November 2010 Newsletter
WISE WORDS FROM MOTHER SUPERIOR.
There is a fantastic new website created by Websites For Quilters that helps me find specific fabrics. FindMyFabric.com
is an innovative fabric search engine that finds fabric and quilting
supplies from hundreds of online quilt stores. You can search for
products by either typing in words or by uploading a photo from a
digital camera. If you use a photo, the search engine uses image
recognition technology to find matching fabrics.
Why is this so
cool? Imagine you ran out of a specific fabric and need a little more
to complete your quilt. However, you don't know the name of the
manufacturer, collection, or designer of that print. Local quilt shops
have run out of it or don't carry that line and you are pulling your
hair out looking for it. Before you go bald and your family goes crazy
living with a must-find-that-fabric quilter, try FindMyFabric.com.
Take a picture of the fabric, upload it, and within seconds locate an
online retailer that has the fabric in stock. I love it! Any store
that sells fabric and quilting-related products online can submit their
products free of charge to FindMyFabric.com.
WHERE in the world is MonoPoly?
months of being out of stock, MonoPoly is on the way. We will have
some within a week. Whenever an item is listed as Out of Stock on our
website, there is a box where you can enter your e-mail address and we
will notify you as soon as that item becomes available. To see an
example, here is the link to MonoPoly.
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BOB'S TEACHING SCHEDULE. Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob
$3.95 SHIPPING ON ALL RETAIL ORDERS CONTINUES within the U.S. 50 states. You
choose the products, we’ll choose the shipping method. (Wholesale and
business account orders have different shipping rates.) You still have the option of choosing faster shipping methods.
We now offer low Air Mail rates on international shipping to most
countries. Air Mail rates are available for packages up to 4 lbs.
International packages over 4 lbs. sent via the Post Office require
Priority Mail or Express Mail rates. UPS is also available.
EDUCATION: Needles for Home Machines
learn a lot from associating with professional quilters, piecers,
teachers, embroiderers, craft and clothing construction specialists, and
thread artists. From our conversations, it seems like the majority of
the professionals and teachers use the same needle style for nearly all
their work. It is not the universal, quilting, embroidery, sharp
(microtex), jeans, or metallic needle. It is the Topstitch needle. The
Topstitch needle is like a hybrid needle, taking the best features from
many other needle styles and combining them into one. Here is why the
Topstitch needle is called the magic needle:
1. Double size eye.
The eye of the Topstitch needle is nearly twice as long as other needle
eyes. This allows the thread to pass through the eye without being
stressed. Think of trying to lace up a shoelace through a too small
eyelet compared to lacing the shoelace through a larger eyelet. Which
way works better?
2. The groove which runs up the shaft of all
needles is wider and deeper in the Topstitch style than in other needle
types. This allows the thread to lie in the groove and the thread is
protected, avoiding excess friction which causes fraying.
really do not need ten different needle styles. The Topstitch needle
is the ideal needle for most sewing projects. What size is best? The
common sense way of determining the appropriate needle size is to select
it based on the thread diameter.
Very fine threads such as #100 silk, Bottom Line, MonoPoly . . . . . . . Topstitch #70/10 (NEW product).
Fine threads such as #50 MasterPiece or #50 So Fine . . . . . . . . . . . . Topstitch #80/12.
Medium weight threads such as #40 King Tut and Rainbows . . . . . . . Topstitch #90/14.
Heavier threads such as Poly Quilter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Topstitch #100/16.
This information is printed in our Thread Selection Guide for Home Machines.
A look into Mother Superior's sewing supplies would reveal only Topstitch needles in all four sizes.
Most needle manufacturers make the Topstitch style. Our Superior Topstitch needles are made exclusively for Superior Threads by the largest industrial needle company in the world , Organ Needle Company, and these are the only titanium-coated
Topstitch style needles in the world. They last five to eight times
longer than regular needles. All this for just 20 cents more per
Nov. 2. Houston, TX. Tri-County Quilt Guild. 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 6. Austin, TX. Austin Area Quilt Guild. 6:45 p.m.
