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. 

45 comments:

Tisha said...

Ohhh what a fabulous giveaway. ...I have often bought thread only to have to buy new bc I bought the wrong color. My email is tisha.fruhauf@gmail.com

Tisha said...

Ohhh what a fabulous giveaway. ...I have often bought thread only to have to buy new bc I bought the wrong color. My email is tisha.fruhauf@gmail.com

Krista said...

Ooh, how fun! I didn't realize that Fil-Tec had 100% cotton. I have tried Glide but would really like to try the Cairo-quilt. I'm off to go look that up. And thank you for the chance to win! The best way to reach me is barefootquilting(at)ymail(dot)com

mandy applebee said...

I love my thread from fitec, all of it! Even bought some glow in the dark to try....ill let you know how that goes! I am the proud owner of ALL their color cards however so you can give them to someone else......happy stitching!

sgardner said...

Thank you for this giveaway. I have heard good things about Glide, an plan to buy some at the next quilt show in SLC. The color card would help me preplan my purchases. My email is k12listmomma@comcast.net

Abby said...

Awesome!Thanks,

Abby
abby@badgirlquilts.com

Debbie Collins said...

I would love to win thread cards, Debbie Collins dkcquilts@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I'd love some fil-tec color cards.

LindaP Poullard said...

Great - thanks!
lpoullard@austin.rr.com

KevinB said...

Last thread card I got turned out to be photos. Wasn't happy. I've not tried this brand, so look forward to seeing their thread. kevin @ quiltguy . com

Emma said...

I use four brands of thread on a regular basis, and have a selection of the thread cards. They're invaluable, especially as some threads (e.g. Glide) do not show accurately on-screen.

Valerie said...

Thanks for providing a chance to win thread cards!

Anonymous said...

Barb


srbarbq@hotmail.com
Thanks

Xtgirl said...

I am just about to order glide for the first time because I've heard great things about it, so this drawing is exciting! Thanks xtgirl@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

Thanks for the giveaway chance. Fil-tec thread is awesome.

Leslie Birmingham
Sunflowersnsunshine@gmail.com

Leslie said...

Thanks for the giveaway chance. Fil-tec thread is awesome.

Leslie Birmingham
Sunflowersnsunshine@gmail.com

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I would love to have a card! Haven't tried FilTec, yet, but I'm always open to try just about anything new. My contact info is available in my blogger profile.

Anonymous said...

Love Fil-tec thread!! What a great give-a-way. Doris Peterson
paptoppy@hmtel.com

Bev Sievers said...

I love Glide thread, and use it more all the time. I like the fact it picks up colors in a quilt, and seems to always be perfect for the quilt. The pre wound bobbins are to die for..LOL.. I use more glide all the time. dancingthreads @ yahoo.com Bev Sievers

ruaquilter said...

I don't have a long arm, but I do have two freinds who are letting me use theirs. So i need to get some thread and thsi would be a great way to check before I buy.
Thanks Val
vkinion@juno.com

Cowtown Quilts said...

I love Fil-Tec's threads, too, and have been trying to figure out which thread company to make my main thread choice. Fil-Tec is it! Not only are their threads good, but the fact that I get free shipping for orders over $75, and they are SOOOO fast in their processing of orders has made me a big fan. I can be contacted via Facebook or my profile link.

Anonymous said...

love this thread! would love to win this. kim- deadparrots@optonline.net

Cynthia Lyons said...

I have never used this thread before. I think it would be great to see it in person though.

Thank you for the giveaway!
Cynthia

Anonymous said...

I love Glide thread. Learned about it in a class from Karen McTavish. lsmenn@gmail.com

MAUREEN said...

I absolutely LOVE Glide thread and the folks at Fil-Tec are wonderful! Their threads are the only ones I use now. Thanks Maddie, for thinking of this!!
Smiles, Maureen
MCapps1999@aol.com

liniecat said...

What a great opportunity your offering us here.......may I drop my name in the draw hat too please?
I too have considered buying them but you know, psychologically .... since paint chips are 'free'.......maybe its that daft notion that has stopped me?
But of course I dont have a box full of the paint selection cards having said lol
But you make sense and now I feel a cheapskate for not laying out on all my favourite thread shade cards!
Sound advice, so thank you lol

Clair said...

Oh, I've never even heard of Fil-Tec! I'd love to see what they have.....do they have threads for long arm machines?
Hold that.....I'll pop over to their site to have a look.
Thanks for this opportunity.

Pam said...

I'm with you - I love fil-tec threads and my long arm machine does too! the other day I tried to use some thread from another company, ended up spending hours ripping it out and starting over. So I would love to win this thread color thing, but if I don't I think I will take your advice and get me some of my own!
Thanks!

Day Quilter said...

Maddie you are absolutely correct. Glide is its name. Just got 5 cones Glisten after you posted the discount code with Fil Tec. Actual thread make a world of difference! Quiltingbyday@hotmail.com

quiltzyx said...

What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win the thread card & surprises!!
quiltzyx at yahoo.com

Wheatridge Studios said...

Worth a try!! Shelley ssiever @ Gmail.com

Trish said...

Earlier today I was trying to order some thread based on the colors showing on my monitor! NOT easy or accurate! I'd love to have their thread cards and try their thread! Can be contacted at: imtrish2(at)gmail(dot)com

Cindye B said...

Love Fil-Tec products! The threads, and the magna bobbins are so easy to work with! The people at Fil-Tec are wonderful also! Thank you for the chance to win the cards! E-mail is: pinkfeatherquilt@aol.com

Tracey said...

I'd love to try fil tec! Great write up

quilary said...

Thanks for the chance to win a colour card - quilary (at)gmail(dot)com

Lizzie said...

My last comment didn't show up. Bummer. Let's try again. liz.haskell@gmail.com

Sharon Stone said...

I haven't tried Fil Tec on my long arm yet. With color cards in hand, I could pick out a new color of quilting thread to try!

Jude Edling said...

I haven't used FilTec but color cards are a good idea. archaemom@hotmail.com

Kathi Kraftyzales said...

Count me in if it's not too late. I forward your blog to all the older quilters in my group that don't know how to subscribe or navigate the web...

Nicole Tull said...

Thread cards would be a great addition to my quilting supplies. I have a few colours of threads, but one can never have too many :)

Terza Ekholm said...

Cool! Terza Ekholm, tlze@yahoo.com

Pat S. said...

I love using Fil-Tec thread! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

Donna Akins said...

I love Glide. I just wish they made prewound bobbins for every color. Love those littel magnet things -- no back lash.

Terri said...

I recently discovered Fil-Tec thread and absolutely love it! I teach quilting and longarm quilting at my local tech school and I love it so much I convinced them to place an order so that we could use it at school. I want to replace my former thread with Fil-Tec and the color card would be a lifesaver! My email is wisconsinquilter (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

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