Free Fabric Friday

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We hope you’ve been following all the fantastic tutorials in our Ready,Set,Go! series this month! Remember that you can comment in any post this week for a chance to win some fabulous books.

If you’d like a chance to win a yard of beautiful fabric, share your thoughts about thread in the comments. Do you stick with a certain brand? Don’t really have a preference? Only use white? Meticulously match to your fabric? We’re interested in your habits and preferences! We’ll select 5 people to win a yard on Monday.

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246 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Alyric says:

    I love to use 100% cotton. Most of the things I do is make clothing or patch of my clothing with new fabrics. Trying to make it look brand new again. I like to mix and match my fabrics, hey I’m young I like things that are unique. I don’t neccessarly try to find a “good” brand, because every brand has a uniqueness about it. When I look for fabrics I search for quality ,texture and looks. I usually get vintage fabrics past down from generations that I know no one will have. By the ways this fabric is gorgeous. :)

  2. LeGwen says:

    I usually buy a good brand, but it has to be “on sale”. I love Gutermann or Madiera but sometimes just ole’ Coats and Clark is fine, too.

  3. Angie says:

    I like Connecting Threads because it’s inexpensive, strong, and my machine seems to like it.

  4. Judith says:

    I always use a good 100% cotton that is not too thick for piecing and a good silk for my needleturn applique.
    Now that all non-synthetic fibers are getting so expensive, I’ve been stocking up whenever I see a sale. I wonder how expensive regular quilting cottons and thread will be a year from now??

  5. jen says:

    I am not a brand specific person… but I do match thread to fabri particularly for topstitching and seen thread (just in case my stitching isn’t perfect)

  6. Kristin M says:

    I use neutrals in my piecing, gray, off white, tan etc. For quilting I use a color that blends with the fabrics. I don’t usually want matchy matchy. I have a couple of brands that I prefer, Mettler, Aurifil and a couple of others.

  7. Britney says:

    I use Gütermann 100% polyester for all my projects. I find it stronger that the other thread I have used and rarely breaks on me. Every time I buy new fabric I find the best matching thread to go with it.

  8. Brenda says:

    I use Aurifil, light gray, for hand piecing and King Tut for machine quilting. I really like the King Tut variegated color thread when quilting. I try to match a spool with most of the colors in my quilt.

  9. Sara says:

    I love using Coats white thread. Most of the time I don’t need to match the thread to the project as I tend to use light colored fabrics.

  10. Carrie E. says:

    Good quality is the key. I used thread by Coats & Clark for a twin size quilt and the amount of lint was astounding… Lint blobs started coming back up with my bobbin thread. Ugh!. My machine does better with Mettler and Guterman.

  11. Ramona says:

    I have always used Coats and Clark cotton thread. I started to learn free motion quilting this past summer and have started playing with different weight and brands of threads. I have really learned a lot and still have quite a few threads I would like to try. Just bought Aurifil for the first time today. Really like quilting with silk thread. I don’t always match, it just depends on what effect I’m looking for.

    I have started piecing and sewing garments with Metrozene.

    When sewing garments I match thread almost always.

  12. Susan says:

    I’m very picky about my thread I like yli silk, superior thread and wonderfil.

  13. Bryn says:

    I tend to use a range of natural colour thread, off whites from un-died cotton or linnen grey, you can never go wrong with natural fibres! On occasion when top stitching or embroidering, I will use a variegated rainbow thread. I don’t have a particular brand preference, although I try to find good quality thread for a great value.

  14. Marita says:

    I like Gutterman, but I usually buy what matches and I do change the colors, so I have too many spools that never get used.

  15. Allison says:

    Since I’m stuck @ home because of a disability, I’ve been looking into new “projects” to occupy my time an came across this website & love it! Since money is something I have to manage very closely, I will be able to “re-purpose” so many things now to decorate my home! Since I’m pretty new to sewing projects I have no preferences but my style in general is anything retro…oh yeah, and the bolder & brighter the better!!

  16. mims says:

    i love aurafil (sp?) thread and notice that these’s a lot less lint around the bobin case when i use that, but for everything but quilting, i’ll use whatever thread i have on hand in the right color.

  17. kelli says:

    For me it depends on the situation…for piecing something for myself at the house, I’ll use whatever’s handy. For bees, I always use color-matching thread and I actually like Connecting Threads cotton thread.

  18. Alicia says:

    I don’t have a brand preference really. But I do love contrasting thread and fabric. I will match it on occasion, depending on the project.

  19. Erin says:

    I usually go with polyester thread and try to match the colour as closely as possible. Sometimes I choose a contrasting colour for topstitching.

    I mostly use Guterman.

  20. Debbie Cameron says:

    I love Guterman and Mettler and I always colour match or contrast my thread. I love using neon colours on my boys clothes, just for something different :-)

  21. Jolien says:

    I have a few sets with different colors and I always start with checking the most simular color and if there’s no such thing, than at least a matching before I grab a black or white thread.

  22. Bella says:

    Im not particular about brand, but I like my thread to coordinate with the fabric. It doesn’t have to match but more has to go with the fabri if that makes sense!

  23. Kimberly says:

    I use Gutermann for all of my projects! Love it!

  24. Andee in AZ says:

    I buy from Connecting Threads and prefer the neutral..grey usually!

  25. Elizabeth says:

    My machine seems to like King Tut and Aurifil so I stick to them. I’m still building my thread stash for quilting purposes. For piecing I use off white or a pale gray almost exclusively. Seems to work for me. :)

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  26. Sarah says:

    I like to use beige gutermann on all my quilt assembly:)

  27. Tamie says:

    I am not brand specific- yet but have heard that Aurifil may change my mind. I tend to stick to a medium grey that blends with most things.

  28. Olga Becker says:

    I mostly use Guterman, 100% polyester.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I like Gutterman and Coats and Clark for standard sewing because they’re economical and sturdy. When I’m using my embroidery unit, I’ve found that I HATE the rayon embroidery thread! All it does is break and cause problems. So for embroidery, it’s poly embroidery thread all the way, usually Sulky or Robison-Anton.

