Choosing The Best Speciality Thread For The Stitch Type
Some stitch designs built into the machine require a special type of thread to make the stitch work well. Take the hand look quilt stitch for instance. Have you ever used it? Did you recognize what it is on the little diagram on the machine? Sometimes it is hard to visualize what the stitch is and how to change the machine settings to make it look the best it can.
This particular stitch requires some adjustments to be made at the machine. First off, the thread color that is seen on the top of the fabric, is actually the bobbin thread and not the top thread. So you need to wind your bobbin with the thread color you want to show.
The second step is to increase the thread tension on the upper thread slightly – possibly 1-2 numbers AND use the Quilters or blue dot bobbin case which has a lower tension than normal and will release the bobbin thread to go up top to form the hand look quilt stitches just perfectly.
Thirdly, is the thread selection. It is recommended to use a monofilament or invisible thread. This type of thread is virtually invisible when used for stitching.
My issue with monofilament thread is that I can not see it well enough to thread the needle and sometimes when stitching I think the thread has broken because I can’t see it stitching. To solve this issue, I have switched to 100wt thread. I choose a thread color that matches my background fabric so it blends in and can not be seen. This works much better for my vision. There are now several manufacturers of this weight of thread to choose from. Although it is exceptionally thin, it is still strong enough to stitch with.
Adding this hand look stitch to my projects adds a wonderful dimension. It looks like it took time to stitch by hand, but only takes minutes when done on the machine. I love that Janome has included this stitch option on many of the models on their line of machines.
Wouldn’t you like to produce quilts that LOOK like they have been hand quilted and yet it was actually your Janome sewing machine that did it so easily and quickly for you?