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3 key tips for quilting with WonderFil’s Fabulux polyester threads

 

This week I’m looking at free motion quilting on a domestic machine with WonderFil’s Konfetti, Tutti and Fabulux threads, and yesterday, I gave an overview of the three threads. Today, I’m sharing valuable tips for better stitching with Fabulux.

Spools of Fabulux Thread - see 3 key tips on quilting with this fabulous thread by WonderFil Threads
Spools of Fabulux Thread

 

TIP 1 Thread Tamer and Wonder Guard

WonderFil threads don’t have any starches, waxes or glazes on the threads. These finishes are used to keep the threads from unwinding or twisting but they can gum up the machine a bit. WonderFil recommends a Thread Tamer to give the thread a chance to relax and unwind naturally. Make sure the thread travels down to the machine. The thread stand solves a lot of tension issues that many quilters don’t even realize they’re having.

WonderFil's Thread Tamer is a great thread stand to keep threads running smoothly
WonderFil Thread Tamer

 

Another thing you may want to use is a Wonder Guard. Wonder Guards are plastic self sticking wraps. If you look at the base of the thread spool, you’ll notice there’s no little gap to secure the end of the thread. This is intentional on WonderFil’s part. The thread doesn’t get caught and cause stitching problems, and these spools are less expensive to manufacture and the savings are passed onto the sewers. WonderFil has packages of 10 Wonder Guards to wrap around your thread spool to keep it clean as well as to secure the threads from unwrapping when not in use.

WonderFil's Wonder Guard is the perfect tool to keep your threads neat and tidy
Wonder Guard is the perfect tool to keep your threads neat and tidy

 

But did you know that you can use the Wonder Guard while you’re stitching? Loosely wrap the Wonder Guard around the spool of thread and place it on the spool holder. The Wonder Guard acts like thread net, but results in a much smoother thread release.

WonderFil's Wonder Guard can be wrapped loosely around a spool of thread to keep it from unwinding and feeding smoothly while stitching
Wonder Guard wrapped around thread to use instead of a thread net

 

TIP 2 Needles

I was once shown how to test my needle size. Thread a length of chosen thread onto the needle you want to use. Move the ends of the thread up and down to see if the needle will slide freely along the length of thread. If the thread slides slowly or tends to stick, choose a larger needle. If the thread seems to slide too easily, try a smaller needle.

A cross section of needles [red] and thread size [orange] shows how the thread should sit in the groove of the needle rather than stick out and rub against the fibers of the fabric; Review of WonderFil Fabulux Thread
A cross section of needles [red] and thread size [orange]

 

The thread needs to sit in the groove down the front of the needle. If the needle is too small  or the thread too big, it will sit outside the groove. As the needle goes through the fibers of the fabric, the thread will rub and shred. My little picture above shows a cross section of the needle [red] and the thread [orange] inside the groove.

Every quilter and sewer I know has their favorite brand and type of needles. We’ll often choose what we know and what is most readily available. I have my favorites, but the key is to choose the correct needle for the type of thread you’re using. My preferred needles for quilting with Fabulux is a size 80/12 or 90/14 Topstitch needle. The needle itself is the middle of the size range, but the size of the groove down the front and the eye of the needle is larger. This allows for the quilter to use a smaller needle with a thicker thread.

TIP 3 Tension

Polyester thread is naturally stretchy. When it is under tension as it is in your tension disks and thread guides, it can stretch. This will affect the tension and may cause your threads to break. You may want to ease off on your needle tension and possibly your bobbin tension to keep an even stitch. Remember that your two threads should wrap around each other within the layers of your quilt. As the thread runs through the thread guides it can heat up and possibly stretch. This is another reason to ease off the tension and sew a bit slower than full speed.

Make a test sandwich and quilt before attempting any tension changes.

You’ll also want to work with a longer stitch length for maximum shine!

Tomorrow I’m going to show some quilting samples that I stitched with Fabulux. Read on to find out why I say FABULUX IS FABULOUS!

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Reasons to LOVE WonderFil’s Fabulux, Konfetti and Tutti Threads

Allison has an Education degree from University of Winnipeg and many years’ experience teaching aquatics. Allison began teaching sewing and quilting while working at a sewing machine dealer in Calgary, Alberta. She also owned her own fabric store and sewing school for 6 years where she had the wonderful opportunity to teach a wide variety of classes to many sewers, young and old. She now has a studio and classroom in her home and does customer quilts and well as longarm machine rentals. She is a National Handi Quilter Educator. Allison teaches in her studio, locally and in North America. Allison has a very, very supportive husband, 2 daughters and granddaughter close by.

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