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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/20 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win Article 9000, which is a collection of 50 spools of very colorful Dual Duty XP thread!

Dual Duty XP® general purpose sewing thread
50, 125 yard spools for sewing & quilting
Brilliant Colors including Multicolors
A Precision thread for Trouble-free Sewing:
· Combines Nearly 200 years of thread-making with new advanced technology
· Unique manufacturing process means consistent tension, excellent stitch formation and enhanced seam appearance.
· Polyester-wrapped, core-spun construction for a strong, smooth thread.
· New trap spool holds thread neatly and securely.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/20:
how do you pick your thread?

We want to congratulate Joboenvogue on winning yesterday’s Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book and bandanna kit! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway!


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    Dec 30, 2009, 03.33 PMby khalid

    I take a scrap piece of my fabric and match it to the thread and pick the best match! and obviously always check the quality of the thread if its strong or not!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 10.12 PMby generallee

    I have a stock of threads in my craft room. I generally purchase several spools of thread for different uses, ie. serging, embroidery, sewing, quilting etc… I purchase several spools in the same color family, different shades. With this practice, I generally have a spool of thread for whatever project I am working on. If it would happen that I didn’t have the correct color, I take a swatch of the fabric to the store and purchase the correct thread at that time. With the practice of stocking tread the way that I do, having an additional 50 spools would be fantastic!!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 05.24 PMby design26

    I choose the thread by purpose (fabric and construction type) and color (darker is better if you can’t find a perfect match)

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    Dec 23, 2009, 05.43 PMby ashchaser

    By the color and especially if i will be handsewing-then i get quilting thread cause nothing is more annoying than having to un-knot every stitch!

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    Dec 23, 2009, 05.08 PMby liaspace

    I tend to collect all colours of threads :) So I don’t really pick, I just get….then when I need a certain colour for a certain fabric, I just take out from my collection of threads :D

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    Dec 23, 2009, 09.44 AMby mayapop

    I pick my thread by using a crap of fabric to compare colors so I can find the best match. I uses the same color as the fabric or little darker.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 08.52 AMby girlywhirly

    I’m always usually quite open to what fabric or colour I’ll use for a project – I might have an idea in mind but nothing specific. I like to wait til I’m at the fabric shop before choosing the thread, as a new type or colour of fabric might jump out at me and then I can just pick a thread to match it! I also like to use a completely contrasting thread colour for topstitching – I think it looks really funky :)

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    Dec 22, 2009, 06.48 PMby Lee Avant

    I choose my thread based on the fabric that I´m going to sew and especially the color.

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    Dec 22, 2009, 06.26 AMby tsuyoikuma

    Generally in this order: Proven performance, use, color (match or desired contrast), composition.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 08.49 PMby stefalufagus

    If I can I take a fabric swatch with me or a picture of the fabric I’m planning to use. Depends on the project, but sometimes I match my thread and other times I want a contrasting thread. And of course the type of thread varies with the project.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 08.31 PMby chgonetshopper

    Like others are saying, I carry a fabric sample to the store : )

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    Dec 21, 2009, 09.59 AMby heleenschr

    Each time I’m making a new project, I’m looking for a matching thread with the fabric. Since I’m just starting I have to buy new ones every time.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 07.11 AMby sewingshay

    depending on the garment – I choose heavier threads for garments that take a lot of wear and tear. Mostly I use all purpose threads

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    Dec 21, 2009, 03.44 AMby couturecutie

    I choose it either by the complete opposite of the fabric, or a close match. Lately I haven’t been able to do that because I don’t have very many spools.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 02.31 AMby auschick

    Usually I take in a piece of the fabric and find thread by unraveling a bit and seeing which one blends in best with the fabric color. Recently though, I left my fabric scraps at home by accident, so did a best guess in the store. When I got home, I compared them but didn’t think they were quite the right colors, so took them back (with the fabric this time!). When I selected the replacement threads, I got to the front desk, only to realize that I’d selected the exact same thread colors!

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    Dec 21, 2009, 01.55 AMby amandahaas

    by the color of the garment i am working on

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    Dec 21, 2009, 12.46 AMby whiteowl

    General rule – don’t buy the cheap stuff!! You’ll only be disappointed!

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    Dec 21, 2009, 12.27 AMby betox702xsincity

    I pick my thread based on color and durability.

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    Dec 21, 2009, 12.05 AMby karrelle

    I usually take a scrap of fabric with me or the project I am working for the colour. I match the fiber of the thread with the fiber of the thread.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 11.34 PMby 29threads

    Usually match the fabric. For quilting I use white. For making bags and totes, I use army green.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 11.12 PMby athomas5

    I take a swatch of fabric to the store with me.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 11.00 PMby Passiona Cottee

    sometimes I try using ‘my colour memory’. If a musician can ‘know’ a note (like middle c) and reproduce it at any time, then it is possible to recognise colours from memory, too. give it a go

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.48 PMby permenjahe

    I take a piece of fabric that I will use to the thread shop, and look for thread that match with the fabric. Sometimes I just buy some thread in any colour that I like. I’ll use them for embroidery or fancy stich to embellish the clothes.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.31 PMby vickles

    I got a massive bag of threads with my sewing machine, so usually I try to find the best match I can out of them! Then if they all look awful I’ll head off to the shops and get a matching one!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.24 PMby lmariann

    i am just checking with the fabric colour. I really like when they are the same. when I am lazy, i use black or white thread. it suits to everything.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.21 PMby misa619

    If I’m purchasing fabric in a color other than black or white (which I always have on hand), I’ll usually go ahead and buy a matching color thread just in case I don’t have the proper color at home. I use up half-used spools of unusual colors for gathering and basting, so it never hurts to buy another spool when purchasing fabric.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.17 PMby joyk

    I take a bit of the fabric to the store and look for a match.

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.16 PMby sanho

    When I need to buy thread or buttons for some fabric, I cut a little bit of it and glue or clip it to my notebook, so I don’t forget the fabric when I pass by the store. As a result, sometimes my notebook looks like patchwork

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.16 PMby sanho

    When I need to buy thread or buttons for some fabric, I cut a little bit of it and glue or clip it to my notebook, so I don’t forget the fabric when I pass by the store. As a result, sometimes my notebook looks like patchwork

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    Dec 20, 2009, 10.07 PMby loyl8

    I try to match or not match depending on what I’m doing. I look for thickness of the thread that is appropriate for the project, try to use silk with silk, fine thread for fine fabrics, heavy duty for buttons and thick heavy fabric, elastic if that is what is needed, and so on and so forth.

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