I have seen a lot of people use Aurifil threads and all the comments were very positive. So I decided to buy just a few colours to use for some fine stitches because Aurifil is quite a pricey choice unfortunately. I was very excited to give Aurifil a go. My first impression was that it looked and felt a lot like DMC embroidery floss. It got me thinking. What if I make a few stitches in different types of threads just to see how they look and feel like next to each other? I chose these four red threads:
1. Gutermann Quilting Cotton - a strong thread with a silk-like luster for hand quilting.
2. Aurifil - six-strand embroidery floss that can be separated into one or more strands or used as it is.
3. Gutermann Top Stitch - a heavy duty polyester thread. (This one surprised me)
4. DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss that, as the Aurifil, can be separated into a number of strands.
Gutermann quilting cotton in 2 strands; Aurifil in 2 strands; Top Stitch polyester in 1 strand and DMC floss in 2 strands. Can you tell any difference? Do you like one more than the other? I have to say that all four of these threads were easy to quilt with (I used two layers of linen and one layer of bamboo batting) and they all look lovely to me.
Working with these threads is easy. They don't really tangle and don't snap like many other kinds of threads. They pull through layers of fabric quite smoothly. I was surprised with the Top Stitch thread. I am not a fan of any polyester fibers, but this particular thread is good, especially when a single strand is used, as it gives a lovely finish when thicker items are made. I used it on the baby bib and some other recent makes. Aurifil, on the other hand, is lovely for more delicate materials, like Liberty, for example, or light weight cottons. Hand Quilting Cotton is perfect for working on patchwork using light to medium weight cottons. DMC floss is great for many different things as well as working with felt, but I have to say that when working with really tiny felt pieces I prefer to use Gutermann Hand Quilting Cotton and a very thin needle. Sometimes I run DMC floss through a piece of wax just to give it a bit more strength when working with heavier fabrics.
What is your favourite thread? Do you stick with one brand or you like to swap between a few? Do you find some threads easier to work with than others? I would love to hear from you! Have a great week! Larisa xox