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.
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.