|Pictured L to R: Mettler, Coats & Clark , King Tut and Aurifil.|
Since I first started quilting back in 1979, the tools and notions that have become available are astounding. Back then, the choice of quilting thread was very limited. The best on the market was Coats & Clark, the top brand in threads. Flash forward and the choice is mind boggling. In the beginning I used the Coats & Clar and a Swedish brand that is no longer marketed. Then I segued into Mettler, my favorite brand until now. Curiosity prompted me to try 2 new quilting threads--King Tut and Aurifil. I conducted an elemental and unbiased test of all 4. Now the Coats & Clar is my least favorite; it's glazed and I don't particularly like glazed threads. Of the remaining 3, I have to say the Aurifil was the favorite. The other 2 are good, no doubt, and the difference in the top 3 is incremental. Of course, I'll still use all 4 brands I have on hand. They are all good quality cotton threads and represent a significant investment. I've used all 4 on a singular project and the difference is not even noticeable. but when I have to replenish, I'm going for the Aurifil. it's the right thing to do...for me anyway.