  30. Allison C says:

    I use Gutterman because I can get it on sale at Joann’s. It seems to do the trick, but honestly I haven’t tried anything else to compare it to.

  31. carole says:

    I have started to only use Mettler, but my Bernina Dealers, Karen and Jonathan Hanken, are also recommending Fiorani so next time I’m in I’m going to give that a try doo. Karen makes award-winning art quilts so I do what she says! I do favor a nice creamy cream for almost all my piecing and craft projects but I match the fabric for clothes and topstitching.

  32. Barb@Witsend says:

    I used to use only Gutermann thread and I matched it to each project. Then I learned to use beige or grey thread to piece with. I changed from Gutermann to an Egyptian cotton by Wonderfil (confetti) when a teacher showed it to me. I tried it and I use it all the time now. I use Sulky when I am doing decorative work for shiny or metallic threads. Recently we had a demo of Floriani at my local quilt shop and we got samples. I am enjoying using the Floriani because it is shiny and has less fluff left over in my machine.
    Barb@Witsend

  33. katie says:

    I am very new to sewing. My Mom just handed down her machine and all her goodies. I’m still using up her stock, so I haven’t had the chance to buy my own thread. I love the bright colored thread though.

  34. Joy says:

    I am too new to sewing to gravitate towards a particular brand. I usually buy what is on sale. I do match my thread color to my fabric when topstitching. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Elisabet says:

    I try to use thicker threads when quilting for maximum effect. Otherwise I try to get as much yardage as possible in the bobins I buy. I hate running out of thread!

  36. Lorrie says:

    I use Gutermann for all my sewing. For garments I match as closely as possible. For quilts and crafts I use white, gray or beige for lighter fabrics, and dark gray/black for the darks.

  37. lynaeve says:

    I like to cut alot of corners. My thread matches usually in the general color. but its not perfect.

  38. Fenna says:

    I match as often as possible. I usually use Guttermann or Coats & Clark–mostly because that is what I can get!

  39. Katy says:

    I only took up sewing last year and do it all by hand, so haven’t completed much yet. Until very recently, it was all sewn with an off-white Coats 100% cotton, however I just bought a variegated Aurifil to hand quilt a present for my soon-to-be-niece and I’m loving how smooth it is.

  40. PennyDog says:

    I’m naughty and only ever use Gutermann Ecru (414) unless it’s something special- or predominantly black, which hardly ever happens. I’m having trouble with Gutermann fraying at the minute when quilting though so I’m dabbling in Aurifil. I’m currently thread sketching though so I am going out of my usual comfort zone and using a few different shades…

  41. Gunilla says:

    I usually use white alot for piecing. And I also try to match colors, when quilting! Gutermann is the thread that I use, tried cheaper ones but just got frustrated as they broke!

  42. Nancy says:

    I just started my first official sewing project and I’m so excited! Half the fun was going to the fabric store and choosing all my supplies. There are so many beautiful colors and fabrics, which makes the choice so difficult. For my thread I chose Gutermann in a perfectly coordinating color, since for my first project I thought it wise to hide my stitching as much as possible.

  43. Sydnie says:

    For me, it depends on what I’m sewing. If I’m doing clothes, bags, accessories… I try to match thread where possible. In some cases, I’ll pick a fun contrasting color for top-stitching though. In quilt piecing, I use a neutral – off-white or gray. I don’t really have a brand preference… I have quite a collection of different threads, including lots of spools I inherited from my grandmothers (old-school wooden spools!! Love!).

  44. sharmie says:

    i like to use contrasting colours on bags and other small items. I generally use white or black for bigger projects, but i am starting to match them…

  45. Christina says:

    I use C&C or Gutermann. I have never used the wonderful-sounding Aurifil. I finally used a color other than white on my last project and it was fun! I might need to keep branching out!

  46. mary says:

    I’m a bit lazy with thread, I get through a lot of gutermann white polyester but sew a lot with vintage sheets so it works well. I have a couple of sample packs of aurifil that I’ve not yet opened. When I remember I do try and match to fabric and I have a lot of reels but not always the right colour and I can’t wait until I have time to get to the fabric store so make do with what I have.

  47. inkystitches says:

    I try to match as best I can, though I keep lots of white, black and grey on hand at all times. Especially for inside stitches that no one will see – I don’t like to waste colour thread there.

    And I pretty much stick to Gutterman. Have tried cheaper thread a few times and it seems to cause my machine to jam up, all the threads getting tangled, twisted and frayed.

  48. I only use Gutermann. I use a lot of white, but always have a big stock of different colors.

  49. Amy says:

    I have a box of various colors of thread that I inherited from my husband’s grandmother. I love having all the variety so I can match my projects!

  50. Rebecca says:

    gutermann is my favorite.

  51. elsa says:

    I mostly use white to sew, but if I’m doing top stitching, I like to try to match the fabric. I really don’t have a preference of which thread I use, except I do like cotton and for putting a quilt together I like to use Aurifil.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Debbie H says:

    I like to match if possible. thanks!

  53. I hear stories about thread that doesn’t knot or tangle when hand sewing… Does it exist?

  54. Karen H says:

    For machine piecing, I use Aurifil threads in the 3 neutral colors. Off white, grey, and Black. For hand applique, I use YLI Silk threads. Thank you for offering the giveaway. My email is khauglan at yahoo dot com

  55. Jennyroo says:

    I piece my quilts with either white (for lighter fabrics) or dark brown (for darker fabrics). I always try to quilt with a darker complementary shade of thread so it stands out a bit.

  56. Cokie K says:

    For piecing, I use anything and everything. No color preference. For FMQ, I use polyester thread of a color that goes with my quilt. Polyester doesn’t break as easily. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. Linda DiVall says:

    I use Mettler silk finish for piecing and quilting. I use gray for piecing—-it seems to blend it with any color.

  58. Nina says:

    I mostly use the polyester threads that came as a freebie with my machine – huge spools in 50 different colours! But when I buy thread, I choose Scanfil 100% organic cotton. It comes on spools made of reclaimed wood, with no plastic wrapping, and it’s no more expensive than Gutermann.

