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Ok folks, let's talk about a quilter's best friend – quilting thread! We've asked the lovely folk at Aurifil to share this guide to the best threads for quilting
Get ready to up your thread game! Whether you're new to quilting or looking for a stash refresher, we've made this guide to the different common quilting thread options out there. Simply switching your thread choice can make all kinds of difference to your finished quilts, whether you're machine quilting, hand quilting or sprucing up your quilt tops with extra details like appliqué or embroidery. We'll have you knowing your 80 weight from your 40 weight in a flash...
One of the most common things we hear when we're chatting to quilters is, "what's the best thread for quilting?", closely followed by "why are there so many different types of quilting thread?" All of our threads are all created with quilters in mind, but they also have special qualities that make them a firm favourite for different tasks that quilt-makers need.
Aurifil threads are loved for their quality, strength and lustrous finish, not to mention for their kindness to your sewing machine (they're created to produce less lint to clog things up). Discover the complete range at www.aurifil.com or if you prefer to swot up on the basics first, check out our handy guide to the most common quilting threads: what do the different weights mean and what should you use them for?
The perfect choice for both piecing and quilting, 50wt is our most popular thread, favoured by both beginner and expert quilters.
Aurifil 40wt thread has all the benefits of our 50wt, but with even greater definition. It is strong enough to withstand fast, dense stitching, and thin enough to support intricate detail.
Our 28wt thread is an amazing option for when you want your machine quilting to really shine. The weight of the thread allows for increased stitch definition so that the thread itself is as much a part of the finish look of the quilt as the fabric.
Our 12wt thread, while perfectly lovely for use in a machine, is typically the go-to for hand-stitching. Strong, with enough heft to make a striking visual impact, it is both easy to use and produces fantastic results.
Our Forty3 threads were first launched in Houston in 2017, with all the versatility and lustrous color of the original 40 weight threads, plus the added benefit of extra strength.
Our 80wt thread is delicate and a wonderful choice when it comes to English Paper Piecing and hand appliqué, but it is also a fantastic option for detailed & delicate machine quilting!
At first glance it's easy to assume these luxury floss threads are purely for embroidery or cross stitch, but they're also a great choice for miniature punch needle embroidery. Aurifloss is a 6-strand separating embroidery thread that allows you the ability to choose exactly how thick you would like your hand quilting to be.
Our monofilament thread is a fantastic option if you are quilting a highly colorful quilt yet do not want to make several thread changes throughout the quilting process.
Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.
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