This is the first of many more blog posts on quilting the samples using all kinds of thread. If you remember last June and July, I posted several quilted samples each featuring a different thread – or if you were not reading then or don’t remember just click on the links and scroll down to see and read about the threads I used on those samples. This is a cone of Bottom Line thread by Superior Threads. It is a 100% polyester 60 wt. thread. I use this thread almost exclusively in the bobbin when I machine quilt. There are a few exceptions but I really like this thread on the back of my quilts since it is a fine thread and blends well with most fabrics plus seems to keep a balanced tension with all different weights of top thread. On this sample I also used it as the top thread.The thread really did quilt nicely and since it is a fine thread the quilting can be quite heavy without thread buildup. The backtracking I did on the feathers and bubbles was not distracting like it can be sometimes with heavier threads.
This sample had Mountain Mist White Rose 100% cotton batting and it was a great batting to machine quilt through. Other stats from this sample – Size 12 Topstitch needle, 3.0 tension and I shortened the stitch length to 1.9 on my Bernina machine. This thread can purchased on regular sized spools or the large cones. Even though it is a fine thread it is strong so you don't have to worry about the thread breaking. I seem to use this color a lot so the last time I purchased it I just got a large cone. (color 617)
The first time I used this thread in the bobbin I was a little nervous as the top thread I had chosen was a heavier thread. I was amazed at how good the tension was and how easy it was to quilt with. Now as I said earlier, I use this most of the time for the bobbin but it works great as a top thread too.
Don’t you love it that now all kinds of threads can and are being used to machine quilt? In the past it was a no, no to quilt with anything but cotton thread and now anything goes - YAY!