  59. Anne says:

    I do try to match thread to the fabric. Don’t use any particular brand, just good quality such as Guterman or Coats and Clark. Recently got some Aurifil and looking forward to trying it.

  60. Kim says:

    I use Mettler- try to match color but a lot of the time it depends on what is already on the machine and how much a hurry I am in. Sometimes I have to hide my thread- tends to disappear.

  61. Jessica says:

    Since I’m a new sewer I use whatever I have and only meticulously match for gifts! However since my straight
    lines are still being practiced, is there such a thing as invisible thread? Does it work through any fabric if it does indeed exist?

  62. Christine Bolin says:

    I try to match colors. I use Gutterman thread mostly. It works well in my machine.

  63. Nancy says:

    I use Aurifil in neutral colors for piecing, but I’m also going to try Masterpiece by Superior threads. I love Superior’s King Tut for machine quilting. It’s fun to have lots of different threads to try.

  64. neutral cotton for piecing and Mettler polysheen for machine applique.

  65. Galatina says:

    I like to match to the fabric. Not at all fussy on brand though – after a few years of living rurally and not having access to a great range, I’m now glad for what I can get.

  66. Rebecca Pettis says:

    Well I tend to use lots of white. My mil is trying to change that.

  67. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love Gutermann thread. I got a present of a box of 48 spools, so I won’t need to buy anymore thread for ages! :)

  68. I think I need to learn about the thread. I like to use cotton, because I think it’s natural. I have a lot of polyester threads from my mom’s collection, which I don’t use because I think they may disintegrate one day. I think it’s time to read about thread.

  69. Robin Lemke says:

    I like to use white. ;) I’m still working on my favorite brand…

  70. Aida says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever used white thread for any project, just for a muslin! I like my thread to either match perfectly or to pop out in contrast, and I tend to stick to Gutermann

  71. DChavez says:

    I stick with COATS & CLARK because I’ve noticed other brands tend to get stuck in the machine and bunch up the fabric. I also try to meticulously match the thread to the fabric. If I can’t find the color I’m looking for, however, I usually use white.

  72. bruinbr says:

    I pretty much stick to the neutrals – cream, beige, white, and gray. I’ve used mainly Gutermann and Coats & Clark, but am now an Aurifil convert.

  73. Michelle says:

    i’m not brand loyal when it comes to thread. I do like to match the color as best as possible.

  74. Jane S. says:

    For quilt sewing I usually use either a tan color (for lighter fabrics) or a grey (for darker fabrics). Those colors seem to work with any color fabric and don’t stand out as being either too light or too dark.

    When doing the actual quilting I do tend to try and find something color specific to the fabrics.

    When sewing garments I always match the fabric and thread. I don’t know why, that’s the way I learned how to sew, I guess!

  75. Caitlin says:

    I use gutter an mostly because it is most regularly on sale at Joann’s :) I generally try to match but if you can’t see it, imwon’t stress it.

  76. Beezus says:

    Depends on what I’m sewing if I match the thread or stick with white. For anything that I sew quilt-related, I generally stick with Aurifil. I have really fallen in love with it. But for clothing, I usually go with a Coats and Clark because those threads are more suited to the wear and tear of garments. ;)

  77. Jan says:

    I definitely like to match my thread! I use a lot of Coats and Clark because my local fabric shop carries it in more colors but I will pay more for another brand if I can get a better match.

  78. Jennie P. says:

    I really like Aurifil. It’s so smooth, but I’m not averse to trying out other brands.

  79. Kim T. says:

    I’m a beginner, so right now it’s just white.

  80. Christine M says:

    I usually try to match my thread with the fabric I am using. The threads I mainly use are Gutermann.

  81. Maegan says:

    I really like to match thread as much as possible, and while I used to be a diehard Coats & Clark girl, I really like Gutermann now as well. Another thread I love for buttons and heavy-duty sewing is Hy-Mark. It’s getting harder to find in different colors now, but it’s my very favorite for buttons.

  82. Sabrina says:

    I have only used Coats & Clark and seem to favor cream thread for most projects. I do have a spool of Guterman I hope to try soon.

  83. Diana says:

    Mettler is the brand I always gravitate toward. It was recommended by my dealer and seems to have the least problems in my Pfaff. For general sewing, I always trying match the thread color. For quilting, I stick with tan or gray. For embroidery, I keep a wide range of colors on hand in Poly Sheen and Silk thread. Just never know what color you might know.

  84. Genevieve says:

    I’m a coats and clark girl mostly. I like to white, light grey and black on hand. The grey goes good with most colors I find.

    Genevieve

  85. TexPat says:

    Having made clothing for 50+ years, I’m used to matching thread to the fabric. I’m trying to break that habit with my quilting! I love all the colors and thread types available…especially the varigated and enjoy trying them all out!

  86. Marie says:

    I like Aurifil but not all stores carry it. I use a lot of Gutermann otherwise. I like to coordinate my thread with my project. I guess I’d like to know more about differences between polyester versus cotton. I think I prefer cotton.

  87. Kathy says:

    I tend to get thrift store thread and use that for “regular” sewing. But if there’s a specific/special project or I need a particular color I usually buy Guterman thread.

  88. Jbsews says:

    I grew up using Coats n Clark, but I am open to using others.

  89. Marya says:

    I like Gutermann thread thes best.

  90. Margaret says:

    I learned today that I prefer 100% cotton thread for piecing. I used a Guterman polyester thread, and when I ironed my pieces, it melted and when it cooled, it broke. Never again.

  91. Gigi says:

    I like gutermann and I like matching my thread with my fabric.

  92. Virna says:

    I try to match my thread with the fabric especially when the thread can be seen.

  93. nikki says:

    I usually use white or cream thread. I have been thinkin bout tryin to be brave and jse color color for my quilting. But there are so many options. How to choose.

  94. Ginger says:

    I match my thread color to my projects, unless I’m quilting and then I use a neutral color. I like Mettler thread the best and Connecting Threads or Gutterman second. I hate cheap thread.