Jan 4, 2011. Casa Grande, AZ. Casa Grande Quilt Guild. 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 8. San Diego, CA. Village Quilters Guild. 10:00 a.m.
Jan. 17-18. Ontario, CA. Road to California show. School of Threadology. Certified Threadologist Course
Jan. 21. Ontario, CA. Road to California quilt show. 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 22. Ontario, CA. Road to California quilt show 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 8. Lockport, IL. Heritage Quilters. 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 9. Flossmore, IL. Quilters Plus. 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 9. Willowbrook, IL. QuiltFabric.com. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-24. Kailua-Kona HI. Quilt Passions. All day classes, then go to the beach.
Mar. 3-6. Puyallup, WA. Sewing & Stitchery Expo.
Mar. 10. Plano, TX. Quilters Guild of Plano
. 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 12. Dallas, TX. Dallas Quilt Celebration. 11:00 a.m.
Mar. 25. Santa Rosa, CA. The Sewing Place. 6:00 p.m.
SCHOOL OF THREADOLOGY
School sessions are held in St. George, Utah but we sometimes are invited to take
the show on the road. The Road to California quilt show asked
us to offer our most popular session, the Certified Threadologist Course
on the Monday and Tuesday (January 17-18) prior to the January 2011
show opening. Spaces are limited so if you are interested, please
register early. Machines will be provided (or you may bring your own).
We are providing our regular three-day course in two action-packed
days. Four Superior Educators will teach you all we can. Hands-on
projects, lectures, demos, and fun. Registration is available online at
the Road to California website or by telephone at 909.946.0020.
2. Longarm Sessions. Seven longarm machines are in place in our
School and machine #8 will be here next week. We are getting close to
offering School of Threadology classes for longarm machines. We are
asking you, the owners and future owners of longarm machines, what you
would like offered in these classes and who you recommend as teachers.
Please respond to Ricci, our longarm specialist.
$30 IDEA WINNERS
be our Business Consultant. Send us your ideas to help us serve you
better (products, education, website, customer service, etc.). We will
award $30 gift certificates for the best ideas. Click here to submit an idea. This month's winning Business Consultants:
Vicki Cal. I have another use for the Bottom Line Thread. For those
who sew quilt bindings by hand and find that regular cotton threads tend
to knot and tangle after a while of sewing, the solution that seasoned
quilters keep saying is use a short piece of thread and you will just
have to re-thread more frequently. I decided to try the Bottom Line
Thread with my last quilt when I was sewing on the binding and not a
single tangle, not a single knot and the thread just glided through the
quilt like butter. It was a dream to hand sew with the Bottom Line
2. Patty Young. When threading the Bernina 830 with
MonoPoly, if the sensors won’t "see" the thread, run a strand of cotton
(I use MasterPiece) thread with the MonoPoly, thread the needle as
usual, then cut the cotton thread where it enters the machine, and pull
out through the needle. I was told to do this by a Bernina tech.
Dianne Rankin. How about adding the new Kimono Silk thread to the Try
Me Specials page? I wanted to try a spool, but don't have a particular
project/color in mind. So I was going to buy it on the Try Me page,
save a little, and let you pick the color. However, I don't see it
Bob's Note: Our new #100 Silk thread is now available as a Try Me Special.
4. Debbie Crutcher. I am having difficulty figuring out what each Try Me Special is for. Please add a description stating each item's intended use.
Bob's Note: Done. Thank you for a winning idea to improve our website.
