April 2011 Newsletter
Superior Threads Newsletter
WISE WORDS FROM MOTHER
SUPERIOR: Black Light Threads
Many midarm and longarm
machines have a black light option which cause certain threads to glow.
This is especially useful when using a bright white thread on a white
fabric. Under normal light, it may be difficult to see the
white-on-white thread lines. Under a black light, the thread will glow
and it is easy to see the stitching. Here is a list of our threads that
glow under a black light:
MasterPiece #186 (bright white)
Highlights #741, 731, 726
Super Brights set of 12 spools. All except #740
Rainbows #841 (variegated neons)
King Tut #993 (bright white)
Bottom Line #621 (bright white)
Brytes (New Brytes) #1141, 1140, 1138, 1135, 1136
NightLight ExtraGlow all colors
THREAD of the Month CLUBS NEWS
March we offered a free spool of thread (of the member's choice) for
all Club members. During April, members get 74% off a particular line
of thread. All specials are for Club members only and are not
advertised anywhere else. Other benefits:
1. Free Shipping (USA addresses) or
Discounted Shipping (international) for the monthly retail Club shipment and
this extends to anything else you add to that shipment.
guaranteed not to go up during the
Club duration. For example, the price of King Tut spools recently
increased by $1.00. However, for King Tut Club members, there is no
price increase. A future MasterPiece price increase appears inevitable
but not for MasterPiece Club members. Even for those who join now, the
old price remains for Club members.
3. No sign up fees. Open enrollment. Stop
See our Thread
of the Month
EDUCATION: All Things Silk
the past 25 years, Maggie Backman has dedicated her life to educating
the sewing world about silk. She has studied and continues to teach
mixed media techniques of sewing, dyeing, surface design and
embellishment techniques with silk products that have provided many
students and customers with unique creativity and originality. Maggie
developed the The Silk Experience, a consortium of silk textile
teachers, artists and authors who have coordinated their talents by
offering silk-related classes for seven years at the Houston Quilt
Festival and at other venues around the county.
Silk Experience has also reached out to Japan and is fostering
intercultural opportunities with Japanese and American silk instructors.
1985, Maggie has provided Tire brand high quality filament silk to the
sewing world. In my (Bob's) narrow-minded American way of thinking, I think the
brand name "Tire" is a rather odd (i.e. really dumb) brand name for thread but I have learned that
"ti-re" in French means "long and slender" which is very appropriate for
silk. excusez mon ignorance.
After 25 years of selling the Tire brand silk, Maggie decided
to stop selling and to concentrate on educating. She approached us and
asked if we would be interested in acquiring her retail and wholesale
silk thread business. She wishes to
continue her valuable contacts with the silk world and educate about
silk’s continuing uses and recent research concerning the valuable
genetic properties of the silk worm. Maggie has developed a new
website, www.silkcentralonline.com, an exciting new resource for silk aficionados
around the world. In April 2012, Maggie will conduct a week-long Silk
Experience event at the Superior Threads School of Threadology in St.
TEACHING SCHEDULE. Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob
Apr. 14. Providence, RI. MQX Show. 9:00
May 5. Salt Lake City, UT. HMQS show. 8:00 a.m.
May 13. Overland Park, KS, MQS show. 8:00 a.m.
Cal. State Northridge. Quilting in the Valley. 2:00 p.m.
St. George, UT. Longarm Session School of Threadology
What is the School of Threadology?
1. April 27-29. St. George, Utah. Certified Superior Threadologist Course. (a few spots are still available)
23-25. St. George, Utah.Longarm School of Threadology Session. (sold out)
June 29, 30, July 1. Honolulu, Hawaii. Three-day Certified Superior
Threadologist Course. Offered during Quilt Hawaii at the Marriott Hotel
1. Thread Education Video
Have you ever used a flat hologram thread? Successfully? Our hologram
thread, Glitter, is guaranteed to work. Simply follow three basic
rules (tension, needle, and proper spool position) and you are in for a
pleasant, sparkling surprise. In this 5-minute video, Cindy
Needham demonstrates using Glitter on a home machine.
Needham is a certified Superior Educator and spends much of her time on
the road teaching at quilt shops, guilds, and at major quilt shows.
She has been a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky, has been the
featured artist at quilt shows, has has written articles for major
Note: see Specials below for April specials on Glitter.
2. So Fine 550 yd. spools.
We started with the original 50 colors (#401 through #450) and are
gradually adding all 134 colors of So Fine in the 550 yd. spool size.
Four colors just arrived in the 550 yd. spools:
#492 Pastel Yellow
3. La Mer is for those who use a home machine on a frame and who want
to become more fluent in free-motion quilting. Martha Milne demonstrates
a no-mark method for learning line designs, a technique based on
ballroom dancing, using line designs inspired by the sea.
graduate of the School of Threadology Class of February 2009, applies
what she learned from Heather's and Bob’s classes and workshops (except for the ballroom dancing part) to
free-motion machine quilting on a frame.