  95. Anna says:

    Gutermann. When I bought my sewing machine in high school, the saleswoman had me pick a spool so she could teach me how to thread the machine there in the store, and they were all Gutermann threads. Since then I’ve used Gutermann spools so much that I can gauge by sight how long I’ve got till that spool is empty!

    For small projects, I almost always buy a matching color (usually 100m), but I do keep the 1000m spools of black and white around. And for my serger, I have black, greys, off-whites, and white. It gets the job done.

  96. Laurie says:

    I like to match my fabric, so I am guilty of a large thread stash. I do tend to gravitate toward similar colorways in my fabric choices, though, so I often already have the right color thread on hand.

  97. Lucie says:

    I absolutely love Gutterman. I am very loyal to the brand because my machine seems to like it. I tend to sew with medium gray. It just blends in nicely.

  98. Therese says:

    I like Mettler white, black, and gray when it doesn’t show. King Tut variegated when it does. And, any metallic for extra detail!

  99. angelina says:

    i like the german threads, thank you!

  100. AP says:

    Thread. Hmmm. Depends on what I’m sewing. Although, as the crazy-color thread remnants pile up, I think sticking with some basic colors (off-white, white, blue, black) might be the way to go when sewing. Afterall, how often are you going to sew with that bright orange or turquoise thread you bought for one particular project?

  101. Janice Martin says:

    For piecing I use white or beige cotton thread. For quilting I am partial to using a variegated thread that matches the fabric, this too is usually cotton. I am just now learning free-motion, so am exploring different types of thread.

  102. MissMary says:

    I don’t have a big preference – pragmatics and budget determine my choice.

  103. Glenys says:

    No I don’t have any preference. But I do like embroidery threads cause they are very shiny!

  104. Leela says:

    For solids, I tend to match thread or just use white. When it comes to prints, I like to have fun and use a coordinating color from the print – not necessarily the dominant color. In the fabric in this post I would totally match some cute pink thread for any topstitching.

  105. kathyh says:

    I’ve been exploring Aurofil threads lately and loving them.
    I tend to use whatever is in the machine for as long as I can get away with not changing the color or the bobbin runs out.
    If I’m buying I stick to the neutrals- white, black, off-white, brown, red.
    Those five go with about everything and top-stitching in a different color is all the rage right now. (3 cheers for laziness)

  106. Jenelle says:

    When piecing quilts, I always stick to a neutral. White for light colored fabrics and grey for medium to dark. With quilting I tend to be much more adventurous because these stitches have more of a decorative quality. Right now I am quilting a rainbow colored quilt using a variegated yellow thread. While I switch up my colors frequently and also the brands I use (Aurifil, Mettler, and Gutterman mainly) the one thing that tends to stay constant is that I prefer all cotton thread. Thanks for the chance!

  107. Renae says:

    When putting a quilt top together I don’t worry so much about what color I use; however, when sewing clothing I do. The brand isn’t such a big deal to me although it is usually Coats & Clark or Gutermann.

  108. Tiara says:

    I love aurifill. I used to be a mettler girl but I definitely get less snagging and better integration into the fabric!

  109. kimberly says:

    And by Colorado I mean color. No idea why my tablet auto corrects that….

  110. kimberly says:

    More often than not, I use something from my existing stash and try to match Colorado as close as I can. If I REALLY want a specific color I will generally buy whatever brand matches best. I have one brand I wont buy even if it is the best match…although I think it is more of an incompatibility with my machine than an issue with the thread.

  111. M Evans says:

    I tend to go neutral with my threads, things that will blend well. For brands, I stick to gutterman or aurifil usually, but in a pinch, I’m not too picky.

  112. Trish says:

    When I started sewing (again) a few years ago, I usually picked up whatever thread was on sale and didn’t pay too much attention to it – typically white thread. Recently, I have been looking for cotton thread and if I plan on making a quilt, I look for machine quilting cotton thread. I also try to coordinate the thread color with the fabric, depending on what I am making. And sometimes I will contrast colors too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  113. LauraH says:

    I do like good quality thread of course, but I don’t stick with just one brand. I really like to match my material perfectly! Maybe that’s why I don’t stick with just one brand! Lol!

  114. Morgan says:

    I like Gutermann and, out of pure laziness, tend to stick with black, white, or tan.

  115. Emily T says:

    I like to have a contrasting color thread that pops when I quilt.

  116. Lynn says:

    I use a light gray cotton thread for piecing- no particular brand. Thanks for the chance.

  117. Erica says:

    I am not particular about brand and I tend not to worry about matching colors on most things. My machine is almost always threaded with white and occasionally I change it to black or navy if I am sewing a dark color. The one exception is red, it is to dark for white but not dark enough for black so I always try to use red thread when sewing something red.

  118. Jennifer says:

    I tend to use what I have available! I usually use one designer remnant and then repurposed denim or other fabric. I like the Alexander Henry prints a lot.

  119. Nicole says:

    I use mostly Gutermann or Mettler thread (depending on where I’m shopping)–they’re just higher quality and don’t pill up or fray as much as other brands. I do like to match thread for apparel sewing, but for household projects, I typically just use white or ecru.

  120. Karen A says:

    I just use what I can get at my local fabric store. I’ve never had an issue with thread, but I would like to try some other brands.

  121. Charissa G says:

    I don’t sew a whole lot, so I buy whatever is on sale/cheaper :)

  122. Dayna says:

    I usually use Gutermann, but I still have a lot of Coats & Clark left. I enjoy using lots of colors, so I’ve been adding to my collection. Recently, I inherited my grandmother’s sewing basket. I love seeing all of the vintage labels on her sewing notions. Most of them are probably from my childhood, as she spent her latter years crocheting, rather than sewing. I can’t decide whether to use her old thread or just keep it for the rest of my days.

  123. Jocelyn says:

    I do tend to use a neutral thread. I mostly use white, beige, or black. I’ve never had any problem with the color.

  124. Patsy Booher says:

    I mostly use an off-white thread for projects. If the project is using dark fabrics, sometimes I’ll use a dark grey thread or black.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  125. Jyana says:

    Meticulously match! I love color, so the color has to be just right!

