Your Key To Quilting Success: Aurifil + OLFA

Happy New Year! We’re delighted to carry one of our favorite education collaborations over into 2023! Together with our friends at OLFA, we present a fabulous monthly series that will answer all sorts of questions about OLFA tools & Aurifil threads. Whether you’re just getting started, looking for specific answers, or are interested in key tips and tricks, this series is for you! 

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Tips for working with Aurifil 28wt

– Aurifil’s 28wt/2ply thread comes in 270 Cotton colors and is wound on a grey spool. A bit thinner than the luscious 12wt thread, it is the second heaviest weight thread that Aurifil offers.  

– Aurifil 28wt performs perfectly for both hand and machine techniques including a variety of quilting, embroidery and decorative stitches, bag and garment sewing, and topstitching. 

– For hand work consider a Chenille or Tapestry needle in sizes 24-29 or an Embroidery/Crewel needle in sizes 5-9. A larger eye needle aids with the ease of threading.  

– For machine work consider using a 90/14 or 100/16 Topstitch needle. The groove along the shaft of a topstitch needle allows the thread a place to hide while machine sewing or quilting. Aurifil 50wt works well in the bobbin. 

– For handwork tips, click HERE

It’s Time To Talk About Blade Basics!

1. Straight edge blades come in four sizes to match the corresponding handle – 18mm, 28mm, 45mm, and 60mm. Use the smaller blades for detailed work, and the larger ones for basic cutting, depending on your project.

2. Decorative edge blades are designed to create a pinking, scallop, or wave edge. Use them for paper crafting, wool work, or cotton fabrics with a fusible backing. For garment sewing, the pinking edge can be used to reduce fraying in seams. Use them with the classic 45mm ergonomic handle.

3. OLFA® Endurance™ blades are a long-lasting blade made from tungsten tool steel. An exclusive manufacturing method hardens the steel to make it extra strong, resulting in a cutting life that is two times that of a traditional blade. They are available in 45mm and 60mm.

Join us next month for more handy educational nuggets! HUGE thanks to OLFA for their continued partnership!

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