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Be Inspired by Multi-Colored Threads

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Whether you’re using a cotton or polyester all purpose thread, a machine or hand quilting thread, or a polyester embroidery thread, you’re sure to be inspired by the variegated color offerings. Surprises are in store!

Multi-color threads change color as they come off the spool with random variegation. The length of a single color can vary from 2″ to 5″ and there’s no abrupt change—just a gradual melding of the next color. These fun threads can be used in a number of ways and with any stitch in your machine.

Satin stitches take on a whole new persona with stripes of color sewing out. Topstitching beckons a second look, and of course machine quilting with multis blends colors within your blocks, whether subtle or contrasting.

Satin Stitching and straight stitching

 

If you’re a free-motion sketch artist, the variegated threads can be used to your advantage to shade flowers and add interest to your fabric art. When choosing decorative stitches, try to select patterns that only go forward as they’re stitched.

Decorative stitches show color changes

Reverse-cycle stitches may not have the same exact thread color for a second pass and the color variegation is less clear. Select a bobbin thread that blends with a dominant color in the multi, or in the case of a quilt, the bobbin thread can match the quilt backing fabric. Variegated can also be used in the bobbin, if desired.

Variegated thread also makes wonderful serger stitches, whether used as an edge finish or a flatlock stitch within a garment or other project. Use it in the upper looper and needle only, unless both sides of the project show, then use it in the lower looper as well. The inherent color changes draw attention to your stitching. Or, if the colors are similar to the fabric background, the stitching visually becomes part of the quilt or garment itself. As with any thread, test-stitch on your fabric before committing to the project to be sure you like the look.

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