  126. Larissa says:

    I try to match thread color to fabric color, and god knows I have a zillion spools of thread in all different colors. But when I’m doing one thing right after another, it’s hard not to get lazy about it.

  127. Paula says:

    I love Aurifil for piecing and Superior King Tut varigateds for most of my quilting. They give off the least lint and go through my machine beautifully. Thank you!

  128. Mahoo says:

    I’ve had nasty luck with that regular thread from the chain stores (you know,,,,the “C” one).Whilst sewing my grandbaby’s first quilt, I’m sure I didn’t sew more that 18 inches at a time before the thread would snap (not my machine–I finally figured out it was a bad spool!). Now I stick to higher end brands. Thanks for the chance to win.

  129. DeniseMarie says:

    I don’t really have a preference – I feel like I should, but I’m sort of a beginner sewer, maybe I haven’t had enough experience yet. I just choose whatever most closely matches the color I want.

  130. Amy G. says:

    I don’t really have a preference for thread. I use whatever I already have!

  131. Jenni says:

    I do like Gutermanns thread as it seems not to lint up too much. Though, I’ll only buy it when it’s on sale, then stock up on just black and white. For odd projects, I’ll just use either white or black thread, but if I’m working a clothing project, I’ll make sure the thread is the same color or 1/2 shade darker.

  132. Kristin H says:

    I try to match thread fairly well to my fabric, particularly on garments. However, there are times when I just give up and go with white thread.

  133. Pat S says:

    Other than quilting, I try to match my thread to the project.

  134. Paula says:

    I only use good thread whether seeing be hand or machine. Favorite is Superior!

  135. Christie says:

    I use anything I can find from secondhand shops, people donate the most beautiful fabrics! I especially love to find corduroy though, it’s my favourite!

  136. Shannon says:

    I do not really have a thread preference-I buy what is on sale and try to match with the colors I have on hand at the time! Thank you for the chance to win.

  137. Wendy says:

    I usually use guttermann or the other brand that’s usually at the fabric store (can’t remember the name). I try to always match my fabric and thread, but lately I’ve been having fun playIng around with contrasting topstitching.

  138. Beulah says:

    Currently I am trying to use up all of the thread laying around the sewing room. A collection of threads given to me by folks who are no longer sewing. I am finding I do have brands I do not like and there are those I wish I had a warehouse full! Yes, I am using old thread…I just can’t throw thread away and until I can think of something else to use it for, I will continue to do so. As to colors….I love using matching threads, at other times I enjoy the high contrast especially when I am topstitching.

  139. I tend to use mainly white unless I happen to have a matching color in my stash. I am not particular to brand, but I end up using coats&clark quite frequently since it is not too expensive.

  140. LindaC says:

    I use a beige machine quilting thread from coats for all my piecing

  141. Sewing princess says:

    I always match color…except for my serger threads where I only have 3 colors. I normally use polyester thread. I don’t use the same brand all the time. Fingers crossed

  142. Rebecca says:

    I prefer Aurifil, a neutral color is nice for piecingbbut I like something with a punch for quilting. Such as an accent color in my fabric choices…love that!

  143. Sara says:

    I’m horrible about thread color. I tend to use whatever I’ve got when it comes to piecing. But I will match, perfectly when possible, if the stitches will be seen.

  144. Kate F. says:

    I try to make sure that I am using the same thread in the top of my machine and the bobbin, but other than that it’s a hodge podge. I mainly use Gutterman, and occasionally Mettler. I use LOTS of white, but colors, too. Especially for top stitching and quilting.

  145. vilma hildebrand says:

    Hi,
    I usually use Gutterman syntetic. My machine loves it so i love it, too. I often use tread as a decoravite touch on fabric- both matching and contrasting collor.

  146. Suzanne says:

    I meticulously match the the fabric, and use Gutermann

  147. Sumi says:

    I usually try to match my thread pretty exactly to my fabric, but I have been admiring the nulti-color thread from Coats & Clark so I think my next project that calls for a solid color fabric, I will try a multi-color thread for decorative stitching.

  148. M says:

    I dont have any preference to any brand, I just usually choose my thread based on the colour that appeals to me the most:)

  149. Liz says:

    I generally match to my fabric, and I almost always use Gutermann thread. Sometimes Sulky. I try to avoid Coats & Clark as I was told by a sewing machine tech or two that it’s of lower quality and leaves more sheddings within the machine.

  150. amy says:

    I’m mostly a Gutermann and Aurifil kinda sewist. Generally I use a lot of neutrals (gray, beige, ivory) but rarely bright white. For quilting I use colors that complement and once some variegated that ended up looking quite amazing.

  151. I mostly use Guterman because it just feels a little stronger and I like the range of colors. Pale gray is my go-to neutral, and I love sewing projects that can benefit from a little contrast stitching. Turquoise on charcoal and peacock blue on navy are two of my favorite combinations.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  152. Norma says:

    I use Clarks and Coats and always match my fabric and thread.

  153. Brenda says:

    I use Aurifil for piecing and quilting on my Juki and find it works the best. When I sew on my Singer Featherweight, I use stronger thread like Coats. thanks for the chance to win.

  154. Pat says:

    I usually use white.

  155. Rachel B says:

    At first I tried to use any thread I could find. Then, I got some samples from various companies. I do think Gutermann is good but recently I learned that Superior has a great fine-weight thread that is 100% cotton and is great for piecing. For hand-quilting I want a glazed cotton and for machine quilting I want a high quality all cotton.

  156. wendy says:

    I generally use Mettler or Guterman thread… For quilting, I love to have huge spools of white, off-white, black, dark and light grey, and dark and light beige. Then every option is basically covered. For clothing, I match meticulously.

  157. Carmen says:

    I try and match or get close to my fabric color. I don’t really have a brand preference. I live in a rural area, so I get what I can find.

  158. ciuccmama says:

    I have no brand preference, but I generally use white thread on all of my projects unless I’m using dark material AND the stitching might be visible…then I’ll use black or another dark color that is appropriate.

  159. christina says:

    I tend to buy the thread that matches my fabric (unless I can get away with a spool of white, gray or black that I already have). We don’t have much selection in my small town and buying online isn’t cost effective for something like thread so I’m limited to Coats & Clark or Gutermann.

