Just a shred of thread…

I’m beginning to wonder if having a smoking addiction is less expensive than a hoop addiction. One thing’s for certain, smoking will surely damage your lungs and both will weaken your wallet. After getting my DESIGNER DIAMOND Royale™ and skimming through the manual I very quickly realized that I needed to spend more money and that my notions budget would soon expand as much as I do after sitting next to a slice of cake and breathing at the same time. I’m not kidding.

Thread would be the first thing on my list and off to the Facebookosphere I would go. Like any newbie, I polled and trolled the FB populous with the question “what thread are you using?” Now of all people, I should have known better than to do this as I could have found the answer to my question in my blog post, “What’s a good starter machine?” People like different threads for different reasons. True to novice mentality, my primary concern was to not break the bank and spend money on anything that I could not understand. Even if someone had made a thread recommendation, I would have rhetorically rebutted, “I’m just learning. Do I really need to spend that much money out the gate?”

Off the Amazon and eBay I went. I found a really good deal on 100 spools of thread for $69.99 on both sites. Ironically, the thread was being offered by the same vendor. Note: the vendor’s listing on Amazon included the cost of shipping whereas the price of shipping on eBay seemed to represent a profit center. After reading all of the vendor’s reviews in triplicate and then at least 100 more times, lighting a candle about it, talking to my husband, conferring with Zeus and finally having my priest sprinkle holy water on the idea, I purchased the thread from Amazon.com. At $.70 per spool, I couldn’t go wrong. Using a coupon at either if the big box stores would have cost me more than twice the amount.

Here’s what you get:










PROS: I’m pleased with my purchase. The threads seem sturdy and I haven’t experienced any breakage. It worked out quite well. Here’s my first project with the thread:



CONS: I only have one complaint. The thread does NOT com with a thread chart. I’ve learned from other purchasers of this product that Marathon’s thread chart works rather well with this thread. Marathon’s online chart will allow you to plug in the number of the color and output a brand equivalent. I’ve tried it, it’s not 100%, but it’s better than nothing.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Good Life Housewife
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 00:25:13

    I love the eye mask! How did you make it?


  2. insearchofitall
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:19:39

    Ok, you got me. When I first saw the note that you started following my blog and took a quick look at your gravitar, I thought you were another photographer following everyone to get them to follow them. I have a lot of them that follow but don’t even know what my blog is about. Now that I’ve taken a good look, I’m going “oh, my goodness. I bought the Diamond Royal before Christmas and have kept it hidden from family since it was money I was saving to buy a house. Yes, you are in a Very expensive hobby (addiction). I refused to trade in my Viking SE as it still embroiders and sews quite well and the new one had some differences I needed to work out. Good machines are fussy about threads. From what I see of your finished product though, not too fussy. I loved the mask and my daughter wants me to make one for her. Soon. I’ve done ornaments for Christmas. I’m hear if you have any questions. Always willing to help. BTW, thanks for following. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.


    • Surreal Life | Imagery
      Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:27:15

      LOL, I’m definitely not a photographer following blogs to gain an audience. I do sew and am quite addicted to it. It’s probably cheaper to start smoking, but I love running after my husband and children. I’m new to embroidery and decided to follow your blog with hopes of learning more about it. I was blown away by the price of the Diamond Royale so I figured that I’d better start reading and figure out what I’m supposed to be doing, lol.


      • insearchofitall
        Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:39:44

        Glad to have you on board. I had to rent a 2 bedroom and a garage. Smoking is cheaper but not nearly as much fun. I love getting together and meeting others who are creative. Been sewing many years and just getting back to it after a prolonged, stupid, illness.

      • Surreal Life | Imagery
        Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:54:57

        I’m DEFINITELY glad that you are in better health and can pursue your this awesome hobby. Sewing and embroidery really take a lot of focus. I’m hoping that this will become a hobby that I can enjoy for years to come.

      • insearchofitall
        Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:58:08

        I’ve found it helpful to find a sewing store that offers embroidery club. You learn about lots of things that way and others have a way of keeping you inspired. I’ve been at this since 1999, missing a bit over the first 3 years of my illness when I could not sew at all. I’m thrilled to get back to it.

      • Surreal Life | Imagery
        Feb 28, 2014 @ 14:59:26

        I’m thrilled that you are back. I’ll be stalking your blog and learning. I’ll be sure to ask my local dealer if there are any clubs in the area. If not, perhaps I can start a club.

      • insearchofitall
        Feb 28, 2014 @ 15:05:18

        The blogging community and internet have been a real life saver for me while I was housebound. But hands on with others helps in a way you can’t get from a book. I did use a quilting tutorial last week to refresh myself on finishing the binding on the charity quilt. They did a good job of letting me see exactly what to do. I am a self taught sewer too. I know lots of swear words now. 🙂

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