Checking & Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

Whether you’re constructing a garment with a 5/8” seam allowances or a quilt with quarter-inch seams, sewing accurate seam allowances is one of the most important aspects of any sewing project. Without an accurate seam allowance, your next project could be too small, too large or a complete disaster. How accurately your machine sews seam allowances can make or break any sewing project. With this in mind, what can you do to check and maintain your sewing machine’s accuracy?

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Superior Threads Summer Bucket List

As quilters, our to-do lists are never done! We always have something to make (or finish!), a new technique to try, or a fun event to attend with our sewing buddies. Our Superior Threads Bucket List is just what you need to cross some of these dream items off your list!

You may have run across various lists of things to do, things to see, things to try and things to taste across the internet. This concept is widely popular, because we naturally want to experience more out of life and continue to thrive in our creativity.

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Easy Cuddle Minky Baby Blanket

We love partnering with fellow quilting companies to create beautiful projects, and today we want to share something really special. Mary is a brand ambassador with Shannon Fabrics and created this darling Wee Ones Moonwalk kit in Shell using Superior Threads So Fine.

Mary used So Fine! in color #491, Pastel Pink. The beautiful, soft color worked well for both needle and bobbin and is Mary’s favorite thread for Cuddle® quilts. In her own words, So Fine! “Is amazing to work with! It is both strong enough that I don’t experience thread breaking and fine enough to sink into the Cuddle® fibers.”

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Go Bold With Color Contrast

I prefer living in color… don’t you?

There are so many quilt styles these days that use thread and fabric with a high contrast. When creating a high-contrast quilt, you are faced with a decision: which color should I use? While choosing thread in high contrast quilts in a challenge for most of us, there are a few options to consider for your quilt.

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Thread Organization and Storage

Do you feel a small burst of happiness every time you look at your thread because it’s organized beautifully? For those of us who groove on spools, let’s talk about how to organize them and some clever ways to keep your stash stashed.

We asked our Superior Stars and Educators for unique and interesting ways that they store thread. We are ecstatic to feature a few of their thread tips, tricks and organization hacks for all of you to see.

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Turning Over a New Leaf and into The Light

Always an artist, Karen Eckmeier loves the creative process. As a young child, she was often found wielding a pencil, sketching lines and patterns on any available surface. She continued to cultivate her artistic skills as she grew by accepting employment for real estate firms; illustrating pen and ink renderings of homes. Then one day, Karen saw a quilt. Its elaborate beauty astounded her. At that moment she determined that if she could draw it, she could also sew it. She dusted off her never-used sewing machine from the top shelf in the closet and began to create.

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All You Need is Love

One of the most exciting times of the year for quilters is November. That’s when the Houston Quilt Festival showcases the newest, most outstanding, and original quilts of the year. It’s a quilter’s dream!

Over the next few months, we’re going to give you an insider’s peek at some of the best quilts of Houston Quilt Festival 2018. The award-winning quilters featured here regularly utilize Superior Threads, and they generously provided background detail that we can’t wait to share with you.

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Superior Star: Lea McComas

Lea McComas head shot

Lea began sewing at age 6 and quilting at 16. While living abroad, Lea immersed herself in interacting and learning with the people and traditions of many cultures, including studying carpet weaving in Turkey and fabric dyeing in Japan. Upon her return to the states in 2001, Lea discovered art quilting. Her explorations in textile art led her to develop a distinctive style of contemporary realism using fabric collage and thread painting. Lea’s award-winning portrait and genre quilts have been exhibited in many national and international shows and competitions.

Lea tells us, “Quality results begin with quality products and that means Superior Threads. My favorite is OMNI. I experience smooth stitching, low lint, and none of the tension problems and fraying that I get with other threads. I usually have a lot …

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Is She Ready Yet?

“Love is a strong motivation.”

For years, Heidi Proffetty has had this image displayed in her home. It is a treasured photo captured by her sister on the waterfront of Plymouth, MA. Her first daughter Erin presents her soon-to-be baby sister with a flower and asks, “is she ready yet?”

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