Carola Russell – Choosing the Right Needles, Thread & Feet for Quiltmaking

Carola RussellCarola Russell, owner of Carola’s Quilt Shop on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, gave a presentation  at our May meeting.  It was all about machine needles, quilting threads, and presser feet, and how choosing them wisely can lead to more successful projects and more enjoyable quilting.

She discussed needle sizes and threads for piecing and machine quilting, and provided answers for why needles may bend and thread may break.  Did you know that the thickness of your thread should match the size of the groove in your sewing machine needle?

Along with practical advice was inspiration about creative techniques such as silk ribbon work, beading, and machine applique and information about interesting tools such as the ruler foot and ruler feet templates.

Carola is a big fan of Aurifil threads, made in Italy, light and strong, and now available in a wider range of colours and weights.  She brought her travelling shop to the meeting, with lots of Aurifil threads and tempting collections of fabric.

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