November 2006 Newsletter
Wise Words From Mother Superior
When quilting with a very smooth thread such as metallics, Rainbows, and other smooth polyesters, the ends need to be secured by overstitching. Also, bury the ends to make sure they can't work themselves loose.
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1. Linda Pysto (Nevada). Because most of the time we sew two different colors together when piecing, I use one color of Masterpiece thread on top and a different color Masterpiece thread in the bobbin. The thread colors match or blend with either of the two fabrics. That way something matches each of the fabrics and you won't see the stitching popping out of the seam.
2. Annette Burgess (Pennsylvania). I use certain threads for certain projects. So, after I have wound a bobbin, I secure the loose end of thread with a piece of clear tape on the side of the bobbin and write on the tape with permanent marker whether it is So Fine, Bottom Line, Masterpiece, etc. This way when I return to my bobbin box later and find two different blues or tans, I know exactly what type of thread I have that color in.
Education: Top Questions of 2006, Part 1
1. Will using prewound bobbins void the warranty on my machine?
This is a common question and unfortunately believed by many because they were told this by their machine dealer. I have never seen this disclaimer in writing in the manual or on the warranty card of any brand of machine. I asked machine dealers and some said they were told to advise their customers that using prewound bobbins would void the warranty. I still did not believe it so I went to the top, directly to the machine companies. Here is their answer: "Prewound bobbins will NOT void the machine warranty. There seems to be no problem with using quality prewound bobbins."
I'm sure there have been cases where a customer takes a machine in for servicing and lint from cheap prewound bobbins have really clogged the machine. The service technician would then advise the customer to avoid them. I can understand and agree with that. But these stories have turned into rumors and rumors become assumed truths and it is difficult to undo these, but I'm trying. It is a fact that most major machine companies sell prewound bobbins. Approx. 70% of machines use the standard L style prewound bobbin. A list of compatible machines is on our website. If your machine model is compatible with prewounds bobbins, choose wisely and enjoy the convenience. Here is a link that lists many of the compatible machines: http://www.superiorthreads.com/category/65
2. Can So Fine be used for piecing?
So Fine can be used for piecing if you prefer to piece with polyester. The only caution is when ironing, not to use the iron on high heat. We prefer MasterPiece for piecing because it is a smooth, fine cotton and can be ironed without worry.
3. Can I quilt with serger thread?
Yes, but why would you? Most serger thread on the market is the cheapest type of spun polyester thread. When used on a serger, multiple strands of this thread are overlocked, resulting in a strong and secure stitch. However, if used as a single thread for quilting, it is weak and fluffy. It doesn't make sense to put two dollars' worth of thread onto a $300 quilt. Inexpensive serger thread has a loose twist, is not very smooth, has a lot of lint, and is not intended for single-strand use.
4. Will polyester thread tear my quilt?
This is a Top 10 question every year. The answer is No. If thread ever tears through the quilt, it is only because it was much stronger than the fabric. Some cotton thread is stronger than poly. To prove this, get some glazed (or coated) cotton thread and compare its breaking strength to a similar size polyester thread. Polyester is perfectly safe to use. Choose the thread by its quality and for the effect it gives and ignore the myths.
1. King Tut NEW 25 colors will arrive at the end of November. Many of the new colors include new Tone-on-Tones by Sue Nickels and a collection of 12 Cottage Colors by Betty Cotton. All new colors are available in two sizes, 500 yd. spools and 2,000 yd. cones. For stores, the new 25 colors come with a display rack.
2. Brytes by Caryl Bryer Fallert is a #30/3 high-sheen, lint-free polyester thread. Brytes is toward the heavier side and intended to show off in your quilting and embroidery. 50 bright colors will be available by the end of November in two spool sizes: 275 yd. spools and 2,000 yd. cones.
3. Color Cards are now in stock for the NEW 25 colors of King Tut, Brytes, and Highlights. As always, color cards made with the actual thread are sold at our production cost of $3 each.
4. We often receive inquiries asking who distributes our products. We will start highlighting distributors in next month's newsletter.
We offer educational seminars and hands-on classes for stores and guilds. Information is on our website, http://www.superiorthreads.com/ Click on Seminars & Workshops.
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 the 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: http://www.superiorthreads.com/locate/
1. Poly Quilter 2,000 yd. cones. This is a medium-heavy spun poly thread in 36 variegated colors. Spun poly gives the appearance of cotton, whereas high-sheen poly gives the appearance of silk. 2,000 yd. cones are $16.50 (regularly $21.95).
2. Highlights. 40 wt. high-sheen polyester 2,000 yd. cones. $9.00. (Regular price is $13.90)
3. Check out other specials here: http://www.superiorthreads.com/category/49
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Bob's Superior Joke of the Month
A little girl walks up to her grandfather and says, "Grandpa, can you make a sound like a frog?"
Grandpa says, "Honey, why do you want me to do that?"
And the little girls says, "Well, Daddy said that when you croak, we all get to go to Disney World!"
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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