Quiltmaker is happy to partner with Sulky for the last in a five-part thread giveaway.
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Sulky of America has several longarm machine experts among its national educating staff. Sue Moats, who works on a Gammill, and Evelyn Byler, who works on an APQS machine, have compiled hints and tips for using Sulky specialty threads on a longarm. Here is just a sampling of the extensive info available on Sulky’s longarm page.
Q. I’ve been afraid to use Sulky specialty threads on my longarm machine. What are the basics for doing this?
A. While all Sulky threads can be used on LA machines, some may need special handling. Some of the most important things are to sew more slowly; use a soft, smooth thread in the bobbin; and use a needle with a larger eye, even when the thread seems very thin like the Sulky Original Metallics, Sulky Sliver Metallics, and Sulky Holoshimmer Metallics. It is not unusual to need to adjust the top tension on LA quilting machines when using decorative specialty threads.
Q. What about tension adjustments?
A. Adjusting tension can be more challenging on LA machines than domestic home sewing machines since there are no numbers or notches on LA machines. To simplify it, keep a log of how much you have turned the top tension either up or down (1/8, 1/4, 1/3, etc.) so you can find your way back to the setting you prefer when using what is your most common quilting thread.
Q. Why would I want to try the entire Sulky Line?
A. Cost. Thread is one of the smallest investments we make relative to the time, effort and money spent on fabric and notions. I prefer to spend slightly more to get the quality I can count on with Sulky Threads. Sulky also gives you the option to buy smaller spool put-ups, so, for the same investment, you can try a wide variety of Sulky fibers and colors for the same cost of several large cones. If you want more, virtually all of the Sulky Thread line is now available on Jumbo cones, over 840 SKU’s. If you have a quilting business with a resale tax number, these can be ordered right from sulky.com.
Another very important fact: The color you got from Sulky last year and the color you get today are the same. No more mismatched dye lots if you run out. Sulky’s computerized color matching minimizes dye lot variance. This means you can begin with the old stock while you order more with confidence.
This post is the last of a five-part giveaway.
Leave a comment below for your chance to win some luscious Sulky threads by midnight Sunday, June 3. Congratulations to our winners: Glenda from TX, Diane from OR, Mary Ann and Sue both from MN. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Answer this question: Of all the Sulky threads, which one would you most like to try? We’ll announce winners here.