Mid-June 2011 Newsletter

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Mid-June 2011 Superior Threads Newsletter

Most professionals recommend changing a regular needle every 6 to 8 hours or with every new project.  Titanium-coated needles have changed this because they last 5 to 8 times longer than the standard needle.  These needles have a microscopically thin coating of titanium nitride which makes the surface much more wear resistant than regular needles.  Superior is the only company that has a titanium-coated Topstitch style needle. The Topstitch style is recommend for most sewing applications.
- for 60 wt., monofilament, and #100 threads: use a #70/10 Topstitch needle
- for 50 wt. threads (piecing wt. threads): use a #80/12 Topstitch needle
- for 40 wt. threads (quilting and embroidery): use a #90/14 Topstitch needle
- for 30 wt. and heavier threads: use a #100/16 Topstitch needle

I recently bought a new cell phone.  The owner's manual was an 80-page book which I'm sure very few people actually read.  There was also a small Quick Start Guide card that contained all the important information for the less patient.  That's what I wanted.  Just tell me how to use the phone now without having to study 80 pages.  By following a few easy steps I was using the phone within a few minutes.  I can study the owner's manual later when I want more detailed information.  So here is a Quick Start Thread Guide for quilters, embroiderers, and general sewers.  A more detailed list is available in our Thread Index and our Thread Selection Guide.

The Superior Quick Start Thread Guide

First, consult the Thread Reference Guides for needle and tension information.  We have one for longarm machines and one for home machines.

  Bottom Line (polyester), MasterPiece (cotton), or Kimono Silk #100, Frosted Donuts, SuperBOBs Donut
Vanish-Lite, Vanish-Extra
Binding Bottom Line, So Fine #50, MasterPiece
Blending thread  So Fine #50, Bottom Line, MasterPiece, Silk #50, Kimono Silk #100
Bobbin  Bottom Line (polyester), So Fine #50 (polyester) or MasterPiece (cotton)
Bobbin Work
  Halo, Razzle Dazzle
Color-changing thread 
Clothing construction and Crafting  So Fine #50
Couching  Halo, Razzle Dazzle, Silk Ribbon
Embroidery  high-sheen trilobal polyester: Highlights, Nature Colors, Living Colors, Art Studio Colors, Super Brights, Rainbows for variegated colors, Metallic, Glitter, So Fine #30, So Fine #50. Polyester threads are stronger and more colorfast than rayon threads.  We do not recommend rayon thread. 
Fusible Thread  Charlotte's Fusible Web
Glow-in-the-dark  NiteLite ExtraGlow
Hand Quilting  Treasure, King Tut
Invisible Thread  MonoPoly or Bottom Line. Bottom Line is stronger and the magically blending shades for lighter tones are colors 620, 623, 624, 651, and 655.  For medium tones, colors 617 and 650
Low-cost or philanthropy quilting thread OMNI
Metallic  Superior Metallic, Glitter
Paper piecing  MasterPiece
Piecing  MasterPiece. It's cotton and iron safe.  Polyester is OK if you remember to turn the iron down to medium heat.
Prewound bobbins  SuperBOBs (poly), MasterPiece Frostings and Frosted Donuts (cotton)
Quilting  King Tut (cotton), So Fine #30, So Fine #50 (poly), Rainbows (high sheen variegated), OMNI, Silk, Highlights, Art Studio Colors, Nature Colors, Living Colors, MonoPoly, Poly Quilter, Lava
  OMNI, So Fine #50, Polyarn ('woolly-like' thread for fleece and stretch fabrics), Halo, Razzle Dazzle
Water Soluble Thread  Vanish-Lite (home machines), Vanish-Extra (longarm machines)

MasterPiece Price Increase 
 Cotton prices have substantially increased over the past year and we have hesitated to raise the price of MasterPiece but . . . from August, the price will be $8.99 for the 600 yd. spools. Through the end of July 2011, the price will remain at $7.50.
MasterPiece is the finest extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton available.  It is ideal for piecing, detail quilting, applique, and as a bobbin thread.  We are changing MasterPiece from a 2-ply extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton to a 3-ply extra-long staple Egyptian-grown cotton thread.  With a nice even, smooth twist on this thread, you probably will not notice a difference in thickness but you will notice a wonderful difference in strength.  The added strength is worth it.  Even our longarm machines like the new 3-ply MasterPiece for detail quilting.  Some colors are already available in 3-ply.

