Monday, December 7, 2009

My New Best Friend - Hand Quilting Thread

A while ago someone blogged about using HAND QUILTING thread to hand-stitch your binding down to the back of your quilt. I took a mental note, thinking "HEY thats a brilliant idea, I should try that!" then promptly forgot. Well last week I finished a baby quilt and somehow the idea popped back into my head. I ran to Joanns and picked up a spool of Gutermann's Hand Quilting thread in grey.



Let me tell you; I LOVE IT! Hand Quilting Thread has a waxy layer to help it slide smoothly thru the fabric, and I didn't get a single knot or unruly bunch of thread while finishing my quilt! If you enjoy the process of relaxing on the couch with a quilt draped in your lap, you should try this AWESOME thread! It really made for quicker, cleaner hand stitching! I know some quilters machine bind their quilts, which I would like to atleast try once... but I typically enjoy the process of hand stitiching the binding. I should mention I prefer to use Gutermann thread for almost everything I sew... but I'm sure there are other brands out there that work just as well. I just haven't experimented with them yet as I haven't had a need to, ya know? I guess I stick with what I know. If you've tried Hand Quilting thread - let me know how you like it, or if you have used other brands.

ps ~ do NOT do NOT do NOT use this thread in your sewing machine as the wax coating will not play nicely.

Cheers! Cristin

13 comments:

Katie B. said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I'll definitely try that next time.

Christina said...

This is what I use for my hand sewing as well - not only does it slide smoothly, but it is designed to have a higher tension because sewing by hand is not like sewing machine - tension varies. So it's stronger. I love it!

As for the difference in thread, I have tried just about all of them and my favorite is Gutermann. It is stronger, less fibrous and I can get more on a bobbin! ;)

Leslie said...

i love gutterman thread. i use it always when i sew and i just recently started using it for hand sewing and stitching bindings. i love the binding as well. i find it soothing but am sad when it is done because the project has come to a close.

ircabbit said...

That's a really great idea! I will also try out the hand quilting thread for my next binding. I have heard lots of people talk about the difference that good thread makes, but I am resisting with my sewing machine because I don't want to ruin myself forever and always have to buy the expensive stuff. :P Ignorance is bliss in this case.

I have done both machine binding and hand binding, and my mom always did machine binding. Personally, I wouldn't do machine binding for a quilt that was at all special to me. Firstly, I enjoy the hand binding, and secondly, when I did machine binding it gave a far inferior result. I'm not very good at controlling the position of the back when I'm sewing from the front so my binding wandered back and forth a bit and looks wavy from the back. I imagine that if you were really good you could make it look perfectly tidy and straight, but then there would still be an extra line of sewing visible.

Jennifer said...

your post reminded me so much of this post i wrote earlier in the fall.

love hand quilting thread! i've never tried gutermann. maybe i will pick some up.

Stephanie said...

I love guttermann thread for my sewing machine. I machine sew my binding but I'm not thrilled with the results, because the back is never straight and tidy like I'd like even though the front was done perfectly straight. I think I may try hand stitching the next binding.

kaiolohiakids said...

I actually used it accidentally on my machine & had absolutely no problem with it! This was for clothing-not quilting!

zarina said...

I do finish the binding by hand. Am also using the Gutterman thread but its not as good as what you are experiencing. It may not be the same as yours but for my next purchase, most likely I will opt for Superior - which am using for my machine.

Rebekah said...

thanks for the tip! I've seen that at the store but never really understood why it is necessary. I'll have to try some of that on my next binding.

Aimee said...

That's a great tip - thanks!

whatktmadenext said...

Thanks for this tip! I'll be binding my latest quilt soon so will try and get my hands on some of this...

Melanie said...

I never thought of using this on my bindings. I have some and will try it on my next quilt. Gutermann is 50% off this week at Joann. Time to stock up!

Ragmop said...

Howdy!
Welcome to the best hand quilting thread, G├╝termann. I've used it for 15+ yrs. It is the best.
http://www.guetermann.com/
Cheers!
Ragmop