Show Us Your Stash ~ Thread!

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Tell us about your thread! Answer our Thread Stash Questions on your blog or in this forum thread. When you’re done, leave a link in the comments below so we can all visit and find your responses. We’ll choose two winners from the responses to each win one Amy Butler Thread Collection and one Kaffe Thread Collection. We really want to see some pretty pictures too, so be sure to include those gorgeous shots of your thread in your answers (we know you take pictures of your thread!).

  • How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
  • Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
  • Do you ever use contrasting thread?
  • Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
  • What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
  • Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
  • Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
  • Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
  • Do you “invest” in thread?
  • What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)

Want another chance to win?! Add photos of projects you’ve made with Amy Butler or Kaffe Fassett fabrics to this photo pool. We’ll draw two winners from the pool next Thursday, July 15. Learn more about the new Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett Thread Collections here.

Just for fun, answer the two questions in our thread poll!

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128 Responses to Show Us Your Stash ~ Thread!

  1. Doris says:

    Here is my thread stash post… I seriously didn’t think I HAD a stash until I wrote this post! I wrote about how I store mine as well.

    http://threadsofconversation.blogspot.com/2010/07/show-me-thread.html

  2. Linda says:

    HI! Here’s my response:http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?action=helpadmin;help=see_member_ip

    I’m #69 in the forum

  3. Kris says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    I have a really small collection…mostly just the basics, and then some that were to match projects I’ve done or want to do.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    It depends on the effect I’m going for and how visible it will be, I try to get it close.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    Sometimes, I’m really excited to try my new jean’s thread, its the same texture and colour of the stitching in blue jeans and since I’m short I always have to hem new pairs.

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    Almost always

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I try to get a colour of thread that coordinates with all the colours, or I stick to the base colour

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    I would say, if its an important project to you or a gift, use good thread. It makes a HUGE difference. It was some of the best advice I got as a beginner (and I still am, so I try to take in as much sewing tips as possible)

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    Such as it is, sure!http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyhappy/4798222923/

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    Unfortunately I haven’t yet, although I’ve been so tempted, because my fabric stash is so small and I have a tiny budget for craft things so I try to do it on a as-needed basis

    Do you “invest” in thread?
    For gifts or something that will be getting a lot of use, I will splurge on the expensive thread. For testing projects and things like that, I don’t mind using a lower end thread, though if I had the money, it would all be the good stuff!

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    I think mostly poly, cotton, and I have several spools of invisible thread. It has it’s place in sewing, but boy is it a pain to use!

  4. Sigrid says:

    Hi all – this is where my response is:

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18212#msg18212

    I’m number 42 in the forum…

    What fun this is…

    Sigrid

  5. Amy says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? I buy as I go to meet my project needs.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? I normally try to match as closely as possible.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread? I rarely use contrasting thread. I think it gives a nice look but I am a perfectionist and get uptight if the stitching isn’t perfect when it is contrasting and more obvious!

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? I use the same most of the time unless I need to use up some bobbin thread to free up a bobbin and it won’t matter (seam will be hidden, etc). I only use different colors when I am quilting and want the thread to match the backing but the thread color won’t work for the top.

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? I have come to like variegated threads.

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? Never.

    Do you “invest” in thread? I buy good quality thread but I wouldn’t say that I invest in it.

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) Handquilting, elastic, cotton, all purpose, metallic, clear

  6. Shelly says:

    I could really use some better quality threads!

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18292#msg18292

  7. Here is mine! I even took a picture! I would love to branch out and try something new!
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18291#msg18291

  8. Kelly W says:

    Mine is in the forum (crosses fingers):
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18290#msg18290

  9. Janna says:

    My answers are here. I couldn’t find my first post, so I had to re-post here.

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.60

  10. Ruth says:

    Here it is:

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18286#msg18286

    Maybe you can get me addicted to better quality thread. :)

  11. Dawn Alley says:

    Hi Sew Mama Sew! I answered the questions and posted pictures of my stash (such as it is) on my blog:

    http://idlehandsdc.typepad.com/blog/

    I’d love to have more thread, especially beautiful thread like this.

  12. Cathie Recca says:

    Here’s my thread. I am addicted to thread – cotton thread, metallic thread, holographic thread, egyptian cotton thread, silk thread – yum yum yum and YUM! You can see my “most frequently used threads HERE:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_I6l8huCQsKg/TDpUG3rh6fI/AAAAAAAAGa4/PpSxidnLpEg/s1600/distress+009.