  160. Jeanne says:

    I use mostly Aurafil thread in an ecru color. I will change to match the fabric if I’m top stitching an item. My favorite thread was YLI Select, but it’s too difficult to find in shops.

  161. When I got my new Janome sewing machine a couple of years ago I switched from C&C to gutterman poly thread. there probably really isn’t any difference between those two particular brands as my machine handles both threads just fine, but gutterman seemed a bit more classy and I wanted to use good stuff in my new sewing machine ;) And I do definitely like my thread to be matchy-matchy with my fabric(s).

  162. Sandy says:

    Honestly, I don’t see much difference in any of the name brands so I buy what’s on sale. I try to match as closely as possible if any of the thread will show, otherwise I stick with white or dark gray.

  163. Lainie says:

    I usually lean towards Gutermann for thread. I use white or black for general sewing. But if I’m making something, especially a garment, and adding special details, I like to match the top thread but I use something unexpected, like orange, for the bobbin.

  164. Jen V says:

    I have to admit that I don’t have any rules about brands. I kind of grab whatever is nearby. I have a lot of Gutterman on my thread rack because I can score it cheaply but when I need something quick, I grab a fancy spool at the nearby quilt shop. I do like to finish things with some Sulky thread but I don’t always splurge. I’m curious what wisdom others have to share!

  165. carolee c. says:

    I usually try to match my fabric, and there isn’t any particular brand I use!

  166. Jessi says:

    I really love the cotton threads by Gutermann, but they don’t flow smoothly through my 30+ year old machine, so I tend to buy the poly blend coats and clark which do work.

  167. CJ says:

    I use 100% cotton Gutermann thread in grey, black, white, and off-white. I try to match the neutral as close as possible to the majority of the fabrics I’m using in a particular quilt. I’ve heard that the cotton thread makes more lint so I try to clean my machine after each project.

  168. Kristin says:

    My favorite thread is the Guterman thread, but I don’t exclusively use it. I like coordinating the thread with my fabric, but it doesn’t have to match. I can be lazy too; if what’s already threaded on my machine can work, I’ll use it!

  169. Becky says:

    I have just started using white backgrounds in my quilt, and I must say – I am totally enamored now. I love the bright and clean look it projects and have made 3 quilts already this year, using Anna Maria Horner, Deynse Schmidt and Dena Fishbein fabrics. Love sewing with white!

  170. jessicac says:

    I am not picky at all about the thread I use, I usually try to match to the fabric if its going to show on both sides, if only one side is visible, I use whatever is lying around!

  171. Chris says:

    I usually use white and any brand name is good for me! thank you.

  172. Colleen says:

    I love Guetterman thread but have some Auriful to try. I like matching perfectly when sewing clothes but with quilts contrast colors look nice sometimes. thanks!

  173. Taysha Riggs says:

    cheap is best! (for me)

  174. Ruth says:

    I try to match my thread to the fabric but don’t stress out about it too much.

  175. Emily says:

    I play pretty fast and loose with my thread choices. Color is on whim, but I do avoid certain brands. I just recently bought my first spool or Aurafil rainbow varigated, excited to try quilting with it!

  176. Diane W says:

    Love Aurifil, but have some Connecting Threads that I bought when it was on sale.

  177. Melissa Ann says:

    I typically use a giant roll of white or off-white cotton quilting thread for everything except stretch garments/swimsuits. I’ll pull out navy, grey, or black for darker stuff. :)

  178. Andrea says:

    I am very particular about thread! Of the few varieties available here, I only use Gutterman. I have used cheaper threads in the past and it’s just not worth the small savings. I do meticulously match my thread to my fabric if I am making clothes, but otherwise I stick with grey, white, beige, navy blue and black.

  179. Kristin says:

    I like to try to match the thread as close to the fabric as I can. When in doubt I stick to white for light colors and black for dark colors. I like cotton thread but polyester is fine for good old everyday stuff. Coats and Clark is pretty universal thread around here.

    Thanks!

  180. For majority of my sewing (gamrnet and quitling) I use gutermann polyester thread. Exception is when sewing silk, I use cotton thread as I want thread to break before fabric rips!

  181. Irenoski88 says:

    I usually use Gutterman because it is quite popular in Spain and not as expensive as aurifil but I’m looking forward to trying aurifil as well.

  182. Lynn says:

    I’m a beginning quilter, but I’ve found my favorite already. It’s Mettler. I stick to neutral colors on sale.

  183. Christie S. says:

    I really don’t have a preference when it comes to thread. I usually try and coordinate with the fabric.

  184. Wilai says:

    Not stick to any brand. Base on what I see what I like and who I see it for. Color and pattern mix and match or try to match or beautifully mixed are challenging for me. Thx

  185. MarciaW says:

    We are price conscious on thread though would prefer to use premium cotton or cotton/polyester brands. We select thread for 3 tasks: piecing, hand quilting, and a little machine quilting. Quilting is done with natural and ecru threads. Piecing is frequently done with neutral colors, or we may match the thread color to the predominant color of the fabric. Old thread is used for basting that will be removed.

  186. Catherine says:

    I don’t have brand loyalty. I always try to match my fabric. ALWAYS. :)

  187. Samina says:

    I’m not brand loyal, but I do like to get my thread color as close to my fabric color as I can. I’ve started to order matching thread when I get fabric, so I don’t have to worry about not having a match.

  188. georgia says:

    I’m still crying over Coats and Clark getting rid of their Dual Duty thread that was poly/cotton. The new 100% polyester is not my favorite. Blech. You can still find the old kind in black and white sometimes, but that’s it.

  189. Ruth says:

    I like to use varying tones or shades of the same hue, with a spike of either green or pink or yellow.

  190. Meghan says:

    I tend to use Guttermann threads, but I have a bad habit of trying to find a thread already in my collection for a project rather than going to the store- buying a new one is usually my last resort, even though I know some of my projects would benefit from a more appropriately matched thread.

  191. Jessi says:

    Connecting Threads Essential is my favorite fabric for piecing and all over quilting. I love the price, and it is sturdy and I’ve had no problems with it. I like how it pops on the quilt top, standing out a bit.

