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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Are You Thread Brand Loyal?

I've never cared much about thread brand.  I'm usually happy to use whatever brand my local quilt shops carry as long as I can get the color that I need.  I've heard a lot of good things about Aurifil thread, but it's not easy to find in our neck of the woods, so I've stuck with what is available.  Last weekend I was at a quilt show and one of the vendors was running a show special on Aurifil (2 spools for $20) so I picked up a couple of spools to try.  I haven't sewn with it enough yet to give a full review, so I'll let you know what I think of it after I've done some serious stitching.  I'm curious though...are you loyal to a thread brand?  If so, what brand and why?

13 comments:

Jackie said...

I am completely loyal to Aurifil. I used the light and dark grays exclusively for piecing. A quilting teacher told me about using gray for piecing early on. It blends with everything.

What do I like about Aurifil? Low lint, a finer 50 wt cotton (more on the bobbin), never breaks. I've used it for piecing and quilting with excellent results. Love the big spools too. While it may seem more expensive, there is a lot of yardage on their spools. I'll be interested in seeing what you think about it.

Terry said...

I love aurifil! I've been using it for about four years now, and I can't find one thing about it not to like. :0)

Pat Merkle said...

I'm very loyal to Aurifil. It's great for piecing because it's thin and the seams lie flatter and for quilting because it runs through my machine so nicely.

kutiequilter said...

I also LOVE Aurifil! Usually order it on line though O'Susanna's up in Watkins does carry it. I also use it for piecing and quilting. On your bobbins it seems to last forever so when you use a different thread brand you seem to be filling your bobbins all the time!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I started out using Star brand (what my LQS sold) - it was fuzzy and fat.

Then I tried another brand - also fat and somewhat fuzzy.

Once I tried Aurifil, I have never looked back. I am slowing using up some of the fat fuzzy threads (they are segregated into a box of last resort) - but any new thread is Aurifil.

SewCalGal said...

For many years I too was quite happy with whatever thread I could find in my local stores. I thought that was the best the world had to offer. Then a friend gave me a spool of Aurifil and I quickly realized the difference. While I will now use a variety of high quality threads, from different Manufacturers, Aurifil is my go to thread.

Hope you enjoy it too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Exuberant Color said...

I'm not brand loyal, but will only buy top brands. No junk thread in my house. I have been lucky to hit big sales when stores were closing.

Kathy P said...

Aurifil, and I love it. Way less lint, and the 50 wt. is thin but strong so I don't have to change bobbins as often. I order mine from Red Rock Threads. Good price and $5 shipping.

Jean(ie) said...

I prefer Aurifil for piecing. Prefer the finer weight. As for quilting, it varies from project to project. Sometimes I use Superior, Wonderfil, or Aurifil. I'm currently using some YLI I bought before I learned about thread. Linty, linty, linty... Will kick that to the curb after I'm done. Don't like it. Nosirreee

Linda C said...

Aurifil all the way! It runs so smooth through the machine. Love the big cones, they last ages. I echo all the sentiments of the Aurifil groupies above me.

Robin Hill Quilts~Eileen G. said...

I love Aurifil thread....more importantly my machine loves Aurifil thread! Twice a year I go to quilt shows and stock up with their specials!

Robin Hill Quilts~Eileen G. said...

I love Aurifil thread....more importantly my machine loves Aurifil thread! Twice a year I go to quilt shows and stock up with their specials!

Brenda said...

I think you'll really like the Aurifil. I didn't understand what the fuss was about until I tried it and now I use it exclusively. I just mail ordered 18 spools of it and I'm thrilled to have more colour selections. My lqs doesn't carry it, so I find it when I travel or buy it online.

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