The Wonderfil folk were trying to help allay the fears of many when using all the various types of specialty threads in sewing machines - metallic, 12 weight threads, monofilaments, polyester and so much more. The fear, using a variety of specialty thread in your machines - well don't you have to play with the tension?
What the Wonderfil people were trying to say is, "no." They said you can use just about any thread in the top of your machine up to a 12 weight, i.e. 12 wt Perle Cotton. And in the bobbin they recommended using an 80 weight thread, such as their Deco-Bob thread.
There are 3 reasons you want to use as thin/light as thread in your bobbin versus the top if using different types of thread:
- You don't want to add 'thread' bulk.
- You don't want the bobbin thread to be seen.
- You don't have to play with your thread tension.
Now mind you, Wonderfil said they thought using a 100 weight thread is best, but they admitted that there would definitely be some thread tension adjusting that needs to happen.
We think that is just simply great news because the other thing that I noticed at market and here at the shop (and last Spring Quilt Market) is the trend to do more and more embellishing on our quilts. Especially since we have so many great sewing machines that have all those embroidery stitches on them.
Do not be afraid. Use the many wonderful (no pun intended) specialty threads out there to create an even more personalized and unique quilt by adding threadwork design of beauty.
Here are a few photo examples - the bottom two are done by Carol, our Thread Master, did; the top one, by the Wonderfil gang.
The first picture shown was done by someone at Wonderfil. At the bottom of the wall hanging, the grass, she used a 12 weight perle cotton. The remainder of the threadwork is a variety of thread weights and types from Wonderfil.