Thursday, October 7, 2010

Applique Thread

Thank you so much for your compliments on my machine appliqué. I think everything is such a learning process, this is the first time that I have used silk thread and the little zigzag stitch instead of a buttonhole stitch.

I did experiment with a lot of different threads. I tried the invisible threads also, since I am making such a small applique stitch, 1.0 length, 1.5 width, the thread just did not lay right. Some of the regular cotton threads just seemed a little bit too thick and bulky.

I went with 50 weight silk thread, I use the thread in the top and in the bobbin. The kind I have is YLI, I really like the way that it stitches, I think the weight of the thread is the most important. So now I am in the process of seeing if I can collect some more colors of silk thread, there are a lot of colors out there, but not all are 50 weight. If anyone else knows of any other brand names of 50 weight thread, please let me know.

I love seeing everyone's work, it is all such an inspiration to me. When I finished my first block, the first thing I will do is post a picture.

Have a wonderful day stitching,
the lollipop girl


  1. Rosemary the only other silk thread I have used is a brand called KNK and I am guessing it is a Japanese thread. It is old so I am not sure if it is even something you can buy now. It says 100 on the top so it could be a 100 weight? It seems very similar to my YLI. The only reason I don't hand sew with it was because it tangled a lot. I may consider using it for machine applique.

  2. I have used Mettler 60 weight, 2 ply cotton thread for machine applique with good results. I have used the blanket/button hole stitch, blind hem or vari-overlock stitch, and/or a fine and narrow zig zag stitch to do machine applique. Lot's of choices and options! Isn't that fun?! ; )

  3. I have used Aurifil 50-weight in the past for applique, but I have recently discovered YLI's 60-weight cotton thread called Soft Touch. It's great! I also find the silk thread to be too much of a challenge.
    Kathy Webb

  4. Superior threads has huge collection of silk threads that you would just love. Available in single spools or large cones with a whole collection of colors.
    I have used YLI silk threads for years and I am also using the new Superior silks for hand applique.

  5. Thank you everyone for the info on the silk thread. I never knew that you can use silk on the sewing machine. One does learn a lot from this blog, love it! Kim McL