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Thread: Aurifil or King Tut for quilting thread?

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    I haven't used either of these but want to try out a variegated thread for some new quilts. Am thinking of using So Fine as the bobbin thread (haven't tried that before either). Trying to branch out from using standard Mettler thread.

    If you have used any of these threads, did you like them?

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    I do use King Tut and So Fine often, like them both

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    I have used Aurafil and King Tut, they are both wonderful. I find it better to use a topstitch needle with the King Tut.

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    I use So Fine and King Tut with the Longarm.
    King Tut requires a bit more tension changes, but like them both. I have not tried Aurifill.

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    I love king tut but it is sure linty. I just did a customer quilt with tut threads and waitng for her to pick it up.

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    I haven't used the King Tut yet, but love the Aurifil!

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    I like Aurifil and King Tut about the same - I think the King Tut has more frequent color changes, and sometimes that's a factor. The Auriful that I've bought is a little more matte than the Tut - but really, they're both wonderful, strong threads and look beautiful on the surface of the quilt.

    I like Bottom Line for bobbin thread, but I just bought generic bobbins pre-wound with a 70wt poly filament thread and that thread looks and acts exactly like Bottom Line in my machines and on the quilt. Really glossy and pretty and only $30 for a gross of bobbins. I quilted more heavily than I usually do and only used ten bobbins, so I think they have a lot more thread on them than I can wind on the machine. I think I usually go through 14-18 bobbins on a large quilt like this.

    I don't have a long-arm - I'm using a 1947 Singer 15-91 for quilting. Superior recommends a size 14 topstitching needle with a domestic machine, but I used that on my last quilt and I got a LOT of skipped stitches. (One of the fabrics was of a tight weave like a good sheeting, so that may have been a culprit, too.)

    But, I used a regular size 12 sharp needle on this one and if I have any skipped stitches on this quilt, I didn't notice them.

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    I like the King Tut better. I have had had lots of breakage problems with the Aurifil after the quilt was washed, but none with the King Tut.

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    I am a BIG fan of King Tut. I never have any problem with it and it looks so nice. To construct my quilts I use Robison Anton Oatmeal since it blends into almost all colors. Just bought some similar color from Connecting Threads to try out since it is less expensive. But for quilting - King Tut.

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    When it comes to the quilting , I am a King Tut fan. I also love all the colors. I like on all the Superior Threads they tell you the recommended needle.. saves on me experimenting to figure it out.

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    King Tut and So Fine rock! Auriful tends to break on me, not a lot, but the other two almost never break. Of course the Aurifil I use is 50wt, so it is thinner than the King Tut.

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    I've used both and love them both. I prefer Aurifil since there's so much on a spool, but I got great results with both. No issues using either. My quilt teacher says not to use Aurifil since it's 2 ply so it blends in more, but I like the finer quilting lines than what's made with a 3 ply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I like Aurifil and King Tut about the same - I think the King Tut has more frequent color changes, and sometimes that's a factor. The Auriful that I've bought is a little more matte than the Tut - but really, they're both wonderful, strong threads and look beautiful on the surface of the quilt.

    I like Bottom Line for bobbin thread, but I just bought generic bobbins pre-wound with a 70wt poly filament thread and that thread looks and acts exactly like Bottom Line in my machines and on the quilt. Really glossy and pretty and only $30 for a gross of bobbins. I quilted more heavily than I usually do and only used ten bobbins, so I think they have a lot more thre
    on them than I can wind on the machine. I think I usually go
    through 14-18 bobbins on a large quilt like this.
    I don't have a long-arm - I'm using a 1947 Singer 15-91 for quilting. Superior recommends a size 14 topstitching needle with a domestic machine, but I used that on my last quilt and I got a LOT of skipped stitches. (One of the fabrics was of a tight weave like a good sheeting, so that may have been a culprit, too.)

    But, I used a regular size 12 sharp needle on this one and if I have any skipped stitches on this quilt, I didn't notice them.



    Where do you buy your prewound bobbins? That seems so much cheaper than what I have been finding. Would like to know. Thanks. Marge L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    I like Aurifil and King Tut about the same - I think the King Tut has more frequent color changes, and sometimes that's a factor. The Auriful that I've bought is a little more matte than the Tut - but really, they're both wonderful, strong threads and look beautiful on the surface of the quilt.

