Water soluble thread is a terrific product for various purposes such as machine and hand basting, trapunto, appliqué, and heirloom sewing.
I especially like to use water soluble thread for basting quilts.
I prefer to pin baste my quilts on a table, but find working around the pins when I'm quilting to be a real pain.
So, after pin basting my quilt, I set my machine to a long basting stitch and stitch lines every 6" to 8" across the quilt in both directions using water soluble thread. I remove the pins as I go.
When I've finished stitching the grid, my quilt is completely stabilized but all the pins are gone. I can now concentrate on my actual machine quilting without having to work around pins.
After I've completed all my quilting, I gently wash the entire quilt to remove my markings and the water soluble thread. I can dunk the quilt in the washer and lift it out and the water soluble thread is gone.
I prefer to use the thread in both the top and the bobbin. My favorite brand is Vanish-Extra which is made by Superior Threads.
Some people have said that they've had some trouble getting the Vanish-Extra to dissolve easily. So, Superior has designed another product, Vanish-Lite, which dissolves much easier. It can be removed by spritzing with water so it isn't necessary to wash the entire quilt.
Vanish-Lite is also a finer thread so you'll get more on a spool for the same price. However, if you're basting on a high-speed long-arm machine, you'll want to stitch with Vanish-Extra.
Here are some of the advantages of basting with water soluble thread:
Grid basting stabilizes the quilt beautifully setting the straight grain of the quilt.
Grid lines wash away so you don't have lines where they're not wanted.
Grid basting with water soluble thread is a great opportunity to practice stitch-in-the-ditch knowing that the thread will wash away, taking mistakes along!
Getting rid of the pins allows you to concentrate on each area without distraction.
Check out the quilting detail on these quilts which were basted with water soluble thread:
Myrtle Creek Memories
Tip from Annie:
Be sure to keep any bobbin wound with this thread in a closed ziplock back along with the spool of thread. You don't want to accidentally sew something (like a swimsuit!) with it. Store in a dry place.
Water Soluble Threads
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Item ID: SUP114