  13. Susan C. says:

    I blogged my answers, and posted photos, on my site:

    http://almostcrafty.com/2010/07/14/thread-colorful-thread/

  14. Wendy says:

    Here are my answers, and a few photos of my collection:

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18269#msg18269

    As you can see, I have several unclaimed pegs, and would love to give this beautiful thread a good home. ;)

  15. Posted on my blog all about my thread!!

    http://pukingpastilles.com/?p=936

  16. Amber says:

    I posted my answers on my blog. Thanks for this give away!
    http://dawdler-101.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread-stash.html

  17. Deb says:

    Thanks for the chance to win some thread!!! I could use some! Here’s my link where I answered the questions in the forum:
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3329;sa=showPosts

  18. Steph says:

    Here’s my blog post about my little stash: http://www.sillypreciouspiggies.com/2010/07/thread/

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  19. Aniza says:

    Let me share my say on my little thread stash….here

    http://patchworklane.blogspot.com/2010/07/threads-telling.html

  20. Ohhh, I love thread! I’m answering some of these questions here, and also linking to my blog post about thread.

    I select threads by quality, job, and color. I like to use a thread with little fuzzing or linting that are strong enough to do the job. I like to match thread to fabric for construction, and use the same thread in the top as in the bobbin. But I love using contrasting threads for topstitching or decorative touches, and have used different colors and types of threads in the bobbin. If a fabric is multi-colored, I decide which will blend the best for construction and show up the best for topstitching.

    I do buy machine embroidery thread if I fall in love with the colors, and I don’t think you can ever have enough pretty threads for decorative stitching!

    I do have some pics of my thread at this blog post along with some expert tips for storing your thread collection to keep it from going “bad”!

    http://sewsitall.blogspot.com/2009/12/when-good-thread-goes-bad.html

  21. Stephanie says:

    Here is my link (@ least, I hope it comes up as a link!):
    http://thatsnicedear.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/sew-mama-sew-–-thread-stash-questions/

  22. Veronica says:

    Here’s the link to my post: http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.45
    I’m reply #52.

  23. Here is the link to my blogpost.

    http://bostonsewer.blogspot.com/2010/07/sew-mama-sew-thread-post-answers.html

    (This is my 3rd attempt. I see comments for people who posted after I did, so I’ll try one last time! Please don’t disqualify me if I show up more than once! :) Thanks for the giveaway!)

  24. I posted in the forum area and on my blog with a photo of my thread stash.

    My blog is http://pointlessquilter.blogspot.com/2010/07/sew-mama-sews-thread-survey.html

    Would love to try those Rowan threads.

  25. KZ says:

    thanks for the great giveaway! Here is the link to my answers:
    http://kzjostudio.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread-stash.html

  26. I have thread. Lots. Want more. NEED more.
    I have answered the questions here at my blog
    http://coffeeandcotton.com/show-us-your-thread-stash

  27. Colleen Butler says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    Most of the time I judge by what I currently have in the making and buy as I go.
    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? It depends on the project – sometime contrasting thread will look better.
    Do you ever use contrasting thread? Yes but not frequently
    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? almost always
    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? I go with a neutral thread color of if the pattern consistently has white in it, I choose that.
    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? not really.
    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? Yes- I posted on the photo site
    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? Yes
    Do you “invest” in thread? Some types for machine embroidery and quilting.
    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)All purpose thread, quilting thread for the most part.

  28. Jeanette says:

    http://inchwormfabrics.blogspot.com/2010/07/show-us-your-stash-thread.html
    Here is the link to my blog. I dont have a huge collection of thread but I have enough that I dont have to buy when I want to do a project.

  29. Bethany says:

    Here’s the link to my blog entry:

    http://quilted-with-love.blogspot.com/2010/07/sew-mama-sew-asks-about-your-thread.html

    not sure how to make it link.

  30. AnitaT says:

    Here is the link to my blog post: https://keevatales.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/threads-on-the-loose/

    This was fun – thanks!

  31. Carla says:

    Blogging about my thread collection was a fun exercise. Thanks for the chance to win. You can read all about my thread logic here: http://lollyquiltz.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-thread-stash.html

  32. marjorie says:

    answers to Sew Mama Sew thread questions:
    I usually use whatever is in the machine. I change the bobbin when I use it up. If the piece has multi colors I use whatever
    I feel like. love to find vintage thread and see if it might still be good. Recently I picked up two colors of new orange threa at a quilt shop because it was hot and I was feeling orangey. like to try all types, especially
    all organic threads and heavy weight threads. love threads that require milliners needles. do the thread companies have
    “thread testers”? I want to market test new threads!

  33. Chris says:

    I love thread. I have almost as much thread as I have fabric and am always looking at more. I love the colors, and even though I have moved to using neutrals for piecing, I have a lovely rainbow selection of King Tuts and zillions of rayon. At least the thread out numbers the machines….

