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 Royaleâ„¢ 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.

Fabric Whoring…

Getting fabric from Joann’s makes me smile! Various hauls from my 50% off the clearance rack escapades!