February 2010 Newsletter
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Forgotten item. Jae Stewart: Please e-mail us about forgotten items at our booth at the Road to California show.
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
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.)
WISE WORDS FROM MOTHER SUPERIOR
Quality. Service. Education.
our goal is to provide the absolute best quality products to the
quilting, embroidery, and sewing world and help you be successful in
using them. Education is a top priority. Here are methods we use to
* Free e-mail Newsletter.
* Information and Reference Guides on our website. See our Education pages.
* Seminars and hands-on classes at stores, guilds, and major quilt shows.
* School of Threadology.
The formula is simple: The best quality thread + learn and apply knowledge = sewing success.
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EDUCATION: Top 10 Questions of 2009
1. Is it OK to piece with polyester?
Although we recommend MasterPiece
for piecing because it is extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton,
piecing with polyester is fine if you remember to turn down the iron
temperature when ironing the seams. Cotton is iron safe. Polyester
can melt at high temperatures.
2. My machine has automatic tension. Do I still need to adjust the tension settings?
is a big YES. The newer machines are coming with tighter and tighter
tensions. Most machines are preset with fairly tight top tension and
adjusted to sew (not quilt and embroider) with a 50 or 60 wt.
polyester thread. The preset tension is too tight for most quilting
and embroidery applications. Learn to override the automatic tension
and loosen it to the point that works best. On most machines, we set
the top tension between 2.0 and 3.5. When using metallic thread, we go
all the way down to a 1.
3. How can I tell if the problems are with the thread or with the machine?
Our Troubleshooting Guide
will tell you. You will love this guide. You will know if the problem
is with the thread, the needle, the tension, or the machine.
4. What tension settings are recommended for each thread?
See our Thread Reference Guides. One is for home machines and one is for longarm machines.
5. Why do we recommend Topstitch needles?
that is the needle used and recommended by many professional quilters
and full time educators. They use and like the Topstitch style. It
has a larger eye, a deeper and wider groove, and a nice sharp point. Superior Topstitch needles are titanium coated.
6. Are titanium-coated needles OK for home machines?
yes. Most industrial machines around the world use titanium-coated
needles because they last much longer. The titanium coating is
micro-thin and prevents normal wear and tear at the friction points. If
you hear the rumor that a titanium coated needle will cause more
machine damage if it breaks due to the titanium coating, ignore it.
The micro-thin titanium coating does not make the needle super strong.
It just provides a very hard surface coating to reduce wear. Any
needle breakage can cause damage and the titanium-coated needle will
not cause more damage than other types of needles. If that were true,
industrial sewing companies would not use them.
7. Prewound bobbins. Sides on or off?
depends. For example, most Pfaff machine users remove the cardboard
sides. Compatible machines can use prewounds either with the sides on
or off. When making prewound bobbins, the sides are attached after the
bobbin is wound to keep the sides smooth and clean. If the sides
interfere with the rotation of the bobbin, remove them. If your
machine has a bobbin sensor device which warns when a bobbin has run
out of thread, remove the sides if you like that feature. Click here for a list of home machines that are compatible with prewound bobbins.
8. Does it matter how I position the spool of thread on the machine?
Spools of thread which are wound with a straight or parallel wind are
made to unwind from the side of the spool and not over the end or top
of the spool. (Cones are meant to unwind over the top.) Most machines
have a vertical spool pin. Position the spool on the vertical pin and
the thread will unwind straight from the side of the spool with the
9. What is the best way to store thread?
thread out of direct sunlight and away from settling dust. There is no
need to keep thread in the freezer or refrigerator or in a ziplock bag
or in a humidor. (I've heard them all.)
10. Why don’t you have solid colors of King Tut?
the 100 colors of King Tut, only six are true solid colors. However,
about 60 of the remaining colors are tone-on-tone colors which is kind
of between a variegated and solid color and these are much more popular
than solid colors. For example, instead of a single medium blue shade
that one would try to match the perfect shade, the King Tut medium blue
has four very close shades of medium blues. This makes a much better
color match than a single solid color. Fabric has evolved like this
also. A plain solid color fabric is very hard to find today. A blue
fabric today is almost always a print design, a mottled color design,
marbled, or a hand-dyed design. Thread, just like fabric, has evolved
and the colors today are much more versatile.