  34. Katie says:

    Here’s my blog on thread:

    http://katiesredumbrella.blogspot.com/2010/07/talkin-thread.html

    Hope you enjoy!

  35. Becky says:

    I really need to try all different kinds of threads, right now I use old thread up first, but old thread is just that, so it does tend to break easily. Drats.

  36. I’ ve posted my answers and some pics here although I do not own such a nice shelf to display my thread.

    http://teufelskruemel.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread.html

  37. Melanie says:

    I blogged about my thread stash here. http://www.texasfreckles.com/2010/07/thread-stash.html

    Fingers crossed on the giveaway; those threads would look great in my stash!

  38. BetsyAnne says:

    Would love to sew with these collections!
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18228#msg18228

  39. Laura says:

    I treated myself to a thread organizer for my birthday this year and had way too much fun organizing it all by color (and finding a couple duplicates, oops!). I love that my thread ranges from the stuff my mom put in my sewing kit when I went off to college to the fancy quilting thread I most recently bought (with everything and every color in between).

  40. Debra G. says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway. Questions are answered on my blog (linked) below, as well as showing off some of my stash!

    http://tropicslady-tropicalfever.blogspot.com/

  41. Janet says:

    I have a fairly large thread collection it seems. :) Whoever knew! I’ve posted about it with lots of pictures on my blog.

  42. Caroline says:

    Awesome giveaway. Blogged the questions and answers here:
    http://trilliumdesign.blogspot.com/2010/07/shameless-thread-grubbing-post.html
    Thanks for doing the giveaway

  43. Joanne says:

    Great giveaway!
    I blogged my answers here – http://joanne-threadhead.blogspot.com/2010/07/sew-mama-sew-contest.html.

  44. Lora says:

    All the thread is gorgeous! I answered the questions on my blog here: http://chilimango001.blogspot.com/.

  45. Jenny says:

    Thanks for this gorgeous giveaway! I answered the questions on my blog Stumbles & Stitches. You can find my answers here: http://stumblesandstitches.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread-stash.html.

  46. Deanna says:

    Some of my thread was inherited. Some purchased. Since I started quilting I find that I mostly use white, tan, blue, brown and black. Pretty basic. But, you never know when that plastic pink color will be needed for a quick repair or some such thing. My thread is stored in a drawer in the dresser that was mine as a baby. The dresser is getting a little tired (it was second hand fourty years ago) but still works fine for storing notions, buttons and THREAD. People laugh when they see the drawer, but it works for me. I have discovered that there are definate differences in thread quality. I don’t necessarily spend a LOT on thread, but I’m not going to buy junk, either. Quality fabric deserves quality thread. Anyway, I would love some new thread and the chance to explore new possibilities. Thanks.

  47. Munaiba says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? – Whatever takes my fancy when I see it.
    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? – Yes
    Do you ever use contrasting thread? – sometimes
    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? – yes
    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? – I use a neutral
    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? – Don’t match a thread by looking at it on the bobbin. Pull a bit off the bobbin and lie it on the fabric.
    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? – Take a look at my sulky blendables here:
    http://sewjournal.com/2010/05/03/theyve-arrived-my-sulky-blendables-are-here/
    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? – All the time!
    Do you “invest” in thread? – If you mean when it’s on special do I buy up big then the answer is yes,
    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) – hand-quilting threads, machine quilting threads, all purpose cottons.

    A while back I had a poll on hand-quilting threads on my blog you might be interested in the results: http://sewjournal.com/2010/05/11/thread-poll-results-and-a-new-poll-on-sewing-machines/

    These new Kaffe and Amy threads look gorgeous. What weight are they?

  48. Sara says:

    http://joyineverythingthruhim.blogspot.com/2010/07/chance-to-win-on-sew-mama-sew.html

    Here is a link to my answers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Dee says:

    This was a great question to ask. It gave me the chance to really look at my thread stash and take inventory. I blogged all about it at http://bittenbythequiltingbug.blogspot.com/2010/07/show-me-your-thread.html and included lots of pictures.

  50. Samantha says:

    # How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?

    Less than 5 were for specific projects, bought with the fabric so I could match in the store. Most were… ooh, this is pretty! It’d look good on white!

    # Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?

    No, I like to “stitch in the ditch” quilt oftentimes, and it’s only noticeable on the back, so it makes a great contrast.

    # Do you ever use contrasting thread?

    As mentioned, yes :) Raspberry on turquoise, turquoise thread on brown fabric…

    # Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?

    Yes, I have not got that adventurous yet :)

    # What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?

    Choose a neutral or a sparkly one.

    # Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?

