Welcome back to day two of our exploration of perfect pairings for SCHMETZ needles with our Sulky and Gütermann threads. Check out yesterday’s post for the introduction to machine sewing needles and its anatomy and tips.
Today I’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite, the beautiful and versatile cotton thread.
50 weight cotton for perfect piecing
Cotton thread has long been valued by quilters for its strength, durability and ability to take a dye.
50 weight Gütermann cotton thread is my thread of choice for piecing quilts from cotton fabric.
Gütermann 100% natural cotton thread is made with the finest, long-staple cotton.
The stability of this thread makes achieving accurate piecing a breeze while the wide range of colors makes it easy to match your chosen fabric.
My favorite needles for piecing with my Gütermann 50 weight cotton thread are:
Tapered point penetrates fabric easily for quality stitching and easy matching of points.
As above for heavier fabrics such as flannel.
Very slim with a sharp point.
Ideal for precision piecing especially where many small seams are involved.
A reinforced blade makes the denim needles likely to bend or break when going over multiple seams.
My favorite for sewing flannel quilts or Minkie.
Eliminates skipped stitches and reduces the fabrics tendency to stretch.
I have to say I just love the new SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade Needles, available in a full range of needle types.
Chrome resists heat and wear.
Chrome will stay cool longer with less stitch distortion allowing the thread to pass through the needle eye with less friction and heat build up.
This will help prevent damage to your thread.
The Chrome also allows the needle to pass through your fabric with less resistance for beautiful smooth stitching.
Machine quilting with Gütermann or Sulky cotton thread
We can of course do beautiful machine quilting with our 50 weight Gütermann thread.
As we touched on earlier there’s always more than one SCHMETZ needle that we can choose to pair with the thread used.
Consider the type of stitching you’ll be doing.
Are you piecing, quilting with a walking foot or free motion quilting?
Are there many seams to cross or none at all?
Consider the type of fabric you’re stitching.
Is it a standard cotton or a very dense weave such as some Batiks?
Don’t be afraid to experiment until you’re happy with the results.
SCHMETZ Quilting 75/11, 90/14
Gives a good quality stitch with a wide variety of threads
The needle I use most often when stitching medium to large designs or straight line quilting
SCHMETZ Chrome Quilting 75/11, 90/14
As above but glides through the fabric with less resistance
SCHMETZ Microtex 80/12, 90/14
Very slim shaft reduces pin pricking
Small eye for less thread bounce
Prevents skipped stitches on dense fabric such as some Batiks
Cotton thread is available in a variety of weights in addition to our 50 weight.
Both a solid color and multicolor 12 and 30 weight cotton are made by Sulky threads.
The multicolor threads called Blendables are a favorite of mine for adding subtle detail and interest to my machine quilting.
These threads have a matte finish with a blend of colors within the same range of tone and intensity.
The color changes are random with a distance of 2½” – 5” making them look as if they have been hand dyed.
Thread sizes work the opposite of needle sizes so these are thicker than your 50 weight cotton.
SULKY threads suggest that you use a 90/14 or 100/16 Topstitch needle with their 30 and 12 weight cotton threads.
I have used the new SCHMETZ Chrome 90/14 Topstitch needle with both and love how it stitches.
My stitching is smooth and even with no damage to the top thread even when stitching at high speeds.
We have had a wonderful time today with our SCHMETZ needles and beautiful Sulky and Gütermann cotton threads but did you know that there are also some wonderful polyester threads that we can use for quilting?
Join me tomorrow as we examine the possibilities of durable Sulky and Gütermann polyester thread and the SCHMETZ needles to stitch them with.
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.
Go to part 2: Perfect Pairings – needles and threads work together for successful quilting
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