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Thread: Sparkling Threads for the Quilting?

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    Senior Member AtHomeSewing's Avatar
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    I saw a quilt recently which was quilted with a fine-weight thread that sparkled. I'm not sure if it was metallic or what exactly and I didn't get a chance to talk to the maker. The quilt was a kaleidoscope. It was very pretty on it's own, however the thread brought it to a totally new dimension. I've been thinking ever since about trying some fancy thread.

    If you use specialty threads for quilting, what type have you had luck with or do you like?






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    I've used Rayon and love all the great shiny colors it comes in. not sure about sparkly though

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    Rayon does have a beautiful sheen, and I plan to use it in some upcoming quilts. The quilt I saw definitely had more glitter than rayon. It must have been some sort of metallic, a multicolor of some sort.

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    It does sound like metallic and it does sew well enough as long as you use a larger eye needle and don't try free motion with it. good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    It does sound like metallic and it does sew well enough as long as you use a larger eye needle
    Thanks for the tip! :)

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    I used a sulky metallic on the only quilt I've hand-quilted, and it turned out fine. I don't remember whether I used a special needle or not. BUT, I can call my friend Joe Ann who was my first quilt teacher, and this is the quilt I did for her class. She'll remember. And if I can, I'll dig out the quilt and post a photo of it.

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    Check this out:

    http://www.softexpressions.com/softw...s/SuRazzle.php

    This threads are great for bobbin work. Basically you fill the bobbin (because the bobbin is subjected to less tension work than the upper thread) and you quilt from the back. You can do it randomly if that is what you wish, but with more detail and presicion if you use water soluble thread. What to do here is to fill your bobbin with water soluble thread as well as loading it on the top. Sew around the areas that you want to quilt inside, sewing from the top of the quilt, or do the quilting as you wish, looking at the quilt from the top. when you are finished flip the quilt upside down and quilt with the decorative thread on the bobbin, and the desired thread you need for the back of the quilt, on top. when you are finished you will have it double quilted. spray with water do make the water soluble thread dissapear, and now you have a beautiful quilt made with fancy delicate threads that looks amazing. When the quilt is wet the holes made by the first quilting close up and you don't even see them.

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    i prefer holographic thread over metallic.

    i use signature laserbrite because they have a wide color selection. i've also used yli kaleidoscope but they don't make as many colors.

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    I'm using a metallic with a veragated together for my hand quilting quilt. I use sukly(?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I And if I can, I'll dig out the quilt and post a photo of it.
    I'd love to see it! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns

    i prefer holographic thread over metallic.

    i use signature laserbrite because they have a wide color selection. i've also used yli kaleidoscope
    Thanks for the tip, I'll check those out. :)

    Maride, I've seen the Razzle Dazzle in bobbin work and it is stunning! I've only seen it in heavy weight, for bobbin work though. For the project I've got in mind, I would like to try something finer weight.

    gaigai, I'm not sure I'll ever be hand quilting -- my hat's off to you! :)

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