Just recently I've felt like a secret of mine has become public knowledge. I rather like the feeling that for some time I've used Aurifil thread and all of a sudden the rest of the world has realised it's really something special. It makes me feel hip, like I'm an old school, original member of the club.
My love of Aurifil started when I bought my pfaff grand quilter and she acted up with loads of the threads I had previously used. I had snapping, or weird tension and I got annoyed. She liked polyester/cotton blended thread but not cotton, and poly cotton is fine but I like cotton for piecing especially, I don't want the poly cotton thread tearing into my seams over time and damaging them.
I bought some Aurifil on a cone from the incredibly smooth as butter talking Alex Veronelli (Mr Aurifil) at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham last year and I would have bought anything that man suggested because he has a beautiful accent. I'm easy, speak with an Italian accent to me and I'll buy whatever you have to offer. He said I wouldn't be disappointed with the 40 weight (I have never paid any attention to weights of thread before or since, I just did as I was told) and I didn't really care if it was going to snap all over the place when I got home and stuck it on my moody German Pfaff, because this handsome man with a beautiful voice sold it to me and that was enough. (I have to add here that at the Festival of Quilts in the UK there are not a whole lot of handsome men wearing well tailored clothes, so Alex Veronelli was like a shining beacon of beauty. He stayed etched in my brain, and has remained there ever since).
Sure enough, though, he was right. The moody Pfaff loved the 40 weight cotton, it didn't snap, it didn't give me weird tension issues and it quilted (and pieced) like a dream.
So I bought more, on smaller spools, for Nina Bernina, who is less moody than the Pfaff and really doesn't mind what you use and she loved it too.
Then I mentioned to Pat Sloan about how much I loved Aurifil (because she was doing something on twitter about it) and she offered to send me one of her designer kits, which is a really great mix of her choice of 12 favourite and most used colours in a little case.
Now I have a dilemma, because I really want to use all of Pat's colours...but they look so lovely sat all sealed and new in their box. I have just run out of grey though, so I will have to crack that baby open pretty quick smart-ish.
Ok, I've had a read up on the most common thread weights and stuff like that and here's the low down....
28 weight - heavier weight, perfect for decorative machine stitches and hand stitches
40 weight - regular weight, perfect for all machine quilting (domestic and long arm), piecing and a slightly heavier look for machine applique (I also love this weight for hand sewing bindings and stuff. That's my 2 cents - I don't know if that's right or not, but I do)
50 weight - lightweight, perfect for hand applique, machine applique and machine quilting. The thin thread helps stitches become almost invisible.
Aurifil is also well priced, it's not crazy expensive, and I don't like to spend money on things like thread because I would rather buy fabric, so for me to say it's well priced means it is. It's also easily found, especially online (just google it - loads of places come up in the search). And you can get thread cards (which I admit I do need, because I have messed up a couple of times and ordered thread that isn't a perfect match for what I wanted it for).
So, there you have it. It's what I use and have done for the past year, and will continue using.
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