    Make sure it looks durable without a lot of wispy fibers hanging off.

    # Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?

    Yes, but it’s a little messy…

    # Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?

    Yes!! That’s how I ended up with four of about the same shade of lavender.

    # Do you “invest” in thread?

    If this means buying more expensive or higher quality thread for an heirloom project, yes.

    # What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc

    Machine quilting, hand quilting, all purpose, polyester, and elastic; from most to least.

  51. wendy says:

    * How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    I buy as I need for anything but the basics… I always try to have big spools of white, cream, light grey, dark grey, light beige, dark beige, brown and black.

    * Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    I try to… but sometimes I just use something close.

    * Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    sometimes :)

    * Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    most of the time. sometimes I’ll “use up” the last of a spool in the bobbin if it won’t show.

    * What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I just pick my favourite colour. Actually, I don’t use many big prints in my sewing.

    * Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    no, just use what you like.

    * Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    not at the moment… but it’s in an old printer’s tray hung up on the wall above my sewing machine. What I’ll do when that’s full, I don’t know.

    * Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    nope.

    * Do you “invest” in thread?
    nope.

    * What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    all-purpose, cotton, top-stitching, button-hole, silk, elastic.

  52. Cheryl says:

    What a neat discussion! I posted my own response.
    http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread.html

  53. Rochelle says:

    Not sure how to post a link to my response on the forum….this might be it: http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18196#msg18196

    The responses are interesting to read. Thanks!

  54. Sakura says:

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=3673.0;num_replies=37
    Here is my thread link.
    I would love to expand my thread collection! I love colors!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  55. Betsy M says:

    Hi, I posted on the forum

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18188#msg18188

    This would be wonderful to win – my stash is very meager. Thanks for the chance!

  56. Ms. Fine says:

    I posted on page three of the forum thread: http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.30

    I”ll have pix of my thread on my blog but probably in a few weeks.

  57. Amy says:

    After lurking for many months I finally registered. Im post #33, thank you!

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.30

  58. Christine says:

    I admit, I love showing off my stash and I’ve taken lots of photos because I love the spread of color the spools make hanging on my wall.

    My photos and answers to the questions are blooged here!
    http://vortex33.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread-stash.html

  59. Gina Pina says:

    These threads look yummy! I blogged about your great giveaway & my thread stash opinions.
    http://ginapina.com/wordpress/07/thread-stash

  60. beth says:

    Happy to just have officially registered with Sew Mama Sew after reading for months. Here’s the link to my answers to the thread questions and my hopes for winning one of those great thread collections. You all are the greatest!

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18182#msg18182

  61. Marcia W. says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? Utilitarian of neutrals for piecing quilts and quilting, match to fabric for garments
    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? No
    Do you ever use contrasting thread? Yes for hand-quilting
    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? Usually
    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? Neutrals
    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? No
    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? No
    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? No
    Do you “invest” in thread? No
    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) all-purpose hand-quilting machine-quilting buttonhole

  62. My responses are posted on my blog at
    http://lperisino.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/thread/

    Happy sewing!
    Leigh

  63. I made a post on my little blog (it’s mostly a friends and family thing, nothing fancy) and I hope you enjoy!
    I’m not a flickr person, so I won’t be in that pool, but just for fun, if you scroll down the blog you’ll see the start of a quilt and it has some Kaffe fabrics! What are the chances? It’s my first time using the fabric, and I’m excited.
    http://www.onehereonethere.blogspot.com

  64. Abigail A. says:

    * How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? I either found them on sale, or matched them to fabric for a specific project.
    * Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? No, definitely not! Sometimes I try to get it close, and sometimes I love the way a white topstitch looks on a colored fabric.
    * Do you ever use contrasting thread? Yes. I recently got a serger too, so I will be experimenting more with decorative threads.
    * Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? Usually I match the colors. Sometimes it doesn’t matter though, and I will use a pale blue with a white bobbin thread.
    * What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I would probably try to use a color that coordinated with the various colors on the fabric.
    * Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? Cheap thread can make completing a project very frustrating! If you care about the way your project turns out, spend a little more and buy good thread! You can still stock up on the bargain stuff for some less important projects or quickie fixes.
    * Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? I would be embarrassed! I used to have a lovely spool holder that my husband made me, but he put my machine on it and broke the dowels! Now my thread is in a few gallon ziploc baggies!
    * Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? Yes, especially if it is on sale or closeout for some reason!
    * Do you “invest” in thread? Not yet, but I probably will begin to focus on specialty threads more with my serger.
    * What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)Elastic, metallic, cotton all purpose, polyester.

  65. Jessica says:

    These thread collections are just beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy them! My answers are listed under Reply #27 in the forum.

