Choosing the Right Quilting Thread

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Heather Thomas teaches you all about thread while providing helpful tips and techniques for working with thread. Learn the many types of thread available as well as the many brands and weights of thread. Understand the value of thread and add element to your quilts. Find out all you need to know about thread and how you can utilize thread when making your beautiful quilts.

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7 Responses to “Choosing the Right Quilting Thread”
  1. Jeanette

    was once told that my bobbin thread should be the same as my top thread. Is this true? Can my bobbin thread be heavier, lighter, and or a different type than my top thread?

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      Hello Jeanette,

      Yes, your bobbin thread can be heavier, lighter or a different type of thread than your needle thread, however matching your needle and bobbin thread can greatly reduce the chance for tension or other stitching issues.


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    Oh, that is a lot of really helpful information. I’ve never understood all the weights of thread and applications for the various weights but Heather made it clear to me. Thanks!

  3. Hope

    The quilt museum in Lincoln,Ne. Showed me how silk deteriorates with time. Can you tell me why we would want to use silk thread? Thanks!

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  4. GAVIN

    I’d like clarification on what to use in the bobbin I was under the impression it had to be 40 or 50 weight only and match the colour any thicker or heavier it would end up a mess ?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Gavin,

      Thanks for your patience while I asked the expert, here is her reply:


      This can actually depend on your machine, so you may want to consult your machine manual. Generally, you will be safe matching your needle and bobbin thread, however, some machines will allow you to use pre-wound bobbin thread, which is usually finer thread.


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