My Thoughts on Thread

You know that feeling when you find a really good deal that’s just too good to be true? Well that’s what prompted me to write this post. It would be selfish of me not too. So anyway, I’ll get right to it.

Here’s my little ‘secret’ for those of you that aren’t in ‘the know’ yet… 🙂 My favorite thread is Essential Thread Spools by Connecting Threads. They have excellent colors to choose from and the quality is amazing. Best of all, you get 1,200 yards per spool for only $2.49 each.

When I used to have my quilting frame setup, I bought their 5,000 yard cones which works great for long arm machines as well. I have a neutral colored thread cone that I rarely need to move from my big machine because it’s great for piecing and quilting. You can only find this thread online, but shipping is inexpensive or free if you spend 50.

That’s pretty much it. If you’re a fan of Gutermann and Mettler thread, the quality of this stuff is very  comparable. I’ve been using this thread for the last 5 years and I love it. Hope this post sheds some light on your always-running-out-of-thread-woes. 🙂

21 Responses to My Thoughts on Thread

  1. Terri nana of 2 April 9, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Thanks for sharing! That's pretty cheap!

  2. Katy April 9, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    I bought my first roll when I ordered batting during their sale, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I hope it's as good as what I use now because the price is unbeatable. Thanks!

  3. Chris S April 9, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    Oh how I wish my machine liked this thread. I got 2 and tried and tried and it just kept messing with my tension. I LOVE the thread, but machine does NOT. Lots of people like it though!

  4. Southpaw Stitcher April 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Haven't heard of this thread–I'll have to try it. BTW, Ethan is adorable!!

  5. Jessim April 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I LOVE Connecting Threads Essential. I wish they made it in a lighter weight though, because it is a very thick thread.

  6. Karin April 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I love their thread too! I always forget to order before I run out and end up getting Guterman because I can get it local.

  7. Jamie April 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your thread source:) I'm going to get some–I'm always running out of basic colors and for some reason, it always surprises me.

  8. Kimberly April 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Thank you for the great tip. I wanted to also thank you for inspiring me in my quilting. I am a new quilter, and am actually working on my 2nd quilt inspired by your Strawberry Fields Forever quilt! I fell in love with it from the moment I first saw it. It's fun and crazy and I can't wait to see it finished!


    • precious May 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      Hello Kimberly,
      Where can I find that Strwberry Fields quilt information?

  9. Suzan April 10, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I discovered their thread about a year ago and purchased 3 thread "collections" they were discontinuing. I love this thread and got some really gorgeous colors. I also buy all of my neutral threads for piecing from Connecting Threads. You just can't beat the price & quality!

  10. Tasha April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Thank you for this post. I was wondering about the quality of their thread since it is such a good deal. I will be ordering some shortly. Have a wonderful day.

  11. Michele April 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I use this thread almost eclusively too. Love it though it does produce a bit much lint and I have to be good about cleaning more often.

  12. Anna and Sarah April 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Wow! Thanks for the info! Come visit and join our blog! Thanks!

  13. Pen Pen April 15, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I have the same pfaff machine and frame that you have. I notice you've been quilting without the frame. Do you still have it? I just purchased and set mine up and find the whole process a bit overwhelming. If it wasn't for my husband, I would have never gotten my practice quilt in the frame. Do you prefer the frame or not?

    • Quiltingintherain April 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi – I no longer have the frame. I sold it about a year ago. It was definitely overwhelming at first and just like you, I couldn't have done it without the help of my husband! Once put together, it was a bot daunting to get started quilting – my husband had to keep encouraging me to use. It still took some time setting everything up on the frame, but once that was done the quilting was a lot of fun. The main reason I got rid of it was to make room for my son's room once we found out i was expecting. I guess my advice would be to just keep using it as much as possible, and you'll get the hang of it. Good luck!

  14. Kathryn Wright April 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Jera,

    I'm Kathryn, and I'm the editor of You may be familiar with some of our sister sites, FaveCrafts and AllFreeSewing. I'm contacting you because I would love to feature some of your quilting tutorials on! Here is an example of how projects are featured on FaveQuilts:

    Each review includes a short description of the project, a byline that credits you, a link to the tutorial on your blog, and a photo of the finished project. We also feature links to projects and accompanying pictures in our free weekly e-mail newsletter. Please let us know if we have permission to feature your projects and photos on and in newsletters. I look forward to hearing from you!


    • Quiltingintherain April 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Kathryn,
      Sounds great! Can I please get your email? 🙂

  15. precious May 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Are their tutorials on the quilts that you used the quilt as you go method?

  16. Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    thanks for share..

  17. Zenia Rene October 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I've been using their thread since I read your post. It is great quality and such a great deal. A couple of weeks ago I took advantage of a close out sale and ordered a bunch of beautiful colors for a mere $1.67/spool.

  18. Natalie November 20, 2021 at 2:25 am #

    I’m going to have to try this. It’s about 90% cheaper than what I’ve been using. I just bought you QAYG made vintage and I’m super excited about starting some projects. Really loved reading the book.

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