BOB'S TEACHING SCHEDULE. Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob
Feb. 11. Scottsdale, AZ. Sew From the Heart
25-28. Sewing & Stitchery Expo. Puyallup, WA. Bob will present
four lectures and Superior Threads will teach one hands-on class using Texture Magic.
April 7- 9. St. George, UT. School of Threadology. Certified Threadologist Course.
April 16. Providence, RI. MQX show
April 23. AQS show. Paducah, KY
May 13-14. MQS show. Overland Park, KS
July 1-3. School of Threadology goes to HAWAII as part of Quilt Hawaii 2010.
SCHOOL OF THREADOLOGY
April 7- 9. Certified Superior Threadologist course. St. George, Utah. (Only four spaces left.)
May 3-5. Pam Holland class. (Only 10 spaces left.)
July 1-3. Hawaii (Big Island). Certified Superior Threadologist course in Paradise. Part of the Quilt Hawaii
2010 event. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Become a Certified
Superior Threadologist while enjoying a few days in paradise. Other
classes and events are also available as part of the Quilt Hawaii event. Great room rates at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa have been negotiated. Register through Quilt Hawaii.
$30 IDEA WINNERS
Please be our Business Consultant. Send
us 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." Click here to submit an idea. This month's winning Consultants:
1. Cindy Scraba (Canada) for numerous website improvement recommendations.
Gail Rowland (TX). I have been longarm quilting for six years. I have
kept a log of all my machine's issues. It includes dates, problems and
the solution, the people who helped with that solution, tricks, type of
thread I was using at the time, and anything that might be relevant to
the troubleshooting process. This log has been invaluable to me. It
has saved time and money.
3. (We know your e-mail address but
not your name.) How about a sentence at the top of your email
newsletter that it can be read at your website in large or huge type
size. I recently discovered this option at your website and I now use
it all the time to read your newsletter in huge type.
Bob’s Note: Done. Thank you.
WHAT’S NEW (Last Month)
1. Revised Inventory List.
24 pages of easy-to-print Inventory List. This helps you keep track of
your thread inventory and makes a convenient shopping list.
2. Updated Longarm Thread Reference Guide. Includes a cross reference for the MR scale and number scale.
3. MasterPiece neutral bobbin sets.
Neutral colors are the most popular when it comes to bobbin thread. We
now have two new assortment sets. Neutrals Light contain four light
MasterPiece colors x 3 bobbins each. Neutrals Dark contain four darker
MasterPiece colors x 3 bobbins each.
Item number for the LIGHT set is L-12-MPLT.
Item number for the DARK set is L-12-MPDK
These same color sets are also available in regular 600 yd. spool sets.
4. Longarm needles. A smaller needle,
SAN 11 #14 (MR 3.0) is now available. Recommended for very fine
threads such as The Bottom Line, MonoPoly and Kimono Silk (coming
5. Updated catalog, What Makes Us Superior?
The newest edition contains 78 pages of great information. Color
sheets for all products, All Thread Reference Guides, Thread Selection
Guide, Troubleshooting Guide, and much more. The newest catalog is
light green in color and dated September 2009. Sold at our printing
cost of $2.
If you own or work at a store that carries our products, please register your store on our Store Locator.
It is free. New customers can find you by country, state/province or
zip code. We also list your contact information and what Superior
products you carry. We recently added a new feature to online orders.
At the bottom of the customers’ orders, we list all stores in their
area that carry our products. Your store must be registered on our
Store Locator to be included. The Store Locator feature is as accurate
and current as stores add themselves to our website.
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(This is an unpaid and unsolicited recommendation. We use them, like
them, and therefore recommend them. You’ll love their superior service.)
BOB’S SUPERIOR JOKE of the MONTH
group of 40 year-old buddies were discussing where they should go for
dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Glowing
Embers Restaurant because the waitresses there are young, shapely, and
10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group discusses
again where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should
meet at the Glowing Embers because the food there is very good and the
wine selection is good also.
10 years later at 60 years of age, the
group discusses again where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that
they should meet at the Glowing Embers because they can eat there in
peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke free.
10 years later, at
70 years of age, the group discusses again where they should meet.
Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Glowing Embers
because the restaurant is wheelchair accessible and they have an
10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group discusses
again where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should
meet at the Glowing Embers because they have never been there before.
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