Good Morning, Quilters!
Here is a sneak peek of a project I am working on. This small quilt was inspired by an owl that hoots outside my window every night, but I rarely see.
I have been playing with a gorgeous thread and fabric combination: wool thread on linen fabric. I’m using a piece of medium weight linen and Aurifil Lana 12/2.
Reading Thread Labels
Whenever you see a number-slash-number on a thread label, the first number is the thread weight and the second number is the ply.
For example, on this spool the 12 is the weight of the thread- and 2 is the ply. In other words 2 strands of fiber are twisted together to create this heavy weight thread. The label says “Lana”. By checking the manufacturer’s website, this thread is 50% Acrylic and 50% Wool.
The Aurifil website recommends using 50wt thread in the bobbin (I almost always use 50 wt cotton Aurifil) and using a Topstitch 90 needle.
I started stitching with a Topstitch 90 needle but the thread broke a few times.
Broken and frayed threads are usually a result of:
- Damaged or old needle
- Wrong size needle
- Improperly threaded machine
- Too tight tension
- Burr along the thread bath including the throat plate and hook
My process for broken threads
The first thing I always do when a thread breaks is to re-thread both the top and bobbin threads and check that there aren’t any loose threads caught in the bobbin. If the problem persists, I change the needle and re-thread again. If I continue to have broken threads, then I change the needle size. Finally, I evaluate tension and inspect the thread path to look for anything else that could be causing the problem.
- Re-thread top and bobbin.
- Insert a new needle and re-thread top and bobbin-check for broken threads in bobbin case.
- Change needle size and re-thread top and bobbin.
- Evaluate tension.
- Inspect the thread path looking for burrs or other interruptions.
Most of the time, simply re-threading solves the problem. Every time a thread breaks I work my way through the list.
Also, stitching slowly helps reduce thread breakage with “cranky” threads.
Aurifil Lana Wool 12/2 Thread
I found that I needed to use a size 100 Topstitch needle and stitch more slowly than normal to prevent this beautiful thread from breaking. I love the results and am willing to slow down on this project to create texture on this quilt.
What about YOU?
Do YOU have any thread/needle tips?
Do YOU know how to read a thread label?
Do YOU have a favorite fabric/thread combination?
Do YOU have an owl outside YOUR window?
We’d LOVE to hear!
May all of YOUR stitching be trouble-free
(and your blogging trouble-free as well…LOL!)
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