Thread Color Cards- Why you need them!
One of the first question most quilters have when getting a new machine either domestic or Longarm has to do with thread. What thread is the best? who has the best price and most of all..
WHAT COLORS SHOULD I GET????
I suspect less heated conversations have been had about just about any topic than when you get a bunch of quilters in a room to talk about thread.. everyone has their favorite and lets just get it out of the way to say that we are not all going to agree about which thread to buy.
Without inciting a riot I think we can be safe in saying that for all sewing you should avoid cheap thread. Stick with name brands and take the advice of those around you and try out a couple of types first before going whole hog and buying the whole color collection.
But once you DO find the thread you love or at least one of the brands you love go ahead and spring for a color card that has real thread wraps on it not just printed dots of the colors in that thread line. Real thread cards make matching selecting or just dreaming about new thread a much more fruitful experience.
Now I am not going to lie, I am pretty much over the moon with Fil-Tec threads. They run like butter in all my machines so rather than fuss with anything else I have stuck with them and not been disappointed.
For that reason the first color cards I grab for when starting any project are from Fil-Tec. No matter if I am looking for something with a nice soft sheen like Glide or the look of cotton like Premo- Soft or even 100% cotton like Cairo-quilt they are my first choices when it comes to thread.
Luckily all thread companies provide thread cards for their line but most come with a price tag that I do find it well worth paying, after all it takes time and manpower to wind all those little pieces of thread around those sample boards don't you know! This price often makes people hesitant to get the cards..but please do.. you will not regret it..
But maybe you can win it!
Lucky lucky duckies.... I asked the fine folks at Fil-Tec to send me some cards that I could send to a couple of my lucky readers and they said yes! So here is the deal.. Between now and Friday leave your name and a way to contact you in the comments and you will be in the drawing for one of the the real thread color cards from Fil-Tec and well as a surprise from Fil-Tec and myself... Very fun!
p.s. I don't work for Fil-Tec but they have been super marvy about supporting and giving swag to my readers so go show them some love or if you don't know much about them learn more over at their Facebook page or their website.