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Quilting with 50wt thread

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by , 05-19-2012 at 05:38 PM (439 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by AFQSinc View Post
I am purchasing some Aurifil 50wt thread for piecing. I understand it is the thinnest weight. Has anyone ever quilted with this weight? I am wondering if the thinnness of the thread will sink into the fabric or if it kind of stays on top.

I have begun using primarily wool batting because I like the almost trapunto look it gives when the background is densely quilted. I am wondering if a thinner thread or a thicker thread will help to emphasize that effect.

Also, if anyone has used the 40wt Aurifil (or other brands) I would love to hear about that experience as well.
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  1. DonnaQuilts's Avatar
    50 wt. is the standard weight of sewing thread. 40wt is for buttons etc. If you can find 60 wt. it is finer, but not as strong either. It was used in the 40s, 50s and 60s for cheap quality dresses etc. because it cost less for mfg. We all used 50 wt, thread for sewing garmets. It suits most machines for general sewing and they were adjusted for it. It is kind of the standard for general sewing. You should get along very well with it. Good luck.

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