I am starting a new whole cloth quilt and plan to use only 2 threads-one on top and one in the bobbin. That makes each thread choice pretty important. I’m firm on my bobbin choice of Superior Thread’s Kimono silk, but I still need to choose my top thread.
I want a thread that behaves well and has enough presence to show my design from afar. I’ve worked through rayon, 100 wt silk and a thick cotton thread-none were right.
The most curious thing happened: when I popped a brand new spool of Master Piece on my thread holder, it was tight, would not spin and my tension was horrible as a result of all the tugging. I knew it had to be Operator Error, so I removed the spool and found this-I had pushed the label through the hole (duh!), making the hole too tight and keeping the spool from spinning. See how the label has pushed through the spool’s hole? (Used another spool for my photos, but it’s the same concept)Here you see the tension issues. See how the second feather from the left has poor tension but the others do not? I tested my theory by unfurling some of the thread from the stand and creating slack-hence the tension is correct on the other feathers. So it was definitely the spool.Here’s how I corrected it: see how the spool starts out? The cap holds the thread end so that it doesn’t get all tangled.If you just pop off that cap when you’re sewing, instead of keeping it on, you will never have the problem of the spool not spinning freely! Do you feel a forehead slap coming on? I sure did!
So that begs the question-why haven’t I ran into this before? Pure dumb luck I suppose!
Bottom line: Pop that cap off on any spools that have them, then put it back on when you’re done. Who knew??