  To help manage space in your applique bag we offer Donuts.  35 colors to choose from in one convenient ring.  Available in MasterPiece or Bottom Line.

What’s your favorite applique thread? 

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  • 2. Betty Jo Tatum (23 June 2017 at 11:16 a.m.)

    I love your threads. It depends on the look I'm trying to get which thread I choose for my machine applique. I used to dislike monopoly until you came out with your reduced sheen monopoly and now I use it. I also really like Kimono Silk and lately Microquilter. If I really want the edge to show I choose one of your 40 weights.
  • 1. Sue Bleiweiss (06 January 2016 at 5:27 a.m.)

    I love all your threads and use them extensively in my work but lately my go to thread has been the monopoly which performs beautifully in both the bobbin and the top of my BERNINA - love it!

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