April-May 2006 Newsletter

Wise Words From Mother Superior
Nylon thread should not exist in your sewing supplies. Nylon threads , whether they are 'woollie'-type threads for sergers or invisible monofilament threads, have a very low melting temperature. Replacement polyester threads exist in both the 'woollie' type and the invisible monofilament. Unlike nylon, polyester has a high heat tolerance, will not discolor, or go brittle. One more thing to check: If your monofilament thread is marked as 'polyamide,' that is not polyester, but the chemical name for nylon. Don't be fooled.

Education: How Much Thread do I Need for This Project?
We often are asked how much thread it takes to quilt a quilt. It depends on the size of the quilt and the type of quilting to be done. The most thread I've seen used in a quilt is 20,000 yds. (10,000 yds. of MonoPoly invisible thread in the bobbin and 10,000 yds. of Nature Colors and Living Colors on top). This quilt is a beautiful thread painting entitled Precious Water by Hollis Chatelain and won Best of Show in Houston in 2004. Everyone's technique is different so the following yardage numbers are only averages. Of course it is possible to use much more or much less thread. These numbers are for the top thread only. Double them if you use the same thread for the bobbin. The three sets of numbers following the quilt size represent Light Quilting/Medium Quilting/Heavy Quilting.
Crib size: 200 yds./400 yds./600 yds.
Twin size: 400 yds./800 yds./1,200 yds.
Queen size: 600 yds./1,100 yds./1,600 yds.
King size: 700 yds./1,300 yds./2,000 yds.

What's New
1. Color cards for MasterPiece, our new #50/2-ply extra-long staple Egyptian cotton thread, are now in stock. These are made with the actual thread and as with all our color cards, are sold at our production cost of $3. They are well worth having because photos and computer monitors just can't compare to seeing the actual thread.
2. SuperBOBs assortment sets. SuperBOBs are cardboard-sided prewound bobbins, wound with 60 wt. lint-free Bottom Line thread and are available in both L style and M style. L style bobbins contain 118 yds. each and are available in 24 colors. M style bobbins contain 215 yds. each and are available in 24 colors. Assortment sets are available for both styles and are available by the dozen and by the half gross. Click here, then on Products, the Prewound Bobbins:

Please help us update our prewound bobbin machine-compatibility list. On our website, we list machines that are compatible with L style and M style prewound bobbins. If you use these on a machine that is not included on the list, please send us an e-mail so we can add it.
M Style list includes A-1, Gammill, Handi Quilter, Homesteader, some Noltings.
L Style list includes Bernina Artista 180, 185, and 200, Deco, 640, 730
Brother - most models
Pfaff all models
Esante ESE
Viking Designer I, II, SE, Rose
Janome - most models
Simplicity SE2
Elna 6003Q
Elna CE20
Babylock - most models
Brother ULT
Juki TL-98E, TL-98Q
some Noltings

Invitation to Retail Stores
If you own or work at a store that carries any of our products, please add your store information to the Store Locator on our website. Customers can find you by country, state, or zip code. We will tell the world about your store, list all Superior products you carry, list your phone number and website, and even provide a map. Listing is free. Here's the link:

Bob's Superior Joke of the Month
A husband and wife are getting ready for bed. The wife is standing in front of a full length mirror taking a long look at herself. "You know, dear,"she says, "I look in the mirror and I see an old woman. My face is all wrinkled, my chest sags down to my waist, and my rear end is sticking out a mile. I've got fat legs, and my arms are all flabby."
She turns to her husband and says, "Tell me something positive to make me feel better about myself."
He studies hard for a moment thinking about it and then says in a soft, thoughtful voice, "Well . . . . . there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."

Thank you for reading. Please forward to a friend and have a SUPERIOR day.
Bob Purcell, the Thread Professor
Superior Threads: The ONLY thread with a guarantee.
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