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  • Busting The Biggest Quilting Myth

    Will polyester thread really tear the fabric in my quilt?
    (So Fine! Lint free,no available in #50/3, #40/3 (variegated) and #30/3

    Bob is here to bust the Biggest Myth in the Quilting World:
    Everyone has some cotton T-shirts. One of the most popular brands is Hanes. One day I called Hanes and asked them what kind of thread they use to sew their cotton T-Shirts. Here is how the phone conversations went:
    Bob: “What kind of thread do you use to sew your cotton T-Shirts?”
    Hanes: “Why do you want to know?”
    Bob: “I love thread. I’m doing research.”
    Hanes: “Just a minute please.”
    By the time I spoke to a third person and convinced them I was not a corporate spy who was trying to get them in trouble for labeling a T-Shirt as 100% cotton even though they use polyester thread, I was told they do indeed use polyester thread to sew their cotton T-Shirts.
    A 100% cotton T-shirt gets a lot more wear and tear than a quilt. If it were true that polyester thread will tear through the cotton quilt fabric, it would do the same to a T-shirt and at a much faster rate due to the extreme wear and tear a T-shirt receives. Yet I have never seen the thread in a T-shirt seam tear through the fabric as a result of normal or even heavy use.
    It does not happen.
    If we used an extremely strong and wiry thread with a very low quality flimsy or delicate fabric, yes, it is possible that the thread, regardless whether it is polyester or cotton or silk, could tear through the fabric, but when we quilt, we do not combine an extra strong wiry thread with a low quality flimsy fabric.

    If we use quality thread and quality fabric, we are well balanced and whether we use cotton, polyester, silk, or metallic thread, there is absolutely no need to worry about the thread tearing through the fabric.

    (Bottom Line, 60 wt. lint free polyester)

    So where did this "polyester-thread-will-tear-through-the-fabric" rumor begin?
    Most likely it is a case of tradition turning into a rumor and eventually becoming a commonly accepted belief. Great Grandma used cotton because that is all she had. She taught Grandma, Grandma taught Mom, and Mom taught me and cotton became the only acceptable thread to use when quilting. Sometimes traditions are stronger than truth. It is perfectly fine to use a good polyester, metallic, silk, or cotton thread in your quilt.
    Let's go defeat those bad myths.

    To watch a video clip on this myth, click here.
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  • Bob's Birthday Special

    BOB’s BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
    Shipping costs are always a concern for us. It is expensive and we subsidize shipping costs on many orders. But it’s my birthday and we’re going to offer something very different.
    During February, ONLY $3.95 SHIPPING ON ALL RETAIL ORDERS within the U.S. 50 states.
    You choose the products, we’ll choose the shipping method and we’ll celebrate together. (Wholesale and business account orders do not qualify.)
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