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18177#msg18177

  66. Lindsay Forgette says:

    I posted in the forum under lnsybean44.

  67. Ellen says:

    oh designer thread. This I need
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18175#msg18175
    I answered the questions in the forum and will try to blog on thread. Ummm I’ll work on that one.

  68. Ginger says:

    * How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    I buy thread as I need it for a project
    * Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    most of the time
    * Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    rarely
    * Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    yes, most of the time. depends on what I’m sewing
    * What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I’ll go with the prominent color
    * Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    I hate coats and clark thread. Stick with the good stuff. There used to be a chart online from on of the magazines showing thread under a microscope. Google could probably find it, it was a real eye opener.
    * Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    I guess so, though it’s nothing interesting
    * Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    no
    * Do you “invest” in thread?
    not sure what this means. I buy the “good stuff” like gutternman, metler, etc.
    * What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    100% cotton, poly, wooly nylon, clear, embroidery

  69. Wanett says:

    You can find my answers, and the photos of my teeny weeny thread stash, here!:
    http://sownbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/thread-talk/

    Clearly, I NEED to win this ;o)

  70. http://lemonwoodclock.wordpress.com/
    here are my answers and my pix! i had no idea how fun this would be :)

  71. Shirley Clark says:

    I left my reply here. I’m Reply #19.
    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.15

  72. Allison says:

    I know that I have heard the saying that “the one with the most fabrics when she dies wins”… but is it the same for thread too?!?

    posted here:
    http://campbellsoupdiary.blogspot.com/2010/07/show-us-your-stash-thread.html

  73. Em says:

    My selection includes colors I love or what had gone best with a certain project. I don’t always match the color perfectly. Contrast is fun! If a fabric has lots of colors, I usually just go with the one I like.
    I have gotten loads of advice on thread (ie: only use this brand, don’t use polyester mix etc) so I’m not really sure what is “right”.
    I recently have bought bigger spools of thread from a thread shop, simply because they were a really great price (like $6 a cone!) but probably not the best choice in terms of quality. so I will probably have them forever.
    Pic here:: (not the best lighting)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilymuldoon/4265029420/in/set-72157622993612645/
    Definitely looks like I have invested in thread so to speak! I just bought my first elastic thread yesterday that I am exciting to experiment w/ for shirring a dress!

  74. Latrilla says:

    Here is the link to my answers:

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18168#msg18168

  75. deborah says:

    after a long and frustrating period without a proper working machine, i purchased a janome and have since made it my project to rearrange my tiny sewing room. i bought an inexpensive (& half off) spool rack to hang ‘my huge stash of thread’ on the wall. what i realized once i got started was that most of my thread was old polyester yuck.

    answering your questions:

    i’ve been gradually buying spools of silk-finished cotton thread on a per-project basis.

    i do not necessarily always match ‘exactly,’ but i do try to match ‘perfectly’– that is, i select a color that contributes in a harmonious way to the end product. so, yes–sometimes contrasting thread. i generally do use the same color bobbin as upper thread. where there are big areas of different colors i would consider a subtly variegated thread, or use an intermediate color, unless i wanted the stitching to stand out. so far i have not bought thread out of love alone but once my stash of ‘good thread’ has grown, i can see myself doing this. i consider good thread a necessity — i’ve come to realize that if i am willing to pay a little more for high-quality fabric, it is a waste to sew it together with poor-quality thread. longevity of the final product is important to me. i have all-purpose cotton, some dual-duty, machine quilting, hand quilting, and one spool of green wool thread. i guess i bought the green wool thread on a whim.

    no photos at present; hope that isn’t a problem! i would LOVE to win some thread. i really could use it.

  76. Jules says:

    Hi, I’ve answered the questions on my blog, you can find the post here :)

    http://daisymadeit.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread.html

  77. Rebecca says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    * Right now I am fairly new to sewing so the thread that I own was purchased specifically for a project.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    * For print fabrics I try to match it to the base color. My stitches aren’t perfectly straight so I try and get them to blend in :-) Maybe when I am better at this I will get a little crazy.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    Not usually, but I love how it looks. It especially gives a little something to solid fabrics.

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    Yes

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I try and pick the color that contrasts the least.

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    Well, I have always worried more about color than type, so I am learning by doing.

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    My thread collection is puny and sad but I am working on it. No pics.

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    No

    Do you “invest” in thread?
    No

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    Mostly all purpose Gutermann (spelling?) I have a few spools of hand quilting I use mostly to sew on buttons. I have seen a couple of fun shirring projects lately so I think I will have to get some elastic thread and try it out.

