Thursday, July 8, 2010

So you ask about thread...

Today's question from Sewmamasew was about thread... I am a thread user.. like in a big way.. not as big as some but enough to devote major space and dollars to my collection so that at 11pm i don't have to worry about not having the right color for any project I might get a wild hare to begin.

The questions were;

How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

I buy in bulk 2 times a year.. Regular sewing, machine quilting and hand quilting. I buy the whole color line.. I am freaky like that.

Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
 Like most things.. it depends, but if i can't match I make sure to go a to a deeper tone since thern you will lnot have "flash" on the seam lines

Do you ever use contrasting thread?
sure.. i use varigated thread often to hilight seam details, but advise my students to start with matching colors which are much more forgiving.

Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
Yep.. and yes it means I have tons of bobbins. Compounded by the fact that my two main machines take different type bobbins!

What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
I lay out thread on top of the fabric.. squint my eyes and the thread that disapears is the winner :)

Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
 Don't buy cheap thread.. just say no!.. if you are starting out and funds are tight.. black, soft white and dove grey.

Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
I have 500+ spools of thread.. the ones above are from a recent haul of Mettler from the 50% off sale at my local big box fabric shop. They have teh sale 2x a year.. and at that point I buy 2 of every color on the rack.

Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?

No need... I have them all :)

Do you “invest” in thread?

at 500+ spools I think the answer is yes

What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
uhhhh what don't I have...ohh I don't have much silk thread.. but otherwise I think I have it covered.

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