"ahahaha....great tutorial btw!!! You did a great job.....I do have a question....where do you get your thread, what brand do you get and what kind, like 100% Polyester, Rayon, Cotton or Egyptian cotton? I love your metallic...every time I go to use them...they break....argggggg!"
'SHOCK HORROR' They are absolutely fine, the chap I buy them from is very good to me as I do tend to buy rather a lot from him. They are good threads for all jobs, these are the ones I started with when I found patchwork and quilting and have stuck with them ever since. I have only fairly recently started buying the specialised threads. Mostly, I get them for presents. Which is even better. A reel of thread and I am happy as Larry. So these are the ones that are in the left hand drawers of picture above.
Now we are onto my specialised threads. These do cost a little more than ordinary threads, but I feel they are well worth it. Especially when I get them as gifts!!!!
YLI, I buy from EAST COAST QUILTING, the link is over on the side bar for you. They are slightly thicker than the normal threads, but you don't need to change the needle, unless of course you wish to. They come in gorgeous colours. I love using these for my FME.
I have to say, I never bother whether a thread is cotton or polyester, I go for the colour, if I like it, I buy it. In this case though, a lot of these were bought for me by my daughter as presents. My GD is also buying them for me now. I love it.
VALDANI threads, oh yummy threads these. They come in different weights, again, I really don't care about that, I see a colour I like and I buy it and use it whatever. Just change the size of your needle to a 90 or 100 if the thread is thick and get on with the job. I use these a lot for my FME. I buy these from CRAFTY NOTIONS, over there for the link.Also in this box, right to the left, is a small box of threads I bought direct from Anne Eddy in America, I have to check the name for you, she has a wonderful book, which I bought, and I had to buy the threads. They are SUPERIOR THREADS, that is the name of the manufacturer by the way. There are some ROBINSON ANSTON threads in this box too.
The small reels of thread are really old Madeira threads, I bought these from a shop that was closing down, oh how I wish I had gone back and bought more, I love these, they are very well behaved.
Variegated threads are exactly what these are. I had most of these bought for me by my friend Di, for various Birthdays and Christmases. They never seem to run out, weird that. I believe the place we got them was called Glitterati. We were at a show. They change colour roughly every inch or so. I use these with my new stand and a bigger needle than normal.
GUTTERMAN threads, I am told, are the best. Hmm, I don't know about that, they are lovely colours and everything, but I do feel they are very expensive. The reason I have so many of them is because again, the shop was closing its haberdashery department down and I kept going back and buying more. I love a bargain. These you will notice are small reels, they don't go very far at all.
These threads are again, very old. I bought these from Linda Straw, many years ago. They are still fine because I kept them in the dark and in a warm atmosphere. Did you know threads will break and perish if you keep them in the daylight? These are wonderful for satin stitch.
Here is a box of bog standard threads ready to fill in gaps of the normal threads from market.
I hope I have helped you in the use of my threads, I am sorry if I haven't, you see, I just use them. I don't mind what sort, I'll give them a go. If they work, great, if they don't, I'm sure I will find another use for them. BUT FIRST I always try them in the bobbin, if they don't work in there, they go for use as embellishments. Nothing wasted in this house.
So there we are, my threads in all their glory. Yes I do have a lot, but then again I use them so feel OK about it. Any queries about them, I will do my best to answer.