Welcome to 6th edition of Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd (#TTot22). TO catch up on prior links, please check either my TTot22 menu option or my Pinterest board (here). For those of you who forgot to check back, here is last month’s summary.
I thought for this month I would share some thread tips, which is how I started my hand piecing classes, but is important information for any sewist.
First, thread is either cross wound or stacked.
Aurifil 50 wt is cross wound. It will act fine on a horizontal spool.
Superior Monopoly is stacked. It will perform best when it is upright.
Second, your thread is your friend. In the case of threading a hand-sewing needle, remember to do your steps as follows:
1. Thread your needle.
2. Cut your thread.
3. Knot your thread.
This is because the winding of the thread and using it from the wrong end can cause your thread to twist upon itself.
Third, understand your numbers. A 50 wt. thread is thicker than a 100 wt. thread. The higher the number the thinner the thread. Embroidery floss is often 12 wt. This chart is from Superior threads, but it gives you some idea of the preferred threads for preferred tasks.
Fourth and final, use the thread that will work for you. When I first started quilting, cotton was the only thing to piece and quilt with. Use the thread that works well with your project and your machine. Some machines are fussy and don’t like a thread. Don’t use it. Do experiment and have fun. Thread is an essential tool and should work for you. The above chart is from Superior thread and can be a guideline.
The linky party below is for June and open until the end of the month. Join in the party and keep those tips and tutorials coming! If you see a tutorial that should be here, send them my way! It is fun to see all the great ideas that show up.
Stitching Sunshine is starting on Monday too! I’ll be participating at the end of the week, but here are Monday’s Bloggers:
Just Let Me Quilt VroomansQuilts
Quilt Schmilt QuiltFabrication
Life in the Scrapatch Karrin’s Crazy World
Just Because Quilts Quilting Gail
Coming Up on the Blog:
Stitching Sunshine Hop (6/25)
Monthly Color Block (7/1)
Partners in Design Announcement (7/7)
Pattern Release (TBD)