Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Machine Quilting With Mettler Cotton Embroidery Thread

IMG_2815The thread I am reviewing today is Mettler 100% Cotton Embroidery thread in variegated pinks.  This is a 30 wt. 2 ply thread.  Being 30 wt. you might think it is a thick thread but since it is only a 2 ply thread it seems finer than some brands of 30 wt. thread.  I used Bottom Line thread by Superior Thread in the bobbin and a size 14 quilting needle.  The thread stitch length was set to 2.0 and was stitched on my Bernina 730 (old 730 not the brand new ones) using my BSR foot (Bernina Stitch Regulator).  The tension was set at 4.0.  The quilt sandwich had Hobbs batting 80% cotton 20% polyester. IMG_2166 As you can see from the sample the variegation in the thread went from very light, almost white, to very dark pink/burgundy.  This large variation in values in the thread makes it hard to see parts of the quilted design.  Be careful choosing something like this if you have intricate quilting designs that you want to be able to see all of.  The thread is fairly smooth with a little fuzz so didn’t leave much lint in the machine.

This thread quilted nicely and the thread balanced easily with the Bottom Line thread.  The backtracking is more evident with this thread but the color shades nicely from light to dark on designs that don’t have to have backtracking.
I would use this thread again and would like to try a solid color instead of the variegated next time.

Happy Quilting,

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