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Thread: Q regarding variegated thread

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    Question Q regarding variegated thread

    Hi, I am brand new to quilting and have a question about variegated thread.
    Do I use it in my bobbin as well?

    Don't want to screw up my first project!

    Thanks in advance,

    Renate

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    Do you want to see the color changing on the bottom as well as the top? If you do then yes you should use the same thread. Some don't want their stitches seen so well, might take away from a design on the backing fabric, if that is case I would use thread that matches the back or a grey.

    Personally, I like to see the color changes and to show off my stitches so I almost always match bobbin to top.

    Whatever you put in the bobbin is what is going to be seen from the back. Does that make sense.

    I am sure you quilt will be beautiful with whichever thread you choose

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    I agree with Plumtree. Personally I love varigated thread and if you choose wisely it blends well and you just see the motifs with a little of the color.

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    Varigated thread can really add visual depth to the quilting. I typically use it in both bobbin and top , but some varigated thread is quite thick/heavy . Signature has a line of varigated that is a 20 weight( the thickest/heaviest i have seen) ... and I pair that up with a fine bobbin thread, and use a larger needle.
    Be sure to to a bit of testing on a scrap quilt sandwich to make sure you are getting the results you want before you start on the quilt. Needle size , tensions, and bobbin thread all play into the quilting results.
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    Very interesting - I don't care much for varigated thread unless the quilt is predominately one color. It seems like all the darker shade ends up where lines converg and then my eye goes to that spot rather than the overall design. Just my opinion.
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    I used variegated thread in shades of red and pink against a black backing, in both the bobbin and the top thread, and it looks sooooo good! I'm really happy with it!
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    It depends on how big the quilt is and how much thread it will take. I love the look of it on some quilts but if the thread is expensive I go with it on the top and a matching thread on the bottom. Make sure you do a sample sandwich to check your tension before going to your quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Varigated thread can really add visual depth to the quilting. I typically use it in both bobbin and top , but some varigated thread is quite thick/heavy . Signature has a line of varigated that is a 20 weight( the thickest/heaviest i have seen) ... and I pair that up with a fine bobbin thread, and use a larger needle.
    Be sure to to a bit of testing on a scrap quilt sandwich to make sure you are getting the results you want before you start on the quilt. Needle size , tensions, and bobbin thread all play into the quilting results.
    I like varigated threads for FMQ. I just did a Christmas quilt and found a red, green & white one. It worked perfectly. I used it in the bobbin also. It is a Signature thread but it is 40 wt so it is not as thick as the Signature thread that Lori S mentioned.
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    When I make my Quilts of Valor, I usually always use my red/white/blue varigated thread.....I think it all depends on the quilt pattern and the fabric used. Because this thread can sometimes be a little expensive, I always use a simple thread that matches my backing color so it kinda disappears....
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    I like to use the varigated thread in the bobbin for crib quilts if the back is a solid color

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