Invisible Thread-Open Line Friday-We Need YOUR Advice!

Invisible Thread, Quilting Tips

Good Morning, Quilters!

Do YOU know what the photo above is?

It’s Invisible Thread!

LOLOL

(The hardest part about blogging–you can’t tell if YOU have the same lame sense of humor that I have!?)

Last week, a reader asked about invisible thread and I thought we needed The Whole Group’s help on this one.  (10,000 heads are better!)

WHAT IS INVISIBLE THREAD?

Well, it’s thread you can’t see…

When used for machine quilting, one notices texture and the motif, not the thread.

Invisible thread can be used for top and/or bobbin thread.

Usually, invisible thread is another name for monofilament thread.

WHAT IS MONOFILAMENT THREAD?

Monofilament thread is a single, (mono) extruded line of nylon or polyester.  (Think of a garlic press with one very tiny hole…Press down and you create monofilament garlic-yum!)

Monofilament usually comes in two colors: clear and smoke…(Hmmm….how does that work–invisible colors???)

NYLON v. POLYESTER MONOFILAMENT

The quilting debate:  Which is better nylon or polyester monofilament thread?

Advocates for nylon say nylon has a better “hand”-it is softer and machines like it better.  A few popular nylon monofilaments include: Aurifil 1000 Invisible   YLI Wonder Invisible Thread,

Advocates for polyester say nylon stretches too much, can be brittle and sometimes turns yellow.  Polyester monofilaments include:  Sulky Invisible and Superior’s MonoPoly

MY EXPERIENCE WITH MONOFILAMENT

When I first started machine quilting, my favorite quilter, Diane Gaudynski, frequently used monofilament thread for her award-winning quilts. Naturally, I experimented with monofilaments.  Unfortunately, my sewing machine HATED the monofilament and I needed to have my machine serviced after using it. I was stitching on a BERNINA, just like Ms. Gaudynski–so it must have been user error.  I don’t remember if I was using nylon or poly.  Ever since then, I have steered clear of monofilament thread.

Whenever I wanted an “invisible thread” I used a thread color that matched my fabric.  Superior MicroQuilter Thread

A NEW ADDITION TO MY THREAD BOX

Recently, I tried Superior’s new thread line, MicroQuilter.

MicroQuilter is 100 wt polyester thread and my machine LOVES it!

The thread is very fine and almost invisible like monofilament, but behaves like a well-mannered polyester!

While I was teaching at The John Campbell Folk School, several students tried it and loved it too.

BERNINA, Lori Kennedy

OPEN LINE FRIDAY–SHARE YOUR “INVISIBLE” THREAD FAVORITES

It’s important to understand that one of the criteria for choosing a thread is:   Does YOUR machine like it?

We all have different machines and we all work a little differently.

Threads that work for Diane Gaudynski do not work for me…What works for me, may not work for you…

Don’t be discouraged if a new thread isn’t working.  Give it to a quilt friend and try something else!

Half the challenge (and fun) of learning machine quilting is finding YOUR favorites!

What about YOU?

Do YOU use invisible thread?

What brand?  Nylon? Polyester?

Do YOU use something else?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Thread Maven,

Lo   (the other letters are invisible)

PS…If you like these motifs and tips, be sure to check out my book, Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 or any of my Craftsy Videos!  

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

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Work in Progress–Poppies

Good Morning, Quilters!

I am behind on so many things…the dusting, cleaning cabinets, covering my roses…

One of the things that bothers me the most is being behind on The Flower of the Month Tutorials!

I am working on the August flower of the month–The Poppy.

After doodling several iterations in my sketchbook,  I came up with a continuous line design I liked.

Next, I tried stitching The Poppy.

CHOOSING THREAD

When I think of a poppy, I think of a dramatic red flower with black accents, so I stitched The Poppy on red fabric with a variegated black and white thread.  (Seemed like a good plan…)

I was really happy with the results, until….

Poppies, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy

Yesterday I had Aurifil 28wt white cotton on my sewing machine so I tried The Poppy with the thicker, more contrasting thread.

What a difference!

The boldness of the contrasting thread re-creates the dramatic essence of poppies.

The motif looks even better than the earlier version in black thread.

Now I can’t wait to make a quilt with these bold flowers!

Step-by-step tutorial next Tuesday.
What about YOU?

My sisters (who are knitters) always ask “What’s on YOUR Needles?”

I guess the machine quilter’s version would be “What’s under YOUR needle?”

Any garden surprises?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Your Dramatic Queen Quilter,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

 

 

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