  78. Lis Harwood says:

    This was fun, and an interesting exercise too. I’ve blogged about it and included some photos of my thread stash. Thanks for the giveaway.
    http://shiny4444.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread-stash-report.html

  79. Fawn says:

    I haven’t jumped into a ton of sewing yet:( I do a lot of cross-stitching so I have tons of floss built up over 20 yrs.
    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? Based on the projects I have lined up to make in the near future.
    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? I try but occasionally choose a contrasting thread
    Do you ever use contrasting thread? Yes but not frequently
    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? almost always
    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? I go with a neutral thread color of if the pattern consistently has white in it, I choose that.
    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? not really.
    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? I can’t sadly:( I don’t really have a thread collection
    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? no.
    Do you “invest” in thread? I invested in some machine quilting thread b/c of a quilt I’m currently working on.
    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) Quilting and mostly all purpose stuff.

  80. Jodi says:

    I linked and answered the questions on my blog!

  81. Rossie says:

    I bet I could win in the “smallest thread stash” category!
    Oh well, maybe that will be fixed by your lovely giveaway?

    http://r0ssie.blogspot.com/2010/07/thread.html

  82. Marci Girl says:

    Alright, let’s talk thread! I have a small collection that I store in DMC Floss Plastic cases, they fit (even the larger spools) perfectly in the slots, I can see through the lid to see my colors and it works perfect, I have two of these, and I was just given a gallon bag of thread that was saved from the dumpster! Yippie…recycling!

    When I am sewing clothes, I usually try to match the main color pretty closely. When I am sewing purses, I often do contrasting colors (I love the look!) If the project has large panels of different colors, I use the thread that I already own that matches it. I usually buy Coats and Clark dual purpose thread only because it is the easiest to find at our local stores. If I am sewing and my bobbin runs out, I will often just throw in a color that is close (especially if the seam will not show.) Then the next time I stop, I will wind more bobbin thread (which I HATE doing.) I have never really even thought about buying thread just because I like it, and I don’t have any favorites, I guess I am truly just utilitarian!

  83. Krystina says:

    I answered in the forums. I think this is the link: http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18165#msg18165

  84. maddie says:

    Oh baby… do I have thread…. 500+ spools to be exact.. I buy in bulk a couple times a year when it’s 1/2 price. You can read more about it here http://freshstitches.blogspot.com/2010/07/so-you-ask-about-thread.html

    Maddie

  85. Jess says:

    I’ve been so busy building my fabric stash that I have not focused on thread one bit. And I always get so excited to start sewing once I have a project in mind that I often just use whatever thread I have, even if I have nothing that matches. It’s had some pretty bad results, I’m afraid, and I definitely need to start being more thread-aware. Here are my answers:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    I have a multi-colour starter-set that my mom gave me some years ago, still using that, and then a few select spools that I DID buy for specific projects but which will likely never have a use again unless I revisit those exact fabrics.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    Nope!! But more out of laziness than purposefulness.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    Yep!! Again, mostly because I forget or am too lazy to go find some that matches. I am not a very good straight-line-sewer so it doesn’t look great. Must either start buying matching thread, or learn to sew straighter!

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    Not always – if the back fabric calls for something different. Though sometimes I get the tension wrong and then the wrong colour shows through a little…that’s no good.

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    I just pick whatever looks good (and/or is in my basket).

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    No – please give me some!

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    Not advisable. Nothing good to show. :)

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    No

    Do you “invest” in thread?
    No

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    Just regular cotton, and all-purpose.

    Enough from me! :) Good giveaway, thanks!
    J

  86. Ruth says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    **I buy what appeals to me and I always buy new thread for each project

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    **Depends on what I’m working on

    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    **Again, depends on what I’m working on. I do love a contrasting look though

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    **I’ve not tried using 2 different colors

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    **Makes the contrast even more interesting

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    **Buy what you like and always experiment with new thread on scrap fabrics to make sure your machine loves it as much as you do

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    **I would if I could. My thread stored in cigar boxes by color (I love thread almost as much as fabric)

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    **Absolutely

    Do you “invest” in thread?
    **Oh yeah

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    **Quilting and all purpose only

  87. Faith says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    ** It is really hard sometimes; there are so many pretty colors. Most thread I buy is because I need a certain color or because there is a sale on verigated thread. I love multicolored threads for quilting.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    ** Sometimes. It depends on the color and the project.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    ** Again, sometimes. It also depends on the project. Contrasting thread can be really fun.

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    ** Only about 20% of the time. I usually have a neutral color in the bobbin or something that matches the backing or contrasting with it.

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    ** Verigated thread is the best!! I love using a thread that changes colors as you use it. It is fun to see what the end results look like.

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    ** Just have fun with it.

