Some time ago I wrote a post about playing with thread weight, showing how you can get a thicker line with your quilting. You can read that here.
I’ve heard from a lot of you that you’re having a hard time finding thread of that weight in your local quilt and fabric stores. That’s a good signal to me to add it to the shop!
So now you can get the 12 wt. thread I use here.
I use this thread for machine quilting when I want a thicker line, like on the face and whiskers of this cat.
I also use this weight for big stitch quilting. Right now I only carry black, but if there’s interest I’ll start stocking other colors.
Finally, I recently experimented with machine stitching the faces on the Dress Up Bunch dolls and I was very pleased with the results.
Just trace the nose and mouth from the pattern and stitch right over the line with a simple straight stitch and this heavy thread. Easy peasy!
You do need to use a special needle in the machine – I’ve found that a size 90 topstitching needle works best.
You can get the thread here.
You can get the needles here.