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Some time ago, didn't someone find a chart that compared the thicknesses of various brands of thread ? Such as how thick Coats and Clark thread is compared to Superior or Aurifil? I'm having difficulty getting sewn strips to measure a certain width, and thinking maybe the thread is part of the problem.
Sue in IL
ooh...that would be a great chart to have...
I know I've seen it, and I thought it was here. I've spent half a morning looking online, but nothing I've found provides brand names as well as weight of thread.
Sue in iL
So why don't you just work with the piecing threads offered by Aurifil (50 wt. on orange spool) or Superior (Masterpiece) and find the solution with either of those? Superior Threads suggests using Masterpiece in the bobbin and an 80/12 Topstitch needle for piecing work.
IMHO you have wasted a lot of time chasing after a chart if you already have those excellent piecing threads on hand.
Judy, I have only C & C, and a few Gutermann's, but would buy Aurifil or Superior if they are finer (more fine?) than those are. Never had a problem before now, but I am really noticing what a difference the thread could make. What is that saying about "too late smart"?
Sue in IL
I can tell you from personal experience that Aurifil is a LOVELY thread to stitch with, both hand sewing and machine. The only drawback (for me) is that a spool is so darned expensive. It kills me to pay $12 for a spool of thread.
Ditto with Superior's Masterpiece, although I do economize on the price by purchasing a cone instead of a spool. Unless it's a very specific color that I probably wouldn't use in piecing, then I'd get a spool.
If you piece block seams with thread in the color of house dust (a pale grey or soft beige) it will work for just about everything except maybe navy blue or black fabric. A large spool of Aurifil's 50 wt. or Superior's Masterpiece will last a long time if you remember to use it only for piecing. That thread is not suitable for quilting a quilt.
Ask for spools of piecing thread for your birthday, as Christmas stocking stuffers , Mother's Day gifts or a gift card purchase if you cannot rationalize the expense any other way.
And in case you are married, ask yourself does the man in your life quibble over the cost of drill bits or fishing lures or golf balls? LOL
Those finer piecing threads have an awful lot of yardage on a spool, dear Pirate. They are extremely well-made threads and there's a lot of "mileage" so to speak.
Those finer piecing threads have an awful lot of yardage on a spool
That's very true but I can generate a LOT of tops ... and they're not small ones, either! I will stockpile ecru/med gray for almost all piecing although for white or black fabrics, I use those colors. I've always had very good quality with Superior's Masterpiece and that's what I buy in cones. Those last a LONG time. :-)
Now quilting is another matter entirely. I *love* having colors to quilt with. :-)
Shelley! While that one spool of Aurifil is $12. Or $13. Did you know that you were purchasing 1500 meters? That one spool is almost 3xs as much as thread as one large Mettler spool which is $8. Or $9....... and much nicer to wind a bobbin and sew like the wind!