One of the most wonderful things about working at Superior Threads is seeing the new products they bring out to the market.
When Bob first told us about developing a new titanium coated needle for home machines I was excited. Titanium coated needles have been available for long arm and industrial machines for years, and I knew I wanted the same quality of needle for my home sewing and quilting.
By adding a thin coat of titanium layered to the needle, this process extends the life of the needle by 5 to 8 times. For example, if you normally change out your needle about every 8 hours (which is the recommended time) the titanium needle will last 40-60 hours.
Anything that requires less maintenance as I'm sewing sounds good to me.
Plus, in the long run you can save up to 80% in cost because you use less needles.
Here is a chart Superior has offered to help us understand which needle can be used for which project:
Topstitch #80/12 for piecing and for sewing with fine threads.
Topstitch #90/14 for the majority of threads.
Topstitch #100/16 for heavier threads.
How about for metallic threads? Topstitch #90/14. Under a microscope, other brands of Topstitch and Metallic needles are almost identical. There is no need for both styles.
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Plus he tells great jokes that you can share with your family.
Superior Threads also produces a blog, that includes information on new products, existing products, upcoming events, along with some personal insights into their company. The blog is called Mother Superior's Blog and you can find it HERE.