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Today’s quilty question:

What do I try if my thread keeps breaking???

Well, first things first… Completely re-thread your machine and bobbin.

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If that doesn’t do the trick… Let’s look at your thread and needle!

When quilting we are generally using a 40 or 50wt cotton thread. If using a special type of thread, you may need a special needle. Otherwise, a universal needle should be fine.

Secondly…. When did you last change your needle??? This is one of the biggest things we as quilters forget to do! Every 4 to 8 hrs of sewing needs a new needle. They cost cents… so just change it for every new project. When machine quilting a quilt I always start with a fresh needle.



What else do we always forget to do???

Clean our machines. So if you’re still having trouble… give your machine a quick de-fuzzing!

These are just a few quick things to try! Hope these tips helps you guys.



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Quilting Thread

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Quilting Thread – My latest discovery!

Not all that long ago I won a spool of Aurifil thread(50wt. cotton), and believe it or not, I had never tried this brand before! I had definitely heard of so many quilters using it, but was already using the more expensive brand at Joann’s and to spend a little more seemed too much. But…..I have to say they have definitely won me over! What I used before was better that the cheap stuff, which broke often and filled my machine with lint, but I have to say I am loving Aurifil!

Here are a few reasons why you should give it a try:

  • Most shops sell the larger spool for around $9-$10, so it seems like a lot more, but there is 1422 yards on there and mine seemed to last forever! Especially the 50wt., it’s finer thread and P.S. makes your bobbin last a lot longer. I love this for my piecing and quilting. For your quilting this means less bold stitches (blends well), which is good for the beginner who may not want all of their stitches to stand out.
  • I could definitely notice the sheen and color of the thread was richer and brighter than what I was using. Even in just a basic grey, smooth and beautiful stitches.
  • I love that they sell collections of threads that match the designers fabric collections! I know, I know… you are thinking, that is a lot of thread for one designers line of fabric! But don’t forget a lot of designers(MODA) are locked into a color way, so this will go with most all their lines.

Since I am a new Aurifil convert I bought a Mark Lipinski Basics Collection to get me started, this has all your white, black, grey and biege neutrals.


I am drooling over the Simplify collection by Camille Roskelley!

You can find this one over at Cotton Bliss! Small kit, $33.80 and the large kit, $80.00 and that’s 12 spools!

And if you subscribe to her newsletter you will get a follow up coupon:)

Oooh, I just need to touch it! I think my fabric addiction is spreading to thread, yikes!

You can find 3 Things every Quilter should know about Thread here.

I know there are other good ones out there too folks, just sharing my latest quilty experiences her. In case you were wondering no one paid me to say any of this either, but I can be bribed with thread….just kidding….but not really;) I hope someone new will give it a try and let me know what you think!

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3 Things every Quilter should know about Thread!



1. How is it wrapped onto the spool?

Is your thread cross-wound, loaded onto the spool in a criss-cross pattern forming and x around the spool, or is it stacked, loaded parallel and stacking on top of itself?

2. What is your thread made of?

Cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, metallic, silk, or wool?

3. How thick is your thread?

30wt., 40wt., or 50wt.?

Is your mind spinning, did you not know thread was this complicated? Well, it really isn’t. Let’s address these one at a time…..

1. How your thread is loaded tells you how it should stand on your machine. If it is cross-wound(right in the pic below), it should be horizontal with a spool cap to keep it in place. If it is stacked(left in the pic below), it should sit vertically. If not in the right direction it doesn’t come off the spool properly and can get tangled or you may even notice some tension issues. If your machine will not hold the spool both directions, there are thread stands to help you out. Thread stands are also used for those large cones of thread.


2. What your thread is made of will depend on your project and different size needles may be required.  Here is the 411 on some common types.

Cotton-natural, soft, durable, not as strong as polyester, and a low shiny factor:)(sheen).

Polyester-strong, durable, colorfast, various finishes(shiny factors).

Rayon-mostly used for embroidery, cheaper, less durable, not colorfast, high shiny factor.

Monofilament-invisible,strong(but brittle over time), not colorfast(yellows over time),not heat resistant.

Metallic-not really thread(plastic cut into strips), need special needle, can break easily.

3. How thick your thread is, or the weight of your thread, is not that complicated either.

• 30wt.-thicker, very common.

• 40wt.-finer.

• 50wt.-very fine, great for making your stitches blend, great in your bobbin, too!


Monofilament and Metallic like to fall off the spool, so a net that fits over the spool keeps it in place and helps with tension. I bet you didn’t even know what that netty thing was for:)

Quality, quality, quality! Cheap thread is linty and will get inside your machine and drive you nuts with machine troubles. A not so expensive thread I love is Gutermann brand, and with a Joann’s coupon or a 50% sale, I like to stock up.

Grey is an amazing neutral color for thread, Light or dark grey blends with most anything.

Don’t listen to rumors! Experiment, try lots and see what you and your machine love♥.

Here my picks for good thread, give ’em a click to check ’em out:

Red Rock Threads

Superior Threads


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