    However, if I am doing really detailed filler quilting, that I need to build up the thread a bit, I like Isacord because it won’t break when I sew over the same area quite a few times, and it doesn’t ever look too thick. I can also use it for machine embroidery!

  192. Erin says:

    I either use a thread that matches my fabric or something that compliemnts it. I have not tried the contrasting thread trend yet but want to try it on a Figgy’s Ayashe soon. I usually use the Coats and Clark higher end because that is what I have the most access too but I have lots of Gutternman too.

  193. Miet says:

    I always do try to match the thread colour to my fabric, but generally just use the brand most easily available. Not quite the very cheapest, but the next one. Don’t have the budget to buy the best!

  194. Sunny says:

    I usually prefer guterman thread, but will use whatever’s available, especially if it’s in stash. If I have a color that’s close enough already I will use it, unless it involves topstitching that will show.

    If I have a fabric that has lots of different contrasting colors, I usually use a neutral gray. That’s a habit I picked up when I used to quilt more.

    That’s a lot of ifs.

  195. JoAnn says:

    I am definitely an impulse buyer. I see something pretty, cool, cute, soft, etc…I buy it!

  196. Laura W. says:

    I don’t have a preference about thread brand. My grandma passed away and because I’m the only one in the family who sews, my mom handed down boxes and boxes of thread. They’re all different brands and types, and I tend to just pick a spool that matches the color of the fabric I’m using…unless I’m too lazy to re-thread the machine.

  197. My mom always used Gutterman thread so that’s what I use too. I have not experimented with any other thread although I would love more education about thread. And I use white thread 90 percent of the time.

  198. Erin says:

    I always use Gutermann thread. When I started sewing, I used the cheap stuff and never had a good stitch. One time when Gutermann was on sale at Joann’s, I got a couple spools and I haven’t looked back. My sewing machine loves it so much more than the other stuff!

  199. Rina says:

    I don’t really have a preference but I tend to use Aurifil the most.

  200. Tammy says:

    I usually just buy Dual Duty. It works, it’s not as expensive as other brands, and I’ve never had a problem with it. I match to my project, that way any topstitching doesn’t stand out. My thread “collection” is fairly large so I usually don’t have to buy thread for projects. If I do, I use a 40% off coupon at Joann’s. :)

  201. Marie says:

    I like to get a close match on color but more importantly, I try to use the correct thread for the project; i.e. quilting thread for piecing, outdoor threads for outdoor projects, etc.

  202. Shelly Rhodes says:

    I try to use only white, gray, black, and beige.. I do a lot of sewing for consignment and found this the most sane and economical way to match my colors.. unless it has to be perfect, perfect for an applique or something!

  203. michele says:

    I really like sticking mainly to white so I don’t have to re-thread my machine as often!

  204. Catherine Eddleman says:

    I don’t stick to a certain kind of material at all. I try to make a habit of trying something new everytime I sew or using what I have on hand, like old favorite clothes that I can bring myself to throw away. Might as well try to make something new out of the old =) I have a tendency to horde what I do get =) Material/fabric has to be one of my favorite things.

  205. Steph says:

    I’m a beginner and not picky about what thread I use. Someone told me polyester is easier to work with so I’ve started with that. I matched a very light grey withonr fabric but it seems to match to lots of fabrics and is less obvious than white.

  206. starjumper says:

    i buy thread by the 2000m enormo-bobbin from the fabric depot in my city. i have black, white, brown, blue, yellow, red, purple, green. that does the trick for 90% of stitching that i end up doing. that gives me the freedom to go find “the perfect” thread to match a particular project if there’s going to be some decorative or noticeable top stitching and there i’ll either match it perfectly or find a contrasting thread that really pops! if i run out of a particular color, i’ll drop everything and go out to replace it.

  207. SweetPea04 says:

    I’m not particular to a brand- whatever is on sale works best :) I try to match color, unless piecing then I use white. Every now & then I get a wild hair to use a contrasting color.

  208. Fawn says:

    I typically use white 100% cotton. I’m not a dedicated brand person, I use whatever I happen to find available although if funds aren’t an issue gutermann tends to be the one I buy most frequently.

  209. Amy says:

    I love Aurifil for piecing. I love Superior’s King Tut for quilting. I use white for piecing more often than not but if I am topstitching or quilting, I carefully match colors. I definitely match as closely as possible when sewing clothes. For garment sewing, I usually use Gutterman but will use whatever matches the best.

  210. Jennie T. says:

    I’m shopping around these days for the perfect thread. I’ve had some breakage issues and stitch skipping issues. I typically use white or ivory, but I’d like to try a variegated thread on a few quilts.

  211. liz onstad says:

    I used to buy all Gutermann thread. Then I went through a Mettler stage. I often buy thread to match the fabric I am buying, you know, “JUST IN CASE”, and then get home and realize I have about three or more spools that would match just fine. And since I tend to buy fabrics in similar colors… well, I have a ton of sagey green thread!

  212. Camille Monahan says:

    I always use Gutterman thread. Love it! I vary the colors. Sometimes I try to match thread to the project, other times I try to use a contrasting thread. I’m sewing a shirt now in which the fabric is multi-colored and I’m using a bright orangish red (not part of the color scheme) but it really makes the other colors pop!

  213. Jodie says:

    I usually use Gutermann….white is always on hand but i just finished a breast cancer quilt and i used hot pink for sewing the topper…

  214. Jerri says:

    I really like Gutermann and Mettler because these brand seem to have better quality. I simply didn’t like Dual Duty back in the 80s and 90s but it is growing on me now because the thread seem to have better quality than it did back in those days plus Dual Duty seem to have more colors. I also like the price better than Gutermann and Mettler (naturally who doesn’t). I tend to almost meticulously match the thread to the fabric. When sewing silk fabric I normally go for the German brands.

  215. I use Aurifil thread for everything! It is low lint, is all cotton and one spool lasts absolutely forever! I usually use white, grey or black thread, unless I’m quilting on a strong color (such as red).

