Let’s Talk a Little About Thread!

If you are new to #hand quilting, here are some tried and true details you’ll need 
to know about #thread.
When you hand sew clothing – putting in a hem, fixing a ripped seam allowance, etc.,
you sometimes use a double layer of thread in a matching color with a knot at the
end.  That could be either polyester or cotton thread – your preference!  I usually use
Coats and Clarks All-Purpose thread or Dual Duty thread for sewing clothing.
Dual Duty Plus thread by Coats and Clark is designed for hand quilting.  It is a strong thread, well-suited for hand quilting.  For hand quilting, you only want ONE layer of thread, not a double layer with a knot at the end.  The glace finish reduces abrasion on the thread which can cause fraying.  The All-Purpose thread features polyester covered polyester core for strength.This thread can be used for a variety of sewing projects, but is NOT normally used for hand quilting or hand piecing.
Another good brand of thread is Gutermann’s Natural Cotton Thread.  It comes in a wide variety of colors, and is a high-quality thread.  I use this for hand piecing.  The Gutermann Natural Cotton Thread is perfect for those who like to sew with natural fibers.  I prefer to use a good, natural cotton thread for both hand piecing and hand quilting.  For hand quilting, though, the thread needs to be heavier in thickness to withstand going through all the layers.
40-WT-SPOOL.jpgMy FAVORITE brand of thread for hand quilting is #Presencia.  Presencia 100% Cotton 3-Ply Sewing/Quilting Thread, 100% extra-long staple Egyptian cotton, mercerized for strength, colorfast and shrinkfast, tightly twisted and balanced, and virtually lint free. It is available in 40, 50, and 60 weights — the higher the number, the finer the thread.

40 weight is designed for longarm quilting, decorative stitching , hand quilting and top stitching — when you want the stitches to show. Mercerized – Colorfast and -Shrinkfast.

50 weight is ideal for general construction, piecing and appliqué.

60 weight is perfect for invisible applique or quilt piecing to achieve an exact 1/4″ seam allowance.

If you will be basting the three layers of your quilt sandwich together, there are a couple different ways you can do that.  Some people use little brass pins to pin-baste the quilt sandwich.  Others will use thread and thread baste their quilt.  I use neutral colors of thread to thread baste, and I do not concern myself with the weight of the thread or the brand used for basting because I will be removing the basting thread anyway.  I will talk more about basting in another article.