SUPERIOR FUN  It's not all work and no play around here.  During the summer, each Friday we take an hour and a half off and play SplashBall.  It's a game we invented and played in the swimming pool mixing basketball, water polo, and rugby.  Ryan, one of our talented staff, took a video of the event and made a 50-second movie trailer promo of SplashBall.  He very wisely edited out my missed shots and included the 3-point game-winning shot.  Now I'm waiting for the Dallas Mavericks to call.  Other Superior Fun videos include entertaining music videos by the Superior Singers and some time-lapse videos of a work days. Enjoy the vids.

WHAT’S NEW (This Week)

1. OMNI Color BookOMNI Thread Color Book (Color Card)

Instead if making five separate color cards, we created an all-inclusive color book.
Includes actual thread samples for all 172 colors.
Sold at our production cost of $14.

2. Superior's titanium-coated Topstitch Needles Assortment Pack
Contains 5 needles.
#70/10 x 1 needle
#80/12 x 1 needle
#90/14 x 2 needles
#100/16 x 1 needle
$6.99 per pack.

3. Frosted Donut II
The original Frosted Donut set of 36 prewound bobbins has been a very popular travel set of MasterPiece colors.  Perfect for hand applique or to use as mini spools on your machine.
36 additional colors of MasterPiece on L-style prewound bobbins are now available.
Frosted Donut II has 36 new colors of prewound bobbins contained in a lavender BobbinSaver.
Each bobbin contains approx. 80 yds.  $39.00

4.  Size #16 Quilter's Silk.  This is the same premium multi-filament silk quality as our other silk threads but a little heavier for those times when you want silk thread to stand out. 
22 yds. per spool. 36 colors. 
Introductory special: $4.99 (reg. $7.99).

5. King Tut to MasterPiece Color Compatibility Chart.  Mother Superior (also known as the Color Queen) cross-matched all 133 colors of King Tut with all 75 colors of MasterPiece and created a comprehensive color compatibility chart.  If you want to know what color of MasterPiece is best to match with a specific color of King Tut, this is the chart.  For example, King Tut color #918 Joseph's Coat has five different colors of MasterPiece that are compatible and all five colors are listed.  Other Color Compatibility Charts are available in our Reference Guides section (see the button to the right of the Search bars).

6. Silk Embroidery Floss
This is a new #25/3-ply multi-filament silk embroidery floss available in 25 beautiful variegated colors.
Wound on slender tubes. 16 yds. each.
Introductory special: $4.99 (reg. $7.99).

WHAT'S NEW (two weeks ago)
1. Educational Video showing New Brytes (So Fine #30) thread.  In this 4-minute video, Cindy Needham shows how nicely New Brytes (soon to be re-named So Fine #30) enhances your quilt.  New Brytes is a #30/3-ply polyester thread so it is heavier than the average 40 wt. thread.  Ideal for quilting, thread painting, and embroidery.  See Specials below for this month's 40% off sale on New Brytes.

2. OMNI Thread. 75 NEW Colors of OMNI Thread just arrived.  This brings the total to 172 colors.  As soon as we photograph the new colors they will be on the website.  If you prefer to see the actual colors, an OMNI Color Book is now available. 
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 high-speed machine quilting thread and is recommended as both a top thread and a bobbin thread.
Thread Specs:
Size: Tex 30 (approx. equivalent to a 40 wt. thread)
Construction:  multi-filament polyester core wrapped with a spun poly outer layer.
Number of colors: 172 (90 colors currently in stock)
Cone size: 6,000 yds.

3. Easier Website Navigation  We moved the Search buttons to a permanent spot on all web pages on our website. 
Toward the top of every page, you will see Search Products and Search Education.

4. The Longarm Thread Reference Guide has been updated and now includes OMNI Thread information.
Our Home Machine Thread Reference Guide lists recommended needle and tension settings for all our threads when used on home machines.

TM DVD5. Texture Magic DVD

This DVD includes all 22 segments by Heather Purcell (Mother Superior) and Annie Unrein showing how to use Texture Magic in various applications.  Individual video clips are available for free on our website.  The advantage of having the DVD is being able to watch them on your TV or share with your guild while working on a Texture Magic project.
Newsletter special: $9.95 (reg. $19.99)

Please be our Business Consultant. Send e-mail 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.  This month's winning Consultants:

1. Marcy Boswell.  Please provide a list of Mother's Superior's favorite threads for piecing, paper piecing, machine quilting, embroidery, philanthropy quilts where it not need by "show quality," applique, and so on.
Bob's Note:  It's done and listed above in the Education section.

