I’m in the midst of a wholecloth trapunontoed quilt, hellbent on finishing sometime this century. If you’re working in both wholecloth and trapunto, your entire world is thread and tension. So maybe I’m just a wee bit a little hyper-focused. But I do know my thread. I am working with two high-quality threads, no complaints there. But dang, the way thread manufacturers design their spools makes a difference!
There are two things that that thread manufacturers need to fix:
Problem #1: Please don’t cover the hole with your label!
It prevents the spool from spinning freely. If you just jam the spool onto the spindle, that sticky label gets jammed in also, which keeps the spool from spinning without a hitch:
These are the two threads that make up the entire surface of my wholecloth quilt. The label covers the loading hole so I have to peel off that label or this will happen:
See how the label got smashed into the hole? I used this thread on another project and my tension was waaaay too tight on top until I figured out that the problem was that the label got jammed into the hole and kept the spool from spinning freely. Superior has fixed this problem since then and punches out the hole on all of their spools. Why don’t all manufacturers do this?
This is what we need:
Just punch the hole out – problem solved!
Problem #2: Cut a thread slot in all cones to corral the thread ends.
It annoys the heck out of me when I get a cone and there is no thread slot cut. I have to cut one myself with my seam ripper and it does not hold the thread end well:
That mini-cone of Invisifil did not come with a slot cut so I had to engineer my own. It does not hold well. Yes, I know I can net it or use the plastic tape, but I am switching out threads all the time and don’t want to have to do that. Just cut the hole for me please:
Superior’s Fantastico comes with the slot already cut. It holds the thread tightly yet yields it easily when I want to sew/quilt. How hard is it to add the cut?
A couple of notes:
-Think that I’m the only one this annoys? I wrote about the hole-in-the-label thing in 2012 and I got 30,000 hits in one day! This was before my book and all of that. It resonated and got instantly reposted, even Diane Gaudynski reposted it. Quilters care about these things.
-It surely could have been coincidental, but Superior began to print their labels with the hole cut out. Perhaps they were listening?
-Let me be clear, I love both the Wonderfil Invisifil and the Quilters Select Perfect Cotton Plus. The 100 wt poly Invisifil practically disappears in my quilt, leaving line and shadow which is exactly what I want. The Quilters Select is a fairly new thread – a 60 wt poly-core with cotton wrap. It is strong and lean – great for piecing (better accuracy with a stronger thread than all-cotton) and superb for bindings (does not snap if you tug too hard). The dyes are vibrant too.
-Remember, how you mount your thread on your machine makes a difference. Both of these spools are cross-wound and need to be mounted so that the spool does not spin and the thread comes off the top of the spool.
-Most of you know this, but on many spools the top or bottom pops off. The space between the top or bottom of the spool can be used to secure the thread ends.
Thread manufacturers I hope you’re listening. These are not big fixes but they solve problems and make quilting a wee bit easier. Don’t you want that for your customers? Thank you in advance (she said hopefully)!
I’ll link up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday!