Feb-March 2008

February-March 2008

Q. When changing a spool of thread on my sewing machine, is it best to clip the thread close to the spool and then pull the thread out downward through the needle rather than pulling it upward?
A. That is probably the better way, but not absolutely necessary if you are using a very good quality thread. A loosely twisted, low quality thread pulled backwards through the machine may cause problems but a smooth, tightly twisted quality thread will not cause damage.

EDUCATION: Thread Selection Guide
What thread should I use? Instead of words, this new chart says it all. An easy-to-follow illustration will take you from start to finish. Our new THREAD SELECTION GUIDE helps in choosing the right thread for each project. I think you will really like this chart. Individuals, guilds, stores, and teachers have permission to copy it. Copy and paste this link into your browser
or access it from our home page (click on NEW! Check out our Thread Selection Guide.)
When the THREAD SELECTION GUIDE is used in conjunction with our newly revised THREAD REFERENCE GUIDE,
you can get quick answers to what thread to use, recommended needle size and tension settings, and compatible bobbin thread.

Feb. 28-March 2. Puyallup, WA. Sewing & Stitchery Expo
March 27-30. Lancaster, PA. Quilters Heritage Celebration
April 16-19. Manchester, NH. MQX.
May 1-3. Glen Falls, NY. Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar

We need your feedback. If you ordered and tested a sample MonoPoly bobbin, sample So Fine bobbin, or sample Class 15 (A-style) bobbin, we want to hear from you. If you like them, we'll order them.

$30 GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERS. Please send your ideas to help us serve you better (products, education, website, customer service, etc.). We will award a $30 gift certificate for the best ideas. In the e-mail subject line, please type "$30 idea." This month's winners:
1. Jane Weiss (Wisconsin). On the Education pages, format into printer friendly versions.
Bob's Note: Formatting has been done for each topic. If you prefer to print out the entire library and have a 90-page reference book, a formatted pdf file is also available. Click on this link and see instructions at the top of the page:

2. Cindy Drake (Iowa). Would it be possible to improve the online color charts for So Fine thread? Perhaps the two different groups of colors (original and new) could each have their own separate link.
Bob's Note: Done. Thank you for helping us improve our website.

3. Nancy Sharr (Iowa). I still struggle trying to determine which size needle I need for my various types of thread (i.e. So Fine, Rainbows, Metallics, etc.) Would it be possible on the needles ordering page to add the threads that are recommended for each of the needle sizes?
Bob's Note: Great idea. Added.

4. Janie Delap (Illinois). If someone clicks on an image to enlarge it, can you have the enlarged image appear in a new window? Then if they click on another image, yet another window opens. They can then position the two new windows side by side.
Bob's Note: Done. Now you can compare two spools or cones side by side and select the right color. By clicking on the image, a new browser window opens and you can position multiple windows side by side on your computer monitor.

1. New Rainbows colors, available in both 500 yd. spools and 2,000 yd. cones.
#845-NEW will replace the original color. This new color is variegated pinks and browns and matches popular fabric trends. The following colors have been developed as variegated landscape shades:
#853 Golden Glory. Variegated shades of golds, yellows, reds.
#854 Almond Bar. Light to medium shades of tans and browns.
#855 Bow Wow (named for bark, as is tree bark. Good one Heather.) Variegated shades of tans, golds, browns.
#856 Rock Slide. Medium to dark shades of golds and browns.
#857 Turning Leaves. Variegated shades of greens and golds.
#858 Tree Tops. Variegated shades of medium and dark greens.
Click here to view:

2. MasterPiece on L-style cardboard-sided prewound bobbins. The six most popular neutral colors are here. #151 CANVAS, #152 BISQUE, #153 PARCHMENT, #155 GRAY, #156 GRANITE, and #161 RAVEN. MasterPiece is the absolute highest grade extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton. It is a #50/2-ply thread which makes it ideal for bobbin, piecing, applique, lacework, and heirloom embroidery. You and your machine will notice the difference. 50% off introductory sale. See Specials section below for price.