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    ** I can’t. I wish I could. I have the coolest old thread holder that my husband found at a yardsale for me. I was so shocked he knew what it was. That was back when we were dating. Ha. I knew he was a keeper.

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    * Every once in a while.

    Do you “invest” in thread?
    ** Thread is usually the least of my concern. I usually buy what is better priced.

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    ** I have recently started usually elastic. I have fallen in love it. It is so much fun to use in clothing. It hides mistakes. :) I have all purpose and quilting threads as well. Fun fun fun.

  88. Tammy says:

    This sounds like fun! I will have to do this later, since it is a gloomy, rainy day here!

  89. Jenna says:

    I blogged about thread – with some additional tips on using metallic threads – here!

    http://howtobejenna.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/show-us-your-stash-thread/

  90. DarcyLee says:

    I have a pretty extensive thread collection since I inherited all of my grandma’s sewing supplies including her White Sewing Machine. Unfortunately, the thread is still in a box along with what I already had. Some of the thread is pretty vintage. I love the wooden spools! I try to match the thread to the fabric I am using but I use what I have and I’m learning that contrasting thread is a good thing :) So, I haven’t bought thread in a long time but I will if I have an unusual color of fabric to work with and I try to buy the best I can afford.

  91. Jessica says:

    I’m a thread junkie! Ever since I got my new embroidery/sewing machine for christmas my stash has grown to great amounts but I still need more. I normally buy gutermann because joanns here in town has a great selection and I can get the large amounts of colors I need. I usually select my colors via the “pretty” factor instead of what the design calls for because it’s my project and no law against experimenting. =) I normally use bobbin thread in my bobbin unless I’m quilting then it’s the same as the upper… it all depends on the project. My thread stash is in 3 big super satchel bin thingys that I picked up at joanns about 3 months ago and is full of quilting thread, elastic, cotton, polyester, little spools, big cones, and everything in between!

  92. Lisa says:

    I’m fairly new at sewing, but I’ll answer as best as I can:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection? – Lots of beige/off-white (for quilting), on those larger spools- tried to originally purchase a smattering of various colours on smaller spools.

    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project? – Pretty much.

    Do you ever use contrasting thread? – Not really, but you’ve planted the idea, so maybe soon!

    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread? – So far yes.

    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors? – For quilting, I’ve gone with the colour that is dominant in the fabric.

    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread? – For goodness sake, do NOT use your mother’s 30 year old thread! It fell apart (and was probably of low quality to begin with). I try to purchase quality thread – lots of cotton for quilting.

    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection? Currently it’s stored in two tupperware containers – larger one for cotton threads, and smaller one for poly threads. I’m trying to come up with a convenient way to store spools of thread with their corresponding bobbin (I always seem to have a lot of thread left on the bobbin!). I’m hoping someone has good ideas about storing thread.

    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)? Yes! I couldn’t resist buying a few variegated threads. I haven’t used them yet, but they are beautiful!

    Do you “invest” in thread? I try to purchase only quality thread.

    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.) Mostly cotton for quilting, but some poly for hemming.

  93. Jennifer says:

    Thread…. well I’m a beginner at this all so I’ve normally purchased thread to match a particular project. I am in love with Guetermann. Maybe because it’s German and I am too. I just like the way it feed through my machine. I’m not really creative enough to use different threads top and bobbin. I’ve recently used a clear mono ploy thread. It worked great on the project but I had a heck of a time winding it on the bobbin. Oh and pictures of thread haven’t done that yet, but it’s a good idea.

  94. Tong says:

    Posted my answers in the forum here http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.0 I’m reply #12!!

  95. elsa says:

    oh, my thread is in a box … I have 3 cats that LOVE to play with anything small and that rolls. Not nearly so pretty as this! would love to have it out to look at!

  96. Nikki says:

    I’m afraid my thread collection and choices are pretty haphazard :) I tend to forget what I have and tend to forget to buy matching thread, so I use whatever is on hand, whether it matches or contrasts :) I do, however, always buy Coats & Clark’s “Winter White” because it can pass as off-white or white and really goes with almost any quilting project. I also try to keep plenty of pinks on hand, since I have some little girls :)

  97. kim says:

    I’m a very beginner seamstress, so I have a very minor thread collection! I bought one off-white/natural color linen thread spool when I went to pick out my first fabrics to play with, and I’ve made my first two “real” projects (an apron and a tote bag) with the same thread. Just picked up some $.49 thread at IKEA because it was $.49. So, basically, I can answer “no” to all the questions above because I don’t know anything about thread yet.