The La Mer DVD is on sale this month for $19.95 (reg. $29.95)
4. OMNI Thread
arrives later this month. OMNI Thread is a poly-wrapped poly core
thread designed for longarm machine quilting. If you use Perma Core
thread, you are going to absolutely love OMNI Thread. It is cleaner,
stronger, more colorful, and Superior. OMNI Thread
is designed as a strong, entry-level thread for high speed quilting and
is recommended as both a top thread and a bobbin thread.
Size: Tex 30 (not 30 wt.)
Construction: 100% polyester. Filament polyester core wrapped with a spun poly outer layer.
Number of colors: 172
Cone size: 6,000 yds.
Note: See Specials below for April specials on OMNI sample cones. Try OMNI for only $3.
1. Superior Top
Thread Tension Gauge
for Mid and Longarm Machines. Price:
$34.95 (through April 21). A set of both gauges (the Towa gauge for the bobbin and the
Superior gauge for the top) is available
Videos showing how to use both gauges are also
available on our website.
on using the gauges.
2. King Tut New
32 color card
. Thread color cards made with the actual thread are here.
3. MasterPiece, the ideal piecing
16 NEW colors available on both the 600 yd. spools and 3,000
yd. cones. We now have a total of 75 colors. View
the Color Grid
for the new 25 colors.
The color card with the newest 25 colors will be available by mid-April.
36 additional colors of
MasterPiece prewound bobbins are on the way and will be available in a BobbinSaver ring.
4. For those who use "woolly-like" thread in sergers, Polyarn
is the ideal thread. Because it is polyester and not
nylon, it provides better coverage, better stretch recovery, much higher
heat tolerance, and colorfastness.
We have 36 colors on 1,000 yd. cones and a handful of colors
on large 8,500 yd. cones and White Polyarn
on large 8,500 yd. cones
has just been added.
If you use a serger and would like
to try Polyarn, we offer a Try Me Special
for only $2.00 for a 1,000 yd.
cone with a 4-cone limit (regular price is $5.99).
Thread Dispenser We asked Annie (ByAnnie.com) to create this pattern because we had
so many requests for a way to hold our new Kimono Silk spools. Many
requested we wind Kimono Silk onto prewound bobbins and place them in a
BobbinSaver, but cost wise, it isn't feasible.
This new pattern is a
great idea for Kimono Silk and other spools that you want to carry with
Special slots in each pocket enable you to easily thread a
needle without removing the spools from their pockets, keeping
everything neat and orderly.
Thread Tension Gauge
for Midarm and Longarm Machines is back in stock. Videos are available on our website demonstrating how this gauge works. There are also videos showing it in use on most major brands of longarm machines.
Introductory price of $34.95 will end on April 21.
A set of both gauges (the Towa gauge for the bobbin and the
Superior gauge for the top) is available
on using the gauges.
#50 Silk. 171 colors of Tire brand silk. 109 yds. Special introductory price = $3.99 (reg.
Silk. 71 colors of Tire brand silk. 55 yds. Special introductory price = $4.99 (reg.
#16 Silk. 121 colors of Tire brand silk. Button Hole Silk (wound on
cardboard, not a
spool). 22 yds. Special introductory price = $4.99 (reg. $7.99)
Variegated Silk Variegated Silk. 273 yds. 24 colors.
introductory price = $9.99 (reg. $15.99)
50% off Glitter
through the end of April. If you have never tried Glitter or have never
been successful with other brands of hologram thread, this is for you.
the video (see What's New section above), follow the three easy
guidelines, and I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.
To help you try it, Glitter is on sale this month at 50% off.
400 yd. spools: $3.00 (reg. $5.99). 24 colors.
3,300 yd. spools: $14.00 (reg. $28.00). 9 colors.
$3 Sample cones of OMNI Thread.
you would like to test this new thread to get a head start before all
the 172 colors come in, we have some 1,000m (1,090 yd.) sample cones
OMNI thread is poly wrapped poly core thread made for midarm and longarm machines. Tex 30.
50% off 2,000 yd. cones of Art Studio Colors by Ricky Tims.
Art Studio Colors is a high-sheen trilobal polyester thread available in 36 beautiful colors. For quilting and embroidery.
$6.95 (reg. $13.90)
The La Mer DVD is on sale this month.
La Mer, by Martha Milne, is for those who use a home machine on a frame and who want
to become more fluent in free-motion quilting.
April special: $19.95 (reg. $29.95).
SUPERIOR JOKE of the MONTH
William was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully to his wife, "Give me one last request, Dear," he said.
"Of course, William," his wife said softly, "What is it?"
"After I die," he said, "I want you to marry Jack."
"But I thought you hated Jack," she said.
With his last breath William said, "I do!"
$3.95 SHIPPING ON
ALL RETAIL ORDERS CONTINUES within the U.S. 50 states.
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.
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