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Why Do I Need Hand-Dyed Threads?

<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Hand-dyed threads are often considered better than machine-dyed threads because they offer several unique benefits:</span></p> <ol> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Variation: Hand-dyed threads tend to have more variation in color and texture, which can add depth and interest to your stitching projects.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Richness: Hand-dying often results in a deeper, more richly colored thread that can add dimension and vibrancy to your work.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Unique: Each batch of hand-dyed threads is unique, so you can be sure that your projects will stand out.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Artistic expression: Hand-dying is a form of artistic expression, and the dyer's personal touch and creativity can add an extra layer of beauty and meaning to your work.</span></p> </li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Machine dye threads have abrupt color transitions forming definite lines on top of your quilt or in your embroidery.&nbsp; With hand-dyed threads, the smooth color transition and rich shading within each color section give you the beauty of painted-thread, highly contributing to the artistic quality of your project. Valdani threads are ALL minutely hand-dyed&nbsp; in over 330 rich colors, through an artisan process of true craftsmanship and art.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Of course, not all hand-dyed threads are equal, and the quality of the dyeing process and the fibers used can greatly impact the overall look and feel of the thread.</span></p>

Why Do I Need the Best Cotton Thread?

<p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">Only long-staple cotton threads have the necessary strength required to last through multiple washes, wear and tear and through time. Your work is a work of art that deserves to last through generations. This is why Valdani threads are made out of the finest quality of long-staple Egyptian cotton. </span></p>

Why Do I Need Colorfast Threads?

<p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">It happens over and over again! You hardly finish a project after countless hours of work and the first wash ruins it! This is true for most machine-dyed threads and ALL hand-dyed ones, EXCEPT for Valdani! We are very proud to be the only manufacturer who creates Hand-Dyed threads that are 100% GUARANTEED COLORFAST! <br />In ALL colors! ALL variegates, solids and overdyes!&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <div class="flex flex-grow flex-col gap-3"> <div class="min-h-[20px] flex flex-col items-start gap-4 whitespace-pre-wrap"> <div class="markdown prose w-full break-words dark:prose-invert light"> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Colorfastness is an important quality of threads because it determines how well the color of the thread will hold up over time and under different conditions. If a thread is not colorfast, it can bleed, fade, or change color, ruining the look of your stitching project.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Here are some reasons why colorfastness is important:</span></p> <ol> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Preservation: If you are creating an heirloom piece, you want to ensure that the colors will last for generations to come.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Consistency: If you are working on a multi-thread project, you want to make sure that the colors you choose will remain consistent and not fade or change over time.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Staining: Non-colorfast threads can bleed onto other materials, such as fabric or your hands, causing staining that is difficult or impossible to remove.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Reduced value: A non-colorfast thread can reduce the value of your finished project, as the colors may not be as vibrant and true as they were when the project was first completed.</span></p> </li> </ol> <p>When selecting threads, it's important to look for those that are specifically labeled as colorfast to ensure that your project will maintain its beauty over time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="flex justify-between"> <div class="text-gray-400 flex self-end lg:self-center justify-center mt-2 gap-3 md:gap-4 lg:gap-1 lg:absolute lg:top-0 lg:translate-x-full lg:right-0 lg:mt-0 lg:pl-2 visible">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p>

Are Dye-Lots Identical?

<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The Valdani threads are Hand-Dyed, even the solid colors. This means that there is much less control of the color than with machine-dyed / industrially-dyed threads. Unfortunately not even the latter can boast 100% identical dye-lots.<br />At Valdani our dyers are making huge efforts to identically repeat the shade from batch to batch.&nbsp; This is not technically possible, as it depends upon uncontrollable factors. Thanks to expensive procedures though, we can confidently assert that our threads have the best color consistency compared with the other Hand-Dyed threads on the market.</span></span></p>

What Uncontrollable Factors Influence the Color Outcome?

<div class="answer_default answer"> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The dyeing process, especially the Hand-Dyeing one, is influenced by many uncontrollable factors. Among the most important of these factors we need to mention:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;">the shade of the raw material/ cotton - depends upon the respective harvest in a rainy or dry year.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;">the quality of the cotton - there can be differences in quality between different harvests of the same type of cotton.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;">what the weather is like while the respective dye-lot is being made - a rainier day will make the color different from the one achieved on a sunny day.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 14pt;">the temperature outside (see above).</span></li> </ul> </div>

What Thread Weight Should I Use?