  216. Jessica says:

    Always use white

  217. I pretty much use white for everything. I love the pictures people take of all their pretty thread, but I’d rather spend that cash on fabric! And my go to brand is aurifil.

  218. RST says:

    I use a lot of Gutterman, simply because it’s one of my most economical choices (coupons at Joanns) and it doesn’t lint up my machine. If money were not an issue, I like Aurafil because it’s very fine and strong. I often match colors for free motion quilting, but I generally use black, white, grey or beige for piecing.

  219. Jo Robertson says:

    Sometimes I use matching thread, sometimes contrasting thread – depends how much I want my stitching to be seen! I have a new love of invisible thread, it’s so useful for patching up little mistakes when you don’t want a line of stitching to be seen. I seem to get through more white thread than anything else though, so I guess that makes me pretty traditional!

  220. Susan Mack says:

    Guttermans, always. Usually all cotton. I use white thread on 95% of what I sew, I’d say, usually using color for applique.

  221. Brie says:

    Just starting to realize there is a difference in thread brands. I use 100% cotton and really like a tan color thread. Very useful but would love to learn more about thread. Hand quilt thread versus quilting thread vs regular thread! SO much to learn still.

  222. VickiT says:

    I do like to match my thread to my fabric depending on the project. Because my machine is also an embroidery machine I like to use Robison Anton threads because I never have any problems with those. For quilting though, I have started using Aurifil after winning a small sample pack. My machine loves it and I haven’t had any problems with that either.

    Now if someone would make an invisible thread that my machine loves I’d be thrilled. I’ve tried them all and they all break which is extremely frustrating. I’ve tried all the tricks I’ve read too and nothing helps. But, I am now using a new machine so I need to see if this one likes it any better.

  223. Amber H says:

    My preferred brand is Gutermann thread! I tried it after a friend recommended it and I haven’t gone back since.

  224. Jenny says:

    I don’t have any serious alliegence to any thread…but I did find that buying thread from Connecting Threads that there is a LOT more lint or whatever the build up is in my bobbin case than anything ive ever used before!

  225. judith says:

    I have just started using Aurifil for my quilting and simply love it! It sews like a dream.

  226. Brigit says:

    I prefer Guterburg (spelling?) and try to stick to the cotton, but sometimes grab the polyester by mistake. Even though I like the idea of cotton, I actually think the polyester is easier to work with–stronger, less likely to get knots. For quilting I use off-white, except I match to the color the binding when hand sewing the back. For dress making I match the predominant color in the fabric.

  227. kadybug says:

    I tend to stick with Gutermann thread. I buy loads of white for piecing and tend to also use white for top stitching quilts. If I am sewing a garment or a purse then I will color match. I keep hearing good things about Aurifil but, I am not brave enough to spend my thread budget on something I haven’t tried.

  228. Cayce says:

    I don’t really have a brand preference. I like to either match the fabric or have a nice pop contrast. If I can’t decide on either of those I go with gray… not white.

  229. amy castillo says:

    Guterman, Guterman, Guterman.

  230. Lynn says:

    Anything goes for fabric with me. I never stick to one brand, I like to mix it up. I’m not too good with matching. I’m trying to get away from using white as a background. That’s been a challenge, but I’m trying!

  231. Andrea H says:

    I use white when I’m piecing and pick a coordinating color for binding and quilting. I don’t buy the cheapest thread but not the most expensive either. I love having a wide variety of colors on hand for last-minute projects or spontaneous ones.

  232. Elizabeth says:

    I tend to stick with Coats & Clark and I’m not ashamed to say it! I have tried other more expensive brands and I generally can’t tell the difference in quality.
    I like to match the color as closely as I can, especially for all top-stitching needs, but I will cheat and use white or black for inside finishings.

  233. Pat V. says:

    I generally piece and quilt with Guterman. I think it’s a good bargain — decent thread at a decent price. I hope to experiment with other threads some time soon.

  234. Mary P says:

    I hop all over the board. I use different types, different colors. I should probably get more serious about it though.

  235. Brianna says:

    I always use 100% cotton thread, preferably Gutermann brand – but I will use Coats & Clark too. I often grab a bunch of spools in neutral colors when it is on sale and use that on most projects. Thread matching is not a priority for me! Too eager to sew to take the time to get a perfect match, I guess.

  236. Sonya M says:

    I tend to always use Gutterman, though I really do like Mettler as well. Can’t stand Coats & Clark, it just doesn’t seem to get along with my machine!

    I have an array of colours in my sewing drawer, as I like to topstitch with a thread colour that pops.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  237. Victoria Reinhard says:

    I don’t really have a thread preference. I find that I can get away with not using extremely expensive brands with the way that I store my thread. I make sure I store my thread out of direct sunlight and keep my craft room cool and dark when not in use.

  238. Jessica says:

    I usually use something neutral – white, gray, beige. I’ve recently discovered Aurifil and now swear by it.

  239. Laura says:

    Love Mettler. It seems to be the only thing my sewing machine will take without eating. I like to match the colour to the fabric, but I always seem to go back to white when quilting :)

  240. Patti says:

    The thread debated ended for me when I found Aurifil! Love it so much. I use mostly on off white for piecing. For FMQ I have found Isacord polyester thread to be a new favourite.

  241. Andrea says:

    I’m pretty new to sewing so I don’t have too much experience with different threads. I have been using Guterman and I’m happy with it. I’d love to try out some others soon.

  242. Cathie says:

    I use Mettler because it was recommended for my Viking. I mostly use grey or tan.

  243. Jen R says:

    I use white/off-white thread probably 60% of the time, especially if my fabric has a white background or is multi-colored. For applique I almost always coordinate or match the thread color though.

  244. kelly jo says:

    I definitely am a fabric matcher! I’m learning my likes and dislikes, especially since some seem to create so much more fuzz than others!

  245. Andrea Noren says:

    Thread – I have a large collection of thread that I’ve inherited from various folks, and mostly I use that. Sometimes I match or contrast for quilting, and rarely just use white.

  246. Elisabeth says:

    I like to meticulously match the fabric! No specific brand preference, but it has to be THE right color.

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