In the world of sewing, there are very few hard and fast rules that must be followed. Most of the rules we follow are based on opinion and experience. My two most recent quilting projects, the table runner…..
and the quilted throw…….
used monofilament, or invisible thread for the needle thread with a cotton thread in the bobbin for all the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Usually, the rule I follow is to use cotton quilting thread for all the quilting except in two specific instances. First, if the top of my quilted project has very different colors in it, I usually opt for the monofilament thread since it will not draw attention to itself as the project is stitched through the different colored areas (this was the case for the table runner). In the second case, if the backing and the top of the quilted project are two very different colors. This was the case for the quilted throw
where the back was a deep chocolate brown solid and the top was made up of fabrics that had various shades of beige. If I had used light beige for the top thread and dark brown for the bobbin, evenly spaced “picks” of beige would have shown through on the dark background, where the top thread joined the bobbin thread. By using the monofilament thread on the top, it disappeared into the various shades of beige on the top of the quilt and did not show at all on the dark solid back.
Though I would not use monofilament thread to stitch out the embroidery designs (I used a 30 weight cotton thread),
it proved very helpful in hiding my stitches for the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. I hope you’ll give this a try.