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Turkey Tracks:  February 18, 2012

The Aurifil is Finally Gone

Here it is:  the –finally–empty Aurifil spool:

I must be the only quilter in the world who does not like Aurifil.

And, I don’t like it.

Yes, it lasts FOREVER.  It’s like the Energizer Bunny of quilting threads.  And, it doesn’t produce much lint.

I feel like I’m sewing with spider silk, though.  And, it isn’t very strong.  And, it does not “stick” to the cotton fabric in the way the Mettler I mostly use does.  It has a tendency to unravel at the edges of seams as a result–which is a HUGE pain when piecing blocks as they start to come undone at the edges as you handle them.

I bought this light grey Aurifil years ago when everyone raved about it.  So, in this moment of using up and reorganizing in the quilt room, I used up the Aurifil.

Thank heavens it’s gone!

Written by louisaenright

February 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

8 Responses

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  1. I love Aurifil–and use it all the time. My machines both love it, which I can’t say about all threads–some break constantly for me and give me all kinds of problems when FM quilting.

    Those spools only last about 2-3 months for me, sometimes less. What thread do you prefer?


    February 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    • Very pretty quilts, Laura. Lovely FM quilting. I, too, love the New York Beauty block. I have one on this blog. Take a look? It’s called “Let There Be Light,” and you can find it by using the search feature. Louisa


      February 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

  2. Louisa , I am Alex from Aurifil ..of course I am pretty unhappy to know you do not like my threads … just for let you know I shared you post all other my social networks http://about.me/alexveronelli … as usual I never hide dissatisfaction posts … in a world where all customers are already satisfy there is no fun in to improve and refine is always my target

    Alex Veronelli

    February 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    • Alex, thanks for your reply. I’m so sorry I don’t like Aurifil, but not to worry, as I said, I’m in a huge minority. All the quilters I know love it. One reply here speaks to thinner seams–that’s a good point. As I said, I keep trying to find ways to like it… Louisa


      February 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

  3. I was beginning to think I was the only one who has those troubles with it. I continually keep trying to use it, but it does all the things you said. Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one. 🙂


    February 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  4. I have noticed the easy unravel when chain piecing and then cutting the pieces apart. I hadn’t thought about it being the thread, but perhaps my stitch length. I’ll have to re-consider. Otherwise–I love how thin my seams press down when using the 50 wt.

    Marlene @ KISSed Quilts

    February 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  5. You are not alone. I think Aurifil is lovely, but my sewing machine hates it. I have a lot of thread breakage and have wondered if it’s b/c I have an older machine with vertical thread feed instead of some of the newer machines where the spool lays horizontal.

    Marjorie Rich,

    February 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  6. My machine has no problems with it. But I just LOVE it for hand applique-it doesn’t knot or tangle like other threads and is so nice to hand sew with. If you ever do any hand applique, please give it another chance.

    Carmen Wyant

    February 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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