thread bits // choosing thread for epp
If you've been here before, you have probably noticed that English paper piecing is something I do on a regular basis. I love it.
And while I try not to be too particular about my supplies, I do like trying options to see what I like best. Usually I baste and join the pieces with hand quilting thread. It works well for me, plus it's easy to find at JoAnn (which makes it not too expensive too).
My typical thread of choice is the Dual Duty on the left. But then someone suggested that I try the So Fine thread on the right. My local quilt shop carries it, so I figured I may as well give it a try.
It's 100% polyester, as compared to the 68% poly/32% cotton of the Dual Duty.
The biggest difference to be see between the threads is the thickness. Taking pictures of strands of thread isn't easy, but I think you can see the difference here. Which, to me, is significant that it shows up in a photo like this.
The So Fine really is so fine. And the theory is that it will show less when you stitch with it. I think it does.
I say "I think" because I often wonder if it has a placebo effect. I'm expecting it to show less, so maybe I'm seeing it less? Or maybe it really is the Superior Thread. I'm going to work with it longer before I show off samples (although they may be even harder to photograph!).
For now I ask, what kind of thread do you like to use for EPP?