<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Our 50wt.</span> is slightly heavier than regular sewing thread. Excellent for piecing, sewing, beautiful in quilting when you do not want too heavy a thread.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Our 40wt.</span>&nbsp; ( The CottonLook Poly) is slightly heavier tha our 50wt., great for quilting, stitching, heavy-duty sewing.<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;"><br />Our 35wt.</span> is a highly decorative quilting thread, for both machine and hand. This is by far the most popular quilting thread when you want the thread to really enhance the beauty of the quilt.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Our Pearl Cotton size 12</span> is one of the most decorative thread we manufacture that you can put both on top and in the bobbin of your machine with most beautiful results. Excellent for machine and hand quilting, machine and hand embroidery, hardanger, decorative stitching, needle punching, crochet, miniature knitting, tassel and fringe-making.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Our Pearl Cotton size 8</span> is a heavier thread, highly decorative, that you can use in machine and hand couching, hand embroidery, hardanger, decorative stitching, needle punching, crochet, tassel and fringe-making.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Note: our Pearl Cottons are slightly heavier than DMC in the same size.</span></p>

Is My Bobbin to Blame for Broken Threads?

<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Read about Janni White 's amazing discovery:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">"Long Arm Quilting Machines:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Broken threads, stress and disgusted but happy!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">For more than a year, I would go through periods of total disgust and stress over inconsistent thread tensions, backlash and broken thread. I would make an adjustment and when I changed bobbins things would go haywire!! I tried every imagined process and was still inconsistent in my tensions and broken thread. I became convinced that the problem was confined mainly in the bobbin case some how. I tried everything I could think of. Without boring you with all the trial and errors, I just mention a few conclusions that I came up with.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(1) Most of my problems came after changing a bobbin!!</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(2) A lot of my problems were associated with needles other than Schmitz.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(3) Many problems were associated with the method in which the bobbins were wound.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(4) The main problem was the fact that not all my bobbins were the same thickness!!!!!</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(5) The bobbin case spring was inadequate for the variations in bobbin thickness thus BACKLASH and lo &amp; behold, guess what, broken threads. I tried various methods including the STAR washer for the large bobbins and got the same results. I used a piece of batting behind the spring this method seem to work well until I unknowingly inserted a thin bobbin and again the backlash and broken thread began with a bobbin change.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(6) The bobbin winder did not wind a good bobbin the tension and spool centers were too close, only 8 inches. (The 930 Bernina has 11 inch centers and winds a perfect bobbin in the slow speed.) The variable speed was also a problem in that it was difficult to maintain a constant and this changes the consistency of wraps on the bobbin. When the full bobbin disengage apparatus puts pressure on the thread as the diameter of the thread increases, this also affects the thread wraps and may cause backlash in the bobbin case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">As you can see my efforts concentrated around the BOBBIN.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">OK what did I do to correct MY problem? Please note, all my changes have worked for me and if you are not having a problem may I suggest ?don?t mess with it, if it ain?t broken?.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(A) I replaced my bobbin winder apparatus with one that has a 10 inch spool to tension discs centers. I added a constant variable motor switch. I run the motor as a somewhat slow speed and get perfect bobbins. I disengage the full spool manually.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(B) I have a 1-inch dial micrometer and I measured all my (aluminum) Bobbins.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">I put them into 2 categories one thick and one thin. I use the thick ones. The thin ones range up to .012 thinner than the thick ones.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(C) I discarded the bobbin case spring and use a self made thin washer that prevents backlash and my thread tensions remain constant, except for a single turn on top tension one way or the other depending on the size thread I am using.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">(D) I purchased a 7gal air tank that I keep filled via my outside compressor.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">This setup with flex hose and nozzle is handy when cleaning the hook area and needle clamp area of fuzz! Also cleans the rails nicely.</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">I have been using this method for a month now and just changed my fiber cloth washer for the first time. Never have I been so pleased with the success. No broken threads, no missed stitches. I feel confident when the machine sound changes it's not the broken thread but an empty bobbin! <br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Having Fun</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Happy Quilter</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;">A-1 owners, Wayne &amp; Janni http://www.janniquilt.com "</span></p>

My Thread Is Breaking. What Can I Do?

