Threads on the Loose

Sew, Mama, Sew wants to see your threads. Answer the call for a chance to win . . . more thread! Tell them a bit about your thread thinking and add a picture of your thread collection. So, here goes . . .

Ask and tell

How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
I like to have a fair number of neutrals on hand: white, off-white, grays, tans, etc. These get used most often for piecing. I’ve also become fond of shades of gold.

Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
That depends on how you define perfectly. Does everything match? Blending can be good.

Do you ever use contrasting thread?
Oh, yes.

Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
Pretty much all the time. Someday I want to get crazy with bobbin painting. I’ve seen some great effects with the “wow” color in the bobbin and contrasting thread on top. The “wow” threads are generally pricey, though, so I haven’t yet been bold enough to go for it. I did try it once in a class, hence the lone spool of Razzle Dazzle. I figure I need to do some serious practicing before I use it on a project.

What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
Not a problem. Decide which areas you’re ok with the quilting showing the most.

Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
Buy good thread. Good thread isn’t always the most expensive stuff but you’ll know it’s decent if it plays nice with your sewing machine.

Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
Neutrals and color.

Threads
Pretty Jewels

Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
I’ve resisted so far.

Do you “invest” in thread?
I haven’t thought of it that way, although I guess making sure I have certain colors on hand could be considered investing.

What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
Most of my thread is cotton. I do have a collection of beautiful rayons that I haven’t figured out what to do with. They were included as a gift package when I purchased my Koala sewing table. I’ve also got some monofilament that I used on earlier projects. I’d read that they were a good choice so not-so-great-quilting wouldn’t show up much. I didn’t especially like working with it. My quilting may not be show-worthy but I’ve decided I’m ok with that.

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3 thoughts on “Threads on the Loose”

    1. Thank you. That’s quite a compliment from someone with a blog named Thread Head! You have some gorgeous pictures of your own collection – I quite like the little table!

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