October 20, 2014
Here at Hart’s, we love sharing our sewing knowledge with our customers and each other. The other day, I brought in a quilt I had just finished to display in our store. In the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Aurifil thread and share my enthusiasm to anyone who will listen!
While I do sew garments from time to time, primarily I am a quilter, and so I prefer using 100% cotton in my quilts for piecing as well as quilting. Aurifil is made from the best, extra long-staple Egyptian cotton available. What does that mean to you? It’s incredibly smooth and glides through the eye of your needle with ease! Also, it means a minimum of fluff in and around your bobbin. Other threads leave much more lint in my bobbin case, which means I’m cleaning and brushing it out more often than I’d like. Long-staple cotton thread also means that Aurifil thread is stable, strong and dependable. And Aurifil is strong, but the 50 weight thread that Hart’s sells is a fine thread. This means that if you’re piecing a quilt block, the Aurifil thread isn’t thick, and won’t add to your seam allowance. It’s strong, without bulk – a perfect combination. Also, since it’s thin, you get more thread on your bobbin, which means you’ll be refilling your bobbin a lot less often. Sweet!
Let’s talk about economics for a minute. If you look at a spool of Aurifil thread vs another spool of thread you notice something right away.
The Aurifil has 13 times the amount of thread that our most popular spool of thread has. Specifically, Aurifil thread has 1300 meters of thread per spool, that’s over 1400 yards of thread vs. 100 meters on a typical spool of thread. If you were to purchase that other thread, and bought the amount that was on one spool of Aurifil, it would cost nearly $24, which is basically double the cost of the Aurifil thread. So, let’s recap: more thread per spool, and yard per yard, or meter per meter, you are getting a bargain for an incredible product.
Here’s a picture of one of the many quilts I have pieced and quilted using Aurifil:
I’m a big fan of straight-line quilting using my walking foot. Aurifil is my go-to fabric for both straight-line quilting as well as free-motion quilting. The Aurifil Hart’s Fabric carries can be found HERE.