<div>1. Have someone else watch the thread path as you sew...sometimes a person can spot the problem area, but not unless the machine is going....<br /><br />2. Change back to a thread you used successfully before that did not break, using a sample piece (with the same weight batting, if you are quilting). If it still breaks, look at the tension adjustment check spring. <br />- <em>For Longarmers:</em> check the "arm", it should be at 10:30 o'clock (halfway between 9:00 and 12:00on a clock). -</div> <div><br />3. Try rotating the needle a tad to the right so the thread enters the needle hole at a better angle. The edge of the needle hole may be abrasing the thread and building up a pile of "lint" that won't go through the hole, so it breaks.</div> <div><br />4. ...sometimes when quilting the fabric is too tight. You need a little bit of bounce in the quilt top and backing. If it is too tight it will break your thread.</div> <div><br />5.<em>- For Longarmers:</em> "I found that I fought with my machine for about 4 weeks, until I got the handle on how to touch her. She beat me into submission. It does get better. The intermitent tensioner on the Gammill is about the most frustrating thing I have ever encountered, because it only takes an eigth of a twist one way or another and all h... breaks loose. I would try threading the machine differently through the three-hole thing and don't be afraid to adjust the tension on the bobbin. In order to get mine to work with the kind of stitch that I like my bobbin tension is a lot looser than normal. Everyone's machine is different from the next, what works on might be completely opposite on another."</div> <div><br />6. - For Longarmers: "When I first got my machine I had the same problem. My top tension just needed to be too tight to get a balanced stitch so I loosened my bobbin tension to where the bobbin will literally drop to the floor if I let go of the thread. This is looser than A1 recommends (and other manufacturers as well), but for me and my machine it works best. Then, you can loosen your top tension up and still have a balanced stitch." -A-1 owners, Wayne &amp; Janni http://www.janniquilt.com "</div>

My Thread Is Leaving Too Much Lint...

<p>If your thread is leaving too much lint, there are a few things you can try to resolve the issue:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Change the needle: Using a needle that is too small or too large for the thread can cause excess lint. Try using a needle that is specifically designed for the thread you are using.</p> </li> <li> <p>Adjust the tension: Loose tension can cause thread to unravel, producing more lint. Adjust your machine's tension to see if that resolves the issue.</p> </li> <li> <p>Clean your machine: Lint can accumulate in the bobbin case and other parts of your sewing machine, affecting the performance of the machine and the quality of your stitching. Clean your machine regularly to remove any built-up lint.</p> </li> <li> <p>Use a lint roller: Before beginning your project, run a lint roller over your fabric to remove any fibers that may contribute to lint buildup.</p> </li> <li> <p>Always use a as a high-quality mercerized cotton or silk thread to avoid lint building. </p> </li> </ol>

Ordering Process

How can I order your products?

<p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">All our products are available online for purchase. You need to open an account online in order to buy the Valdani threads on our site. If you experience any problems with placing your order online, you can call us during business hours Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (MST) and we will place the order for you. You can also e-mail us with a list of products that you would like to purchase. If we have any questions, we will call you back to clarify. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Alternatively, we have many stores and distributors that carry our products. Furthermore, our products can be found on Amazon and many other shopping sites. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Call us for more information, we are here to help!</span></p>

How do I pay?

<p>You can pay by credit card or PayPal. We take Mastercard and Visa cards.</p>

Do I get billed right when I place my order?

<p>No, although we ask for a credit card at the time of placing the order, your card only gets billed once the order is completed and ready to ship. Typically it takes us 1-3 days to have your order ready. However, if an item that is out of stock is due to arrive in a few days, we will wait to ship your order so that we ship to you your complete order.</p>

How do I find out the status of my order?

<p>To find out the status of your order, you can log into your account. Go to your order history. An icon will specify the status of your order.&nbsp; You can also call us at 1.866.825.3264 (+1.780.458.7510) Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm MST.</p>

I have a store, how do I order?

<p>In order to order wholesale, you need to have a Valdani wholesale account. You can create one online or by calling us. You will need your business license and all the information pertaining to the business. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9.00 - 4.00 pm (MTS), 1-866-VALDANI.</p>

I am a designer, do you have a designer program?

<p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We work with designers by offering a range of threads in different colors and textures to be used in various designs. We collaborate with designers to bring their vision to life and add a unique touch to their creations. Valdani Threads also offers custom color matching services to ensure that their threads perfectly match the designer's requirements. By working with designers, Valdani Threads aims to support and inspire creativity in the quilting, needlework and embroidery community. Do you qualify for the Vadani Designer Program? Please ask one of our sales managers to send you a copy of the Valdani Designer Program. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9.00 - 4.00 pm (MTS), 1-866-VALDANI.</span></p>

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Do you ship to my country?

<p>We ship all over the world. We use Canada Post, UPS and FedEx. We strive to maintain a 1-3 days average time-to-ship. However, if an item that is out of stock is due to arrive in a few days, we will wait to ship your order so that we ship to you your complete order. If you need more information about delivery time and shipping cost, please call us.</p>

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