Recommended Threads for Quilting

Threads for Quilting

Last week in the post, Let’s Talk About Threads (read more HERE), I recommended two threads, Aurifil cotton for piecing and quilting and Sulky rayon for quilting.  Then I asked you to share your favorite quilting threads.  I plan to give each recommended thread a “test drive” over the coming weeks.  If you’d like to join me, here’s a list of reader-recommended threads for quilting:

Cotton Threads–for quilting and piecing

  • Aurifil (No. 1 most recommended thread)
  • King Tut-Superior Threads
  • Masterpiece-Superior Threads
  • Guterman Cotton thread

Rayon Threads-for quilting, applique (not recommended for piecing)

  • Sulky-40 wt
  • Marathon
  • Robison-Anton Rayon

Polyester Threads-for quilting, applique, embroidery

  • Isacord ( No. 1 Recommended polyester thread)
  • Omni -Superior Threads
  • Polylite 60 wt -Sulky Threads
  • Permacore-A & E Threads
  • Sylko Trilobal-Coats and Clark
  • Glide

Invisible Threads – for quilting

  • Invisible – Aurifil
  • Wonderfil-Invisifil

Beth at Buzy Quilter, shared a link to her blog on how to make a cone holder.

Check your local quilt store for these threads….if unavailable, readers have recommended the following online sources for the above threads:

Superior Threadswww.superior

  • King Tut
  • Masterpiece
  • Omni

Red Rock

I have used this site, too and can recommend them.

Supplies most of the threads on the list (except Glide)

  • Aurifil
  • Permacore, Guterman
  • Isacord
  • Robison-Anton
  • Sulky
  • Wonderfil
  • Superior


  • Isacord

Sew for

  • Isacord
  • Sulky Polylite


  • Glide

Ebay store:  SewingThreads R Usmyworldebay

  • Coats and Clark–Sylko

Let’s keep this conversation “thread” going…if you find anything you like (or don’t like) please let me know…

I will post regularly with updates including samples, sources, needle pairings, price comparisons….

9 thoughts on “Recommended Threads for Quilting

  1. Thank Lori, I have been an Aurifil gal for a long time. I am excited to try some of the others on the list. On another note, are you familiar with I am thinking of making a trip to Minneapolis and am looking into to staying there. Would love to see you when I am in town
    warmest regards,

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  5. Thanks for the link to this on your recent “Thread Samples” post. I am printing this out as a reference for trying some new threads I will be getting.

  6. Listing the recommended threads and the best uses for them is much appreciated. As a sewer from way back, it’s mind boggling how many different types and brands there are, so your helpful hints are definitely helpful. I’ll copy this page and the links so I remember.

    Making a sample on the fabric you intend to use is good. No point in making a mistake on your project when you can check out your threads beforehand.

    Tavette – S. Fla.

  7. After working on my HQ Sweet 16 and dealing with tension issues with many different threads, I switched to the Fil-Tec Glide bobbin thread from Bobbin Central. Hooray!! Not one problem since……I piece with Mettler which was recommended for my Janome and am happy with it but, after the many recommendations for Aurifil, I will be trying that one soon.

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