WHAT’S NEW (This Month)
1. Thread Index
is updated. This Index categorizes thread by weight (30, 40, 50,
etc.), intended use (piecing, quilting, bobbin, embroidery, serger,
etc.), and fiber type (polyester, cotton,metallic, etc.). Very
2. Live entertainment. A couple years ago Heather
and I wrote a funny song entitled "Where Did I Hide My Stash?" It has
reached number one on the International Quilt Music Pop Chart list
(judged and compiled by Bob). Our staff performs this and other songs
at our School of Threadology events in St. George so we recorded it and
posted it on YouTube. Watch it here.
Todd (our son) is on the guitar, Ryan is on the drum, and Yeimy is
shaking the maracas. Our beautiful granddaughter Avilyn (already almost
two) makes an appearance at the beginning. Printed words and audio-only recording are available here.
Next month, watch for the #2 hit song, Longarm Rap.
3. So Fine Prewound bobbins.
We have received many requests to wind our smooth, lint-free So Fine
thread onto prewound bobbins. These are in the final testing phase and
are available for you to try in L style and M style bobbins. L style
bobbins fit most home machines and M style bobbins fit most longarm
machines. If you like them, we will make them in many colors.
King Tut NEW COLORS. 35 colors of King Tut are on the way. The first
color is named after Romy, a good friend and customer in Germany. Two
years ago we were discussing some new colors and she suggested we create
a true red, like the color commonly used for redwork. It is now
available on both 500 yd. spools and 2,000 yd. cones. Color # 1000, Romy Red.
response: "Thank you so much for Romy Red. This is definitely the
color I always wanted and I ever missed! This is my red. It is so
beautiful and warm. I love it."
If you will be in Houston, please visit us and be the first to see many new King Tut colors.
5. Beautiful Silk Collections created by Mother Superior. Heather has created five separate Kimono Silk color collections,
each containing 6 spools (220 yds. each) of our new #100 Kimono Silk
thread. The color collections are Neutral, Fall, Winter, Spring, and
Summer. Introductory Special is only $29.95.
WHAT’S NEW (Last Month)
1. Silk Color cards. We have two colors cards for our new Kimono Silk thread. Card #1 contains colors #301 through #340 and card #2 contains color #341 through #380. As with all our color cards, we sell them at our cost which is only $3.
2. Treasure color card. Treasure is our coated cotton thread specifically for hand quilting. The Treasure color card is now available for $3.
3. More educational videos.
We now have 16 Texture Magic tutorial and idea videos and 9 Thread
Therapy with Dr. Bob videos available online, all FREE to view and
4. Two new Color Comparison Charts are available.
So Fine to MasterPiece Color Comparison Chart
MasterPiece to So Fine Color Comparison Chart
5. Mother's Superior's classy jacket pattern. Many people ask Heather about this stunningly cool jacket.
The pattern is called San Moritz (I think that means 'stunningly cool
jacket') and is made by MorninGlory designs and is available on our website.
Bob's personal recommendation
What I believe to be the most innovative quilting-related Internet company in the world is Websites For Quilters. They also developed the FindMyFabric website mentioned above. We use them and highly
recommend them. (This is an unpaid plug for them because we like the
superior work they do. They spent 14 hours yesterday restoring our crashed server.) For more information, click here.
They have designed hundreds websites for quilting-related individuals
and companies as well as non-quilting related websites.
INFORMATION for STORES
use this link to find stores that carry our products. If you work at
or own a quilting-related store, please register on our Store Locator. We will list your store information absolutely FREE and help customers find you.
BOB’S SUPERIOR JOKE of the MONTH
minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his
Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The
first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put
into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a
container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container
of good clean soil. At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister
reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol: dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke: dead.
Third worm in chocolate syrup: dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil: alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation, “What did you learn from this demonstration?”
Lou was sitting in the back and quickly raised her hand and said, “As
long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!” That
pretty much ended the service.
BOB’S 2nd SUPERIOR JOKE of the MONTH because I'm resending the newsletter.
distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. “Is it true,”
she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken
for the rest of my life?”
“Yes, I'm afraid so,” the doctor told her.
was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I'm wondering
just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked NO
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