    I like Bottom Line for bobbin thread, but I just bought generic bobbins pre-wound with a 70wt poly filament thread and that thread looks and acts exactly like Bottom Line in my machines and on the quilt. Really glossy and pretty and only $30 for a gross of bobbins. I quilted more heavily than I usually do and only used ten bobbins, so I think they have a lot more thre
    on them than I can wind on the machine. I think I usually go
    through 14-18 bobbins on a large quilt like this.
    I don't have a long-arm - I'm using a 1947 Singer 15-91 for quilting. Superior recommends a size 14 topstitching needle with a domestic machine, but I used that on my last quilt and I got a LOT of skipped stitches. (One of the fabrics was of a tight weave like a good sheeting, so that may have been a culprit, too.)

    But, I used a regular size 12 sharp needle on this one and if I have any skipped stitches on this quilt, I didn't notice them.


    thepolyparrot--
    Where do you buy your prewound bobbins? That seems so much cheaper than what I have been finding. Would like to know. Thanks. Marge L.

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    I use Aurifil 50 wt all the time for both piecing and quilting. It is the only thread my Janome 6500 seems to really like. I have no thread breakage issues with this brand. I recently bought some from
    http://www.sewezdesigns.com
    Sue has a wonderful sale going on till the end of this year I think on Aurifil thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L.
    Where do you buy your prewound bobbins? That seems so much cheaper than what I have been finding. Would like to know. Thanks. Marge L.
    I got them from ThreadArt:
    http://www.threadart.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=4055

    When I ordered them, the summary said they were packed 108 to the box, but the box I got contained 144.

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    Do all of you buy your Aurifil or King Tut locally? Or have you purchased color charts? My head is reeling from looking at colors online -- very confusing.

    I would buy the Aurifil that is on sale, for example, except I want 50 wt variegated and all I see are solid colors on the sale website. The chart she sells doesn't say whether there are both solid and variegated colors on the chart.

    Have also looked at the Red Rock and Superior Threads websites. With Red Rock at least I can hold up my quilt top to the screen to try to match the thread color. With Superior supposedly being such an expert thread site, I'm amazed that they post their online e-catalog sideways!

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    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting. I buy large spools of the standard colors (tan, black, cream, red, blue, green) at my LQS. My DH bought me the entire collection of Aurifil (216 spools containing 220 yards of thread; 182 solid and 34 variegated) from The Pacific Rim Quilt Company for my birthday a couple of years ago and another one last year for Christmas (just in case I run out soon!). Now I never have an issue of finding a particular color to quilt with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting. I buy large spools of the standard colors (tan, black, cream, red, blue, green) at my LQS. My DH bought me the entire collection of Aurifil (216 spools containing 220 yards of thread; 182 solid and 34 variegated) from The Pacific Rim Quilt Company for my birthday a couple of years ago and another one last year for Christmas (just in case I run out soon!). Now I never have an issue of finding a particular color to quilt with!
    Do you use Aurifil for both the top and bottom threads when quilting?

    It looks to me as if Aurifil 50wt is very similar to Superior Thread's Masterpiece thread, but Aurifil comes in many more colors and costs less per yard. I just ordered the color chart and a couple of spools of Aurifil from Sue's website. I like the idea of less lint with Aurifil.

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    I love King Tut variegated - I am a hand quilter and it works great

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    I ordered the King Tut color charts from Superior Threads, along with their So Fine! color charts. I hadn't thought of using variegated thread for hand quilting; what a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting. I buy large spools of the standard colors (tan, black, cream, red, blue, green) at my LQS. My DH bought me the entire collection of Aurifil (216 spools containing 220 yards of thread; 182 solid and 34 variegated) from The Pacific Rim Quilt Company for my birthday a couple of years ago and another one last year for Christmas (just in case I run out soon!). Now I never have an issue of finding a particular color to quilt with!
    Do you use Aurifil for both the top and bottom threads when quilting?

    It looks to me as if Aurifil 50wt is very similar to Superior Thread's Masterpiece thread, but Aurifil comes in many more colors and costs less per yard. I just ordered the color chart and a couple of spools of Aurifil from Sue's website. I like the idea of less lint with Aurifil.
    Yes - I use Aurifil for both top and bottom threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    Yes - I use Aurifil for both top and bottom threads.
    Great! I'm thinking if I wind two bobbins at a time and put one on top, I might have an early warning system for bobbin thread running out.

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    I use bottom line or So fine in the bobbins on all my machines. I use King Tut quite often on my Fun quilter - my machine loves it. And I love the many colors.

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    Love King Tut thread for quilting. Also Rainbow. Use a lot of Bottom Line in bobbins.

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