Steph’s Favorite Threads for Free Motion Quilting Pebbles

January 25, 2017


Here is some information about where to order the thread I mentioned in the video.

For free motion quilting pebbles, I like to use a fine 100 weight thread that matches the fabric on the top of my quilt.  One of my favorite choices is Invisafil Thread by Wonderfil.

The white color Invisafil blends in across many colors of light and bright print fabrics, and the gray or brown Invisafil blends in across darker palettes.

Invisafil Thread by Wonderfil in White

Invisafil Thread by Wonderfil in Brown-Gray

Wonderfil Infisafil Gray 2500m

WonderFil InvisaFil Thread Set B009

This color set includes: Pure Orange (711), Cinnamon (722), Aqua (713), Lilac (714), Dusty Rose (717), and Copper (719)

I also like to use Superior So Fine thread, in 50 weight in the bobbin, even when I use Invisafil on the top thread.  So Fine also works well as a top thread if you (or your machine!) prefer a heavier weight  thread than the 100 weight Invisafil.

Superior Thread So Fine, 50 Weight, in Pearl

(This is a great neutral thread for the bobbin and the top thread)

Superior Threads 11602-503 So Fine Genoa Gray 3-Ply 50W Polyester Thread, 3280 yd

Sew Complete by Superior Threads – 25 Assorted Colors of 50 wt All-Purpose Polyester Sewing and Quilting Thread in a Gorgeous 25-Color Palette of 300 Yard Spools

Superior Thread Holder (For Cones)

Thread choice makes a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your finished project!

Usually the weight of the thread is assigned a number like 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 or 100.  A smaller number usually means a thicker thread, and a higher number means thinner thread (think silk).

However, there is no clear standard across the industry to make sure that all threads are labeled the same way.

So the safest thing for you to do is to trust your eyes and fingers when choosing a thread, and don’t worry as much about the number.

Choose fine threads the same color as your quilt top when you want your quilting to blend and medium or heavier threads that contrast with your quilt top to show off your quilting.

Different machines perform differently with various threads.  You will have to adjust your tension when you change thread!  So get ready to experiment and have fun.

I hope this helps!  I have lots more thread recommendations, so stay tuned for future video tutorials!

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1 Comment

  • Reply pennylanequilts January 26, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I am enjoying your video tutorials and your tips on threads. As a new free motion quilter, and a Sweet Sixteen owner, your videos are the perfect complement to the suggested practice motifs each week in the Quilter’s Planner.

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