Quilting is a hobby well-suited for beginners since crafters of all skill levels can determine the difficulty level of each quilting project. Beautiful quilts can be made simply, while there are also countless techniques to be utilized by the more experienced or those who are searching for a challenge. However, there are some basic skills that anyone must learn if pursuing quilting for beginners. One of these essential skills is understanding how to choose the perfect thread for each project.
Envision The Final Product
The thread is available in a variety of different weights. The higher the number, the thinner the thread. If you are planning a design where you would like the eye to be drawn to your stitches, use a heavier weight thread. If you want to hide the stitching, a lighter thread (30 weight) will blend in better with your fabric and design.
Machine Quilting Or Sewing By Hand?
The first question you’ll want to ask yourself before picking an appropriate thread is whether you plan to use a sewing machine for your project or if you want to sew by hand. Most quilters prefer to use heavier, sturdier threads when sewing by hand. On the other hand, if you plan to use a sewing machine, a 40 weight thread is usually a good choice. This thread is still thin enough to be used efficiently on your machine, but it’s also heavy enough so that each stitch will show up on your quilt.
Consider Your Quilting Fabric
If you have invested in high-quality quilting fabric, go ahead and use a higher quality thread, too. For example, Craftsy instructs to use a 100% cotton thread when working with 100% cotton fabric.
While there is a lot to take in at first, quilting for beginners can still be a fun, relaxing way to pick up a new hobby and perfect a skill. Runaway Quilting has some of the best resources to get started, including a free book and a myriad of supplies.