Hanging on by a thread? No worries. We have plenty of quilting thread and sewing thread in every color of the rainbow, both in polyester quilting thread and cotton quilting thread! Stock up on all your favorite quilting thread brands including Superior Thread, Aurifil, Presencia, Gutermann, and our very own Missouri Star brand thread. We also have all the quilting thread accessories you need, including thread cutters, spool racks, prewound bobbins & bobbin storage.
Simply stated–you can’t sew without thread. It’s the stuff that holds the garment or quilt together. You know this. So here you are on the Missouri Star website. You have just chosen a pattern for a project you want to sew. Next, you selected the perfect fabric. Now you need some quilting thread, and found your way to this page - there are hundreds of thousands of products to choose from! Who knew there could be so many kinds of swing thread? And how do you choose the right spool of thread for your next project?
Let’s start with some basics. First, thread weight. The weight (wt) of a thread is a measurement of how many kilometers of thread (length) it takes to reach a weight of one kilogram. The higher the number, the finer the sewing thread. For example, a 60 wt thread will need 60 kilometers of thread to reach a weight of one kilogram. A 40 wt thread requires 40 kilometers of thread to reach a weight of one kilogram. 60 wt thread is finer and lighter than 40 wt thread. You can filter your search for quilting thread by weight when you shop our site.
Most of the sewing thread that customers buy from Missouri Star is medium weight 40 or 50 wt quilting thread. Many quilters prefer finer 50 wt for piecing quilt tops but 40 wt for machine quilting because the heavier thread helps the stitches stand out. 40 wt is commonly used for machine embroidery and appliqué. It is also a good sewing thread for clothing construction, home decor, and craft projects.
A 12 wt thread requires only 12 kilometers of thread to weigh one kilogram; it is a heavy weight thread. Missouri Star offers Aurifil 12 wt cotton thread which is a perfect embroidery thread for hand or machine. It also works well for hand or machine appliqué, Sashiko, bold machine quilting, and big stitch hand quilting. Presencia perle cotton is another heavy thread for knitting, crochet, needlepoint, punchneedle embroidery, hardanger embroidery, edge stitching, Sashiko, or big stitch quilting. Missouri Star carries 12 wt quilting thread in a wide array of beautiful colors.
A second thing to consider when choosing thread for sewing is its fiber content. The general rule of thumb is to match the thread to the fiber content of the fabric in the project. However, many quilters and sewers use polyester or poly-cotton thread on cotton fabric with good results. Sewing thread choice is truly a matter of personal preference. Cotton thread is strong, accepts dye well, adjusts easily to changes with the fabric such as shrinkage, and tolerates high heat from pressing. If you are sewing synthetic blend fabrics, consider using polyester thread. It is strong and smooth, won’t shrink or fade, and has some give–making it a good choice for fabrics that stretch.
A third consideration when selecting sewing thread is color. Depending upon the design of your project, you may want the stitching to blend in with the colors of your fabric. On the other hand, you may want the stitching to be the star. In this case you will probably choose a contrasting color thread.
A final decision a sewist must make when selecting thread is brand. Missouri Star carries numerous options here too, including our own brand of quilting thread made to our exacting standards. You might like the Missouri Star thread packs; these are an economical way to build your stash of thread. Superior Thread, which manufactures King Tut cotton thread as well as OMNI polyester thread–both very popular among quilters. Many sewists like Gutermann thread for all-purpose use as well as quilting. Aurifil, an Italian thread manufacturer, is a favorite among quilters and those who do machine embroidery and appliqué.
As your quilting thread collection grows, you will need strategies for keeping it organized. Missouri Star has spool racks and storage boxes as well as solutions for bobbin storage. Do you need thread cutter gadgets? Needle threading gadgets? How about devices to keep thread neatly wound around its spool? If you are looking for quilting or sewing thread online or need thread-related notions, Missouri Star is here to keep you stitching!
Daily Deals, Tutorials, New Arrivals, & More? Sign up for Missouri Star Quilt Co. emails!