Today I was working on a block for a bee I am in. The theme is “your neighborhood”, and so it’s like making a mini art quilt depicting where you live (or perhaps where you want to live). I decided on a mountain scene with a tent, campfire, etc. It’s the neighborhood I prefer. Everything was going perfectly (rare). I decided to use a decorative stitch and a green-brown variegated thread by Isacord to create a ragged tree line between some of my green pieces. Even though I am using French fuse as a backing, there were a few very minor puckers that would iron out. I have done this enough times to know this works well. However, as soon as I touch the iron to the seams, imagine my horror as the thread disintegrates before my eyes! I restitched the area and used a pressing cloth – and that was okay. I was mystified and very upset, as I have used variegated thread on a number of projects, including things that have gone out on bees. I certainly don’t want my work disintegrating because I used the wrong materials!
|My block so far.|
So I dug out all the synthetic threads I love to use for embellishing, thread sketching and quilting. I use mostly Isacord but also quite a bit of Sulky and Mettler, especially the variegated threads. I laid out several of each brand, both solid and variegated and touched the iron to them. Whoa, Nellie!
|Results of ironing various threads.|
1) The 100% polyester variegated threads by Mettler and Isacord disintegrated immediately. Mettler more quickly and more completely than Isacord. (top 2 threads in picture are Isacord, third one down is Mettler. )
2) The Sulky variegated threads are made of rayon – the iron did not affect them. These are threads 4 and 5 from the top in the picture.
3) All the polyester solids were affected a little – but you had to really iron the heck out of them to see any effect. Threads 6 and 7 are Mettler and Isacord solids, respectively.
My iron was set its usual temperature: cotton, with steam.
I wonder why this difference? Anyway, quilter beware!