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Aurifil newbie

July 27, 2013

My big purchase last weekend at the retreat was Aurifil. I’ve read so much about it but never used it. Ever since taking a dressmaking course where the instructor swore by Gutterman, that’s been my thread of choice. But these expert quilters who blog can’t be lying about the amazing Aurifil and it actually works out cheaper when bought in bulk like this. 
Simon wasn’t too impressed at the price considering it’s just a bunch of ugly thread (next year I’ll try colors in weight 12 for hand quilting). I opted for the basics to get started weight 50.  The lovely Elita ( last week swore by it and she definitely knows her stuff so I’m trusting this was a good purchase. The Aurifil man was at the retreat, suitably Italian, and luckily let me buy it before the official marketplace opened as I was going to miss it. But then why not let me give him £80?! (Yes, I almost choked as well)
Just starting a new quilt with my newly wound bobbin of the good stuff. Let’s see…

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  • Barbara Petraske July 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Like you a was a newbie to Auriful thread but it was recommended at my LQS – use grey and 50 weight for piecing/quilting. I was in love! There was no comparison to threads I had previously purchased. And then found all the color possibilities – if I could have them all! Heaven!

    • Mollie July 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! I do love the grey and will also start substituting grey fabric for white in my quilts since it’s such a nice option.
      So far I have to say I’ve had a lot of torn top thread, might just need to adjust my settings? Not sure what’s wrong but I don’t normally have that problem piecing

  • teachpany July 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Aurifil is wonderful, and works so well in piecing. I love the 50wt, too, although I prefer 40wt for garments. It holds better in stress-point seams. As for the tension, play. My Viking Sapphire prefers the spool to be vertical, rather than horizontal, with the standard tension. I didn’t have to change the tension in the bobbin, but it also winds a better, tighter bobbin when vertical. I always used Gutterman horizontal, as most say, for cross wound thread, but Aurifil feeds better vertical! Good luck!

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