  98. stephanie says:

    Here are my responses – thanks for a great giveaway! :)

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18159#msg18159

  99. Donna says:

    How did you select colors for your personal thread collection?
    ***Buy all of the pretty colors!***
    Do you always match the color perfectly to your project?
    ***No, I like the stitching to stand out on it’s own!
    Do you ever use contrasting thread?
    ***Yes!
    Do you use the same color in the bobbin as the upper thread?
    ***Not always! Depends on what I am doing!
    What if a fabric has big areas of very different colors?
    ***Verigated thread!
    Do you have any tips or suggestions about choosing thread?
    ***I always buy a good, quality thread-never cheap thread! You work hard on your projects and want a quality thread that holds up!
    Can you show us a picture(s) of your thread collection?
    ***Absolutely!
    Do you ever buy thread because you fall in love with the color (without a particular project in mind)?
    Do you “invest” in thread?
    What types of thread do you have? (elastic, quilting, all-purpose, wool, etc.)
    ***Quilting, Cotton, All Purpose, Silk, Water Soluable, Invisible

  100. Lina says:

    Wish I had a pretty picture to share but my stash is not so elegantly arranged in Ziploc bags according to color. It may not be attractive but it works. Fortunately I inherited my mom’s extensive thread collection (don’t worry; she’s not dead, just retired from sewing now that her kids are all grown up) so it’s very rare that I have to buy thread to match a particular project. That said, when JoAnn is having a fantastic 50% off thread sale plus a 10% off coupon I usually stock up on versatile colors like white, black, and navy. I tend to match my thread to the fabric but if the bobbin thread won’t be visible I’ll sometimes use one of those basic colors so I don’t use up all of my uniquely colored thread. I have gotten brave enough to start using contrasting thread for a little added oomph. In fact, I just made myself a fun reversible apron using a crazy combination of aqua, black and white, and purple fabric. I topstitched around the skirt using bright purple thread to match the accent bands. You can see it on my blog here:
    http://sourkrautkrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/wondrous-weekend.html

  101. Lynn Osborne says:

    I am just recently gaining a deeper appreciation for thread. I used to use anything that was the right color without any consideration for whether it was cotton, poly, rayon, etc. I certainly never thought about the age or weight either. I took a class on free motion quilting and was shocked about the amount of attention paid to type of thread to use so now I am much more attuned to that. My favorite notion is little plastic bobbin holders that stick down into the spool thread. It keeps the bobbin with the original spool from which the bobbin thread was wound. Thanks for the chance to win.

  102. Terriaw says:

    My thread stash doesn’t seem very impressive, so this makes me want to upgrade!

  103. Jacqui says:

    I buy thread specifically for projects, although I do have the basics in stock all the time – white, black, ecru, navy, grey and brown. And pink now that I have a 5 year old daughter!

    I do try to match colours although it can be impossible with some fabrics which drives me to distraction! I often end up buying a new spool of a colour I already have because I get thread to match fabric when I buy it.

    I don’t often use contrasting thread because any imperfections in your sewing are glaringly obvious! My top-stitching is actually pretty good but who needs the added performance stress? Plus I grew up in the 70s and have been traumatised by obvious stitching on clothes.

    I tend to use the same colour top and bottom unless I’m sewing different colour fabrics top and bottom, then I try and match them it the seam will show. Such a pain trying to keep one thread showing through on the other side though.

    I’m a bit at sea with this one as I’m new to quilting. So far I try and find a thread that suits all the colours, though more closely matched to the predominant colour. For soft toys where the thread might show when the seams are under pressure I’ll often stop and change thread to match the fabric. Which is a pain!

    No photos – my thread is stored away in an old ANZAC biscuit tin, nothing to be proud of!

    No I don’t buy thread because I love the colour of it (why not when I do with fabric? A mystery) and no I don’t invest.

    I always buy poly-cotton thread, although after reading lots of quilting blogs I’d probably buy pure cotton for any future quilts. I think I might have a couple spools of button-hole thread and have inadvertently bought pure cotton before. Oh and a large spool of gold metallic machine embroidery thread, even though I don’t have an embroidery machine. Ok, now I feel a bit slack and unquestioning about my thread purchases!

  104. Rebmara says:

    I’m fairly new to sewing, so I don’t have a big stash yet :( I make sure to have enough stash in neutral colors and if I find a color for sale somewhere, I buy it (since there are no fabric stores around, that’s not often)

  105. Johanna says:

    I just posted my answers. They can be found here: http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?topic=3673.msg18153#msg18153
    And sorry, I don’t have pictures of my thread, the spools are too ugly to show :(

  106. PeachRainbow says:

    I am not sure how to post the link – hope this is o.k

    http://sewmamasew.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=36296;sa=showPosts

    Mine is the Reply #2 in the thread.

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