The Spool is Empty!

Remember back in October when I put the new cone of Superior Masterpiece thread on the machine and readers guessed when the thread would run out?  The cone was dated and put on the machine on October 4.  This morning I came downstairs very early to sew and began winding bobbins and before the first bobbin was full, the thread ran out.

Yes, I could have dusted before taking the photo but I didn’t!  At least I now know where my stitch markers are!  If I had been guessing how long a cone of thread would last, I would have thought two months but it lasted more than 4-1/2 months.  I’m surprised!  During the past 4-1/2 months, I’ve done a bit more quilting on the longarm, using different thread, than I probably usually do but during the past 4-1/2 months, I’ve not been gardening or canning so I’ve been doing more sewing than I do in the summer months and I suppose it all averages out.  I’ve dated the new cone and will see how long it lasts.

This helps me know how much thread to keep on hand.

This could be two years worth of thread and without knowing how long it lasts, I would have thought this would barely be enough for a year!  I usually stock up when I see the Superior Thread people at Kansas City in May but this year, I won’t need to buy MasterPiece.

The winner of the contest is Pat.

Pat, congratulations and check your email!


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    What FUN!!! And I am such an unlikely person to guess this correctly!!! I’ve been under the weather for a couple of days, and this brightened my day to get up from another nap and find this news!!! Woo-Hoo!!! Thanks, Judy!!!

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    Cher says

    Judy, I was thinking about that the other day. I had picked Feb 20th as it was my brothers birthday. Could you not have found just a few more seams to sew since October? Just teasing, that was fun. I have a masterpiece going and I wish I had thought to date it. It’s been awhile. Gotta love that thread.

    Cher in BC

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    Lynn W. says

    I love Masterpiece thread. I bought 3 cones at IQF Houston in 2009 because my Bernina really likes them. I haven’t finished one yet. My other machines do well with Connecting Threads cotton threads. So congratulations to Pat!

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    Scarlett says

    I’m on my first spool of Masterpiece thread, and I like the fact that it is smooth and not fuzzy. But it tends to break a bit. Mother Superior told me to lower my tension which I did, but I have to have it all the way down to one. (and then it still may break) This seems odd. Is it normal.

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    I also use MasterPiece thread for my piecing. I love it! I am going to mark the next cone with the start date too. I like the idea of being able to tell how much thread I will need for the next year or two………..instead of by guessing. LOL

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    Darlene S says

    Congrats to Pat. I can’t even remember what date I picked, but obviously it wasn’t the 23rd. I use the smaller spools of Masterpiece and have had some breakage problems too. I’m not sure I want to try a big cone. I’ve switched to using Superior’s So Fine for my piecing. It’s also very thin and does not ever break. I am going to date my next one to see how long it lasts me too. It may last a whole year since I don’t do as much piecing as you Judy. This was fun and informative . Thanks for doing it. Dar in MO