3. T-Shirts. If you have attended Bob' 's seminar and graduated with a PhD in Threadology, tell the world about it. "Do You Have a PhD in Threadology?" T-shirts are available in Red, Black, and White. Sizes M, L, XL. $15.

4. The Bottom Line has five new wonderfully blending neutral colors ranging from off white to beige. Check out colors 651, 652, 653, 654, 655. If you like color #620 (Cream) and #624 (Natural White), these new colors just might become your new favorites. Available on 1,420 yd. spools and 3,000 yd. cones.

5. Hand applique-ers love BOBs, which are plastic-sided prewound bobbins. Twelve new colors are now available in Variety Pack 3.

6. Vanish-Lite is about half the weight of our Vanish-Extra. Faster dissolving. Available on 300 yd. spools and 2,000 yd. cones. (Not recommended for swimsuits. Ha Ha!)

1. 50% off our NEW MasterPiece prewound bobbins. L-style with cardboard-sides.
dozen = $5.00
half gross = $29.00
gross = $48.00
The six most popular neutral colors are here. #151 CANVAS, #152 BISQUE, #153 PARCHMENT, #155 GRAY, #156 GRANITE, and #161 RAVEN. MasterPiece is the absolute highest grade extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton. It is a #50/2-ply thread which makes it ideal for bobbin, piecing, applique, lacework, and heirloom embroidery. Your machine will notice the difference. Note: We sent our thread to a new bobbin winding factory and, by mistake, the cardboard sides they used were preprinted with the word "polyester." We are crossing out that word with a marking pen so our first batch of MasterPiece bobbins do not look real professional.

2. 50% off Perfect Quilter. Regular price for 300 yd. mini cones is $8.99. Now only $4.50. 2,500 yd. cones are $15 per cone (reg. $29.95). Perfect Quilter is a 17 wt. cotton thread that creates a wonderful, well defined stitch. We recommend using a Topstitch #100/16 needle and a thread stand/cone holder. We recommend this thread for home machines and not for most longarms. Topstitch needles are available on our website and heavy duty thread stands are also available. Here's the link for Perfect Quilter:

3. LAVA is our newest thread. It is a strong 3-ply 35 wt. lint-free polyester made for all types of home machines, longarm machines, and computerized machines. 35 variegated colors are in stock, all with a 1-inch color change interval. 2,000 yd. cones are on sale for $18 (reg. $21.95). We guarantee you will love LAVA. Recommended needle size: Topstitch #100/16 for home machines and #19, 20, or 21 (MR 4.0 or 4.5 ) for longarms.

4. T-shirts. "Do you have a PhD in Threadology?" with Superior logo. Available in Red, Black, and White. Sizes M, L, XL. $15.

5. Check out other specials and "try me" specials here:

6. (My son's business). Introducing the latest product in entry-level weaving! The Eolia Superior Weaver is a tabletop weaving loom that is simple and fun. Children as young as 7 or 8 can now weave beautiful projects. With the patented heddle, warping as well as weaving busy projects are simplified. With this loom, you can easily create a variety of projects from clothing and blankets to wall hangings and accessories. We are currently offering a special on the Eolia Superior Weaver for only $139.95 (reg. $189.95) which includes the following: Frame, Heddle, Extension Bars, Roller bars, 6 shuttles, Instruction Manual,& a Detailed CD-Rom user guide.

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Walking up to the store's fabric counter, an attractive young woman said, "I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?"
"Only one kiss per yard," replied the smirking male clerk.
Not to be taken back by the comment, the woman said, "That's fine. I'll take ten yards."
With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk hurriedly measured out and wrapped the material, then held it out teasingly, leaning forward to receive the special payment.
The woman snapped up the package and pointed to an old man standing beside her. "Grandpa will pay the bill," she smiled.

THANK YOU for reading. Please forward to a friend and have a SUPERIOR day.
Bob Purcell, the Thread Professor and self-certified Threadologist Superior Threads: The ONLY thread with a guarantee. Superior no ka oi.

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