Let’s Talk Thread


a few weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue by Superior Threads. They wanted to know if I might be interested in trying out their “So Fine, #50” thread.

superior1Now I gotta tell ya… I’ve never really thought a whole lot about thread. Don’t get mad at me, but I’ve just always thought that thread… was thread… was thread. After all, I don’t do any embroidery, and I’ve never done any machine quilting. I just always have thought that if all you do is regular sewing, that ANY thread would do, so when Heather P. asked me if I wanted to try out her thread, my gut reaction was….


I didn’t say it out loud of course. What I said instead, was that I only had one project left to sew prior to Fall Market and since the exterior material for that project was ALL-Cuddle Suede, I seriously doubted that “fine” sewing thread would work well in that application.

But you know what? Heather was totally undeterred. She was SURE her thread was up to the challenge and all I had to do was give it a solid try and an honest appraisal when I was done. To be honest, I was thinking, “with deadlines looming, I just don’t have time for this”, but I skeptically asked for grey and went back to work.

rp_cuddlecloseup2-e1442692151518.jpgA few days later it arrived along with a pack of machine needles and first off, I can say that it WAS indeed noticeably finer that any thread I’d used to date, but this only served to feed my doubts. As a matter of fact i was SO sure this product wouldn’t stand up to the multiple layers involved in my project that I only wound up a quarter of a bobbin to start off with and here’s how it went… the unvarnished truth….

The first thing I noticed (and this will surprise you), is that my machine ran quieter… a LOT quieter, and I liked that. And even though I was expecting my thread to immediately start breaking… it didn’t. Not-one-time… during the entire project!

threadpostAnd here’s a few other benefits I noticed.

1- It blends into your fabric WAY better than your average thread. Probably because its so fine, it’s just less noticeable on the finished project.

2- It produces nice even top AND bottom stitches. I had no tension issues at all!

3- This thread doesn’t seem to produce much lint at all! I had made it a point to clean out my machine thoroughly prior to making this bag knowing full well that this thread was advertised as being lint-free, so I was pretty surprised to find that everything looked just as clean when I was finished.

So… in summary,

I was VERY impressed with “So Fine #50“, especially considering how skeptical I was about it.  As a matter of fact, the only drawback that I found to using this thread was that it’s a little more difficult to rip out in the event of an error. The fine nature of the thread makes it harder differentiate it from the fabric fibers themselves. This problem can easily be mitigated however by taking a little extra time and effort when ripping out stitches.

So I have to say, this little experiment has made a believer out of me. Not ALL thread was created equal and when I need to buy thread in the future, I plan on being a good deal MORE discriminating!


And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what YOUR “go-to” thread is? Are you like is was…. thinking all threads are pretty much the same?… Or are you brand loyal, and if so, which brand do YOU favor? And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave your comments in the space provided below.

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11 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I was like you years ago when my friends told me about Superior So Fine thread. After trying it I was hooked. I keep white or cream, two shades of grey and black on hand in the big cones. I do most of my piecing with these. I Love it! Glad they introduced you to it.

  2. Oh my, I would have never thought that of you, yes, all threads are not created equal, there’s a huge difference!!! I love this brand of thread, that and Aurifil, my go to thread for piecing and garment sewing, I use it all the time, expensive, but so worth it, embroidery thread is a totally different story, there are plenty that are not the best, but I’m a little bit of a thread snob, I buy the best I can afford, knowing it will show in my finished product. For blending, I like the Sulky Blendables, they’re great too for sewing, so, it depends on what you’re making, the type of fabric, and the better the thread, the better the strength and outcome. Happy sewing with a fantastic product, I love their threads and have them in my thread stash as well.
    Sewingly yours,

  3. I am a longtime fan of Superior Threads and use them exclusively for any project -never a problem especially with their metallic threads. And they tell you the size needle to use with each thread!!

  4. I haven’t tried it, but plan on getting some!! Sounds & looks terrific!

  5. i used #50 Aurifil and love it! But you have convinced me to give this a try. Thanks!

  6. I agree with Suzanne that Aurifil is good, and that I should try Superior also! Thanks for sharing this experience with us!

  7. I do love me some So Fine thread!! Yep, yep and yep! lol I’m a quilter as well as I sew clothes for my granddaughters and I got hooked on So Fine thread about 5 years ago and since then that is all I use.
    Well, that is not exactly true because I do use Bottom Line and Masterpiece. Both are just as wonderful as So Fine. Bottom Line is great because you can get a lot of it in a bobbin which of course keeps from having to change bobbins so often. So Fine blends in with the fabric leaving it pretty much invisible when I need it to be. There a ton of colors to choose from. Superior has thread color cards fairly inexpensively which makes choosing the right colors a no brainer. My machine loves all three of these threads because they are virtually line free. Thus less machine cleaning. My tension is always spot on when I use these threads so no tension issues either. Just after I discovered Superior Threads and fell in love with them I kept hearing about Aurafil thread. I got tired of the quilt shop lady telling me it was the best thing since buttered popcorn so I bought one and took it home and began using it. First of all after I had sewn half of a baby quilt my bobbin hold was think with lint and my tension was not right. The only thing I had changed was the thread. So much for Aurafil. Neither my standard Janome or my computerized Janome like Aurafil was I don’t spend my money on it. I also doesn’t lay into the fabric nicely like the Superior Thread does.

  8. I use their Bottom Line when I machine quilt and the multi-colors of King Tut for the top.

    As far as piecing I use Prescenia threads – I feel they are by far the best. They have a 60/3 wt which is both very fine and strong (the higher the bottom number the more twists, therefore more strength). I also use a cone in medium gray (with the Deely-bob2) so I never run out. These threads are 100% extra-long staple Egytian cotton and practically no lint (I clean out my machine every time the bobbin runs out). My machines are the old Berninas – 1530, 1230 & 1008.

  9. Forgot to mention – when I teach a beginners quilting class – needle & threads are #1 – I bring samples of thread brands & sizes and you can feel the difference on every one of them when you run your fingers along a strand.

  10. I’ve always been a little discriminating about my thread, and I’ll be sure to try this thread. Thanks for the information.

  11. I am somewhat like you. Well the old you. I usually use gutermann thread. But recently decided to try aurfil
    and like it but think I’ll give so fine #50 a try. First I have to find it,though.
    Thanks for the review!