Well, I can’t tell you how much thread you will use on your quilt because there are so many variables –
- size of quilt
- quilting design
- weight of thread
However I CAN tell you how to estimate your future thread usage after you have recorded your thread usage on one quilt.
Count the number of bobbins used and multiply by 2.Note the quilting density for your future referenceThen use the following calculator to “guestimate” future thread usage:
Aurifil Thread weight
|Cotton Mako’ 50||75 metres||130 metres|
|Cotton Mako’ 40||50 metres||100 metres|
|Cotton Mako’ 28||43 metres||75 metres|
All shiny polyester & rayon threads have a tendency to slip and fall off the spool rather than feeding off smoothly. This can cause the stitches to loop and the thread to catch on the thread guides.
To prevent this, lightly wrap a strip of plastic wrap (yes … common kitchen wrap such as gladwrap) around the spool leaving the thread free to feed from the top of the spool.
There should be a 4 digit colour code number printed on the base of each spool. (The thread in the photo below is colour number 5003)
Each Aurifil thread is packaged on a coloured spool coded according to thread weight:
|Red Spools||Ne12 Cotton Mako’|
|Ne 12 Lana wool blend|
|Grey spools:||Ne 28 Cotton Mako’|
|Orange spools:||Ne 50 Cotton Mako’|
|Green spools||Ne 40 Cotton Mako’|
|White spools||Ne 36 Aurilux|
The base of the spool holder is designed to click on & off the spool shaft and can be used to lock the thread tail in place to prevent the spool unravelling.
Watch this short video from Pat Sloan to see the best way to use Aurifil spools on your sewing machine.