I've tried that...however, my local craft store carries lots of cotton thread in a fairly decent array of colors which is great for my quilting habit...but not so good my for newly acquired bear habit. They have about 6 colors of upholstery thread and some polyester thread...some all purpose thread. I've become somewhat disillusions with them in the recent months...they aren't meeting my "bear" expectations. Or perhaps I'm just being too fussy and the thread doesn't have to match "perfect."
Shall I complain? Kidding...
Sue Ann...that is exactly what made me wonder if others just order thread at the same time. I was perusing around Intercal earlier today during my big day of doing absolutely nothing productive and invisioning how I could spend my childrens inheritance on things like mohair, glass eyes, etc.
I tend to get the really large reels of thread in kind of basic colours....like off-white which does for all my light fabrics....a biscuity brown which does for all the browns and golds...and a dark grey which does for all my greys and blacks.....I'm not much into 'colours' so I never need pink ..or green etc!!
That way I don't need to keep millions of colours in ..
For paw pads I do have a huge stash of colours to match my fabrics....in ultrasuede, felt and cashmere...
I am a panic buyer of fabric and paw pad material...I always think there's going to be world shortage!!!!
I'm having such trouble finding good quality upholstery thread that I think I'll start ordering it from Intercal too.
I can't even find perle cotton anywhere here--so much for the Big City, folks !
Our local Walmart carries a few basic colors of Gutermann, our Fabricland carries a few more, but it's a constant hassle, not worth the time and travel.
I love the artificial sinew for hand-sewing, but the colors are limited.
Besides, I like getting the packages!
I'm pretty impaired when it comes to matching colors. Maybe I'm a little color blind. So, there is a sweet little sewing store in my area that I go to. The owner is a great lady and she always helps me pick out matching thread. I just bring in the mohair i want to use and she does the rest. I like this because I can get a collection of thread slowly, but now I'm wondering if I should be buying the larger spools. Maybe just in the basic colors like Jenny does.
it's a little bit of a pain, to buy thread for each bear, but it's nice to shop, and the store owner has become a fan of my bears ( she's never seen an artist bear before ) and she has just recently bought one after begging me to show her some of my bears.
Although, I have HUGE, HUGE spools of clear nylon thread. It's called philament. Got it from my grandparents after they closed doen their drapery shop. It was used in the huge quilting machines that quilts bed spreads. Great stuff, and really strong. But I still like to buy thread.
And that's my ramble for the day!! :dance:
I really like the uphostery thread. Yo need a really good quality strong thread especailly when needle sculpting eye sockets, etc.
I am like Jenny. I have the basic tones and these generally work for any color of fur or mohair. You're not going to see the stitching anyway. If I also tend to go a bit lighter with my thread than the color of the fur/mohair.
I'm with Judi. I have about four or five colors (black, white, cream, a couple of browns -- basically everything JoAnne's carries that could possibly match mohair!) and they all seem to work with all mohairs.
I use upholstery thread to stitch EVERYTHING.
I went to Joann's (my craft store...if that's what you want to call it ) and purchased every color of upholstery thread they had in any color I thought I might use...which meant I didn't buy green (which I love) and came home with only 6 spools ranging from cream to black.
I even asked them if they ever get any other colors...she looked at me like...why would you want more. I guess I'll be order some others online if I need them. Ahem...such is life!
Oh yeah, you can for sure use upholstery thread in your machine. I only ever sew with it; never ever bother with anything else. It's terrifically strong, and lets me get away with NOT double stitching seams, except where prudence demands I should, because it's almost impossible to break, unless you take something sharp (like scissors) to it.
Strangely enough, I've actually used upholstery thread for upholstering and slipcovering. :angel:
You don't need to adjust your machine to use it. Just adjust for the thickness of whatever you're sewing. This stuff is nice and strong and nicely finished--not quite waxy, but not quite not--so it doesn't snaggle as syntetics do.
Oh yeah, you can for sure use upholstery thread in your machine.
I have never tried the upholstery thread as it looks to be very heavy for machine stitching. So glad it works for you.
I have used the Coats hand quilting thread and was reprimanded by my sewing machine repairman. So I switched to Coats Dual Duty Plus Machine Quilting and Crafts thread for my machine stitching. It is a finer thread so it does not compromise the machine and is very strong. It can be found at Walmart and JoAnne Fabrics which has more color choices. True, there isn't a wide range of colors in the Coats machine quilting thread, but enough to do a variety of bears.
Recently I did a bear that needed a totally different color thread, so I tried the Gutterman threads. I was very happy with them, but they are a bit pricey, so I keep swatches of mohair in my purse and whenever I find the thread on sale, I am able to stock up and get the colors I use the most.
I do double stitch heads as this is the one area where stress is magnified with needle sculpting and inserted eyes. Don't want any seams bursting.
Amazing how the same end results can be obtained with many different sources.
I double stitch everything...even the ears...because I am paranoid I suspect. But I always think that by double stitching I have a safety net of knowing that if I am a bit wobbly on my first circuit I can correct it on my second. I have an industrial machine which goes like the clappers and I never hand stitch anything apart from the openings so it's quick anyway.
Yes, when I start pinching and pulling while sculpting, I sure don't want any seams to give, so double stitching is the answer for me.
And Jenny, I have a machine with adjustable speed, so I always use the lowest speed and then no matter how hard I push on my pedal, the stitches are a slow consistent rate so I can manipulate the curves without too much trouble and in the end, it does save time, for I don't have to take out stitches that went wild out of my planned route, so to speak.
Just have to experiment to find whatever works for each of us.
Well, I just finished sewing my first complete bear with invisible thread and have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be....I actually found it stronger than the Gutermann thread I usually use. But because it's less flexible it does seem to tangle around fingers, body parts, joints more easily, and it's not easy to see :P.
I priced both brands of upholstery thread on as many sites as I could find- except e-bay....Intercal''s prices are right in the running. So I did order the thread at the same time. Now I just replace what I use up- black- and order colors I don't already have- so that I am not caught off guard.
But the old seamstress in me has the same mindset as Jenny- stock up and have everything on hand.
Besides I find that I use so much cross over- now I am using my silk threads on the mini's-and I want every color God ever created for that. It always amuses me when I start looking for something that I used to use in .....clothing, machine embroidery, quilting, applique, needle point, cross stitch, yikes!!!!
and the really neat thing about Intercal is the COUPONS !!!! Gotta love the coupons- that has to be an insentive for ordering the thread from them-I have been known to add thread like black that I use an awful lot just to get an order up to $200= that save $10 equals my shipping costs- So I see it as free shipping!