Monday, October 25, 2010

The Italian Face Off - Aurifil vs Curicini Tre Stelle

And so it begins . . .

I was so intrigued by my first experience with fine Italian threads that I've decided to do a head to head comparison between Aurifil and Curicini Tre Stelle.

I first learned of Aurifil at the Houston Quilt Festival back in 2005 and immediately fell in love with their 12 wt variegated thread. I like to use variegated thread for quilting and the 12 wt was a nice hefty thread that was still thin enough to run through my Bernina.

The Curicini Tre Stelle thread is new to me, but is a from a company that has been around for decades.

The first round of the Italian thread faceoff will be between 50 wt threads doing regular piecing. I use a Bernina 1260 and a 90/14 needle (because I don't like changing needles between cotton and metallic threads!)

In this corner is a grey 2-ply 50 wt Curicini Tre Stelle thread.


I've filled 5 bobbins and cleaned the bobbin case.


Then in this corner, anxiously waiting his turn, is a white 2-ply 50 wt Aurifil thread.


I am piecing regular commercial 100% cotton squares with a straight stitch and will go through 5 full bobbins. I'll be counting thread breaks and checking lint build up after each bobbin finishes.


So far, I completed 1 bobbin full of the Curicini Tre Stelle. This is what the bobbin case looked like afterwards.



Sort of linty! Could be from the fabric, could be the thread, but won't know until the full test is finished. I'm thinking I may have to also run this test with the cheap brand of thread I was previously using just to get a data point on linty-ness.

Other than the lint, the Curicini is running smooth and beautiful through my machine and creating lovely stitches.

I have finished off one simple quilt top, but the challenge will continue on the next! Stay tuned for scintillating photos of lint build up or lack there of.


(Sorry, no wet t-shirts or tight Italian pants in this faceoff. I'll have to leave those images to your imagination!)


EileenKNY said...

Very nice, Kim! Can't wait to see it in person. :)

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Kim: can't wait to see the results! I've been trying the Gilbreath threads, too....over on my blog the recent class sample posts show wich threads. I am really liking the wool, silk and heavy cotton and think (who me?) maybe I need to re-introduce some hand-stitching into my work!

I canNOT believe you've been at the Inn nearly 6 (or was it 7) years? It seems like you were just moving!

Cheers, Sarah

Kim Marguerite said...

Yes, those heavy weight threads are alluring! Can't wait to give them a try, too.

We count in workshop seasons around here. ;-) We are finishing up season 6 this year. The time has flown by.

Sherrie Spangler said...

That bobbin case looks REALLY linty. I'm looking forward to the comparison results.