So I have started on a quilt for my as-good-as teenage neice. For data protection reasons, my sister, her mother, has asked me not to reveal her name to you so we will just call her "my neice". She sent me a swatch of her wallpaper.
And a sketch of her design to work from.
I decided to raw edge applique the circles and letters as setting them in would not look as perfectly perfect and would also be a right kerfuffle. I was all set to blanket stitch around them in a heavy thread (you know I love a blanket stitch) when it occurred to me that perhaps my neice wouldn't like that folksy look. So I got in touch with Alex Veronelli (the lovely man from Aurifil) and asked for his advice. He suggested I try their new nylon monofilament invisible thread. Well, I confess I have tried nylon monofilament threads before and not liked them because they were kind of shiny and also melted under the iron.
So I did a little tester with blanket stitch and a straight stitch on a spare piece of fabric and, after playing about a bit and finally re-setting the tension to close to zero, the stitches looked perfect and as good as invisible. I then put my iron on full heat and let it sit on the stitches for five whole seconds. Lifted the iron and they were still there. Did the same for ten whole seconds. Lifted the iron and they were still there. I suspect Aurifil would not recommend such an excessive amount of heat but I was very happy with the results.
The thread comes in two colours - clear and smoke (which I guess I would use on darker fabrics). It comes in regular sized spools and in cones for long arm quilting. On my machine I used the regular sized spools and have sent the long arm spools off to my mate Trudi to try out and she will let you know what she thinks of the thread in due course.