2. Dotty Bell.  I can't find the color comparison/compatibility charts for threads on the website. I had to go back through the old newsletters until I finally found them mentioned and clicked on the links.  Could you please include these charts in the list of Reference Guides?  And will you be making a new color comparison chart for Omni and So Fine?
Bob's Note: We moved the Reference Guide list to the right of the Search bar on every page and we included the Thread Color Compatibility Charts in the Reference Guide section.  The newest Color Compatibility Chart is the King Tut to MasterPiece chart.  Many more charts are on the way.


We tried to design our Thread of the Month Clubs in such a way that it screams, "Why wouldn't I want to be part of this?  The benefits are amazing."
- FREE SHIPPING (USA addresses) or discounted shipping (international) on your monthly Club order including all Superior products items you add to the Club shipment.
- No enrollment fees, management fees, or any type of fees.
- No time commitment. Start, add, cancel, or switch Clubs any time.
- Wide variety of threads to choose from such as King Tut, MasterPiece, So Fine, Bottom Line, OMNI, Embroidery, Silk, and a new Superior Sampler Club.
- Members-only amazing monthly discounts.
- Members get first chance to buy at discounted prices overstock products or products being discontinued.
RETAIL CLUBS.  14 different Clubs to choose from.
NEW WHOLESALE CLUBS. 5 different Clubs to choose from. FREE SHIPPING (USA addresses) and Discounted Shipping (international) is now offered on Wholesale Thread of the Month Club shipments. Includes any additional thread orders added to the Club shipment. Wholesale accounts must log in to view Clubs.


What is the School of Threadology?

Scheduled Sessions
1. June 29, 30, July 1. Honolulu, Hawaii. (4 spots left). Three-day Certified Superior Threadologist Course
at the Marriott Hotel on Waikiki. Please register through Quilt Hawaii

2. September 13, 20, 27, 2011.  Sue Gilgen Landscape Quilt class.  The class is held on three consecutive Tuesdays so we understand it is not feasible for those who travel but if you live near us, it's going to be a great class.  $195. Maximum of 14 students
(6 spots left).

3. January 16-17, 2012. Ontario, CA.  Registration will be through Road to California quilt show office.  Maximum of 36 students.

4. February 2-4 and 6-8, 2012. St. George, Utah. The Silk Experience is coming to the School of Threadology. Conducted by one of the most knowledgeable silk specialists the world, Maggie Backman, The Silk Experience brings top teachers from around the world to teach all about silk. This class has been taught in Houston during International Quilt Festival for many years.  Two different 3-day classes will be offered at the School of Threadology. Registration information available at The Silk Experience.

Specials logo (Small)
40% off this month.  NEW Brytes will soon be renamed So Fine #30.
New Brytes is the exact same thread type as our popular So Fine #50 thread (but heavier) and we decided to rebrand it.  So Fine #30 will soon be the new name for New Brytes.
New Brytes/So Fine #30 is on sale this month at 40% off regular prices.  Please watch our Educational Video showing New Brytes (So Fine #30) thread.
1,650 yd. cones are $11.88 (reg. $19.80)
275 yd. spools are $3.60 (reg. $5.99)

DVD and Book set.  Thread Therapy by Dr. Bob DVD is a live recording of Bob's thread seminar. 
School of Threadology Book. Contains over 90 pages of educational information condensed from years of Bob's research and newsletter education.
This is the book used in our School of Threadology. 
Reference Guides are also included. 
Worth $10,000. Both for $34.95 (reg. $49.90).

50% off pure filament silk ribbon.
Superior's Silk Ribbon
is available in 3 widths (2mm, 4mm, 7mm).
30 beautiful variegated colors and some solid colors.
50% off this month. Only $3.50 per pack (reg. $6.99).

Texture Magic DVD  (see What's New section above for details). $9.95 (reg. $19.99)

 A motorcycle mechanic was working on the engine from a Harley-Davidson when he spotted a well-known cardiologist walk in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, come take a look at this."
A bit surprised, the cardiologist walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic stood up, wiped his hands on a rag and said, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in. When I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $40,000 a year and you make over a million dollars a year when you and I are doing basically the same work?"
The cardiologist paused, smiled, leaned over, and then said to the mechanic, "Try doing it with the engine running."

 starburst shipping (Small)$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.
International orders:
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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Bob Purcell, the Thread Professor and self-certified Threadologist.

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