Heather: Hi, Mother Superior here, and I’d
like to introduce you to the Chancellor of Superior University. Ricci: Hi, I’m Ricci. Heather: And both of us together are the “know
it alls” of Superior Threads. We get questions all the time from different customers by phone
or by e-mail. And they ask questions about our threads and we’re about to start to help
them. So we’d like to introduce today, Razzle Dazzle. Razzle Dazzle is a polyester thread twisted
with our glitter. That gives it a really nice sparkle, and it adds a really nice effect
on garments, on quilting, anywhere you need something that’s a little thicker to make
a statement. We’re going to talk about all the different aspects of the Razzle Dazzle. Ricci: Heather, Susan from Iowa called, and
she wanted to know what size needle she should use with Razzle Dazzle. Heather: That’s the trick. Razzle Dazzle’s
too thick to go through any needle, so there is no recommended needle for Razzle Dazzle.
We wind it on a bobbin, and we sew from the underside and that’s how we attach Razzle
Dazzle. Ricci: So if Razzle Dazzle’s too thick to
go through a needle, how do I wind it on my bobbin? Heather: No problem. You wind it like a regular
thread using your machine and the bobbin that is provided for your machine. Ricci, how many
colors is Razzle Dazzle available in? Ricci: It’s available in 25 colors. Some of
them are multicolored, and some are solid. Heather: And you have this nifty card that
shows all of them? Is this real thread? Ricci: Yes, it is. It’s wound, and it’s all
real thread. So you can really tell the colors of each one. Joan from California wanted to
know what thread she should use in the top when she has Razzle Dazzle in the bobbin? Heather: Easy. Any of the threads from Superior
Thread work on the top. Ricci: Would you please explain couching to
Joan from Nevada? Heather: Yeah. Couching is when you take a
thick thread that doesn’t go through the needle and you place it on top of the fabric and
then you stitch it down. You can do it by hand or machine. Ricci: I’ve heard the term, bobbin work or
reverse quilting. What is that? Heather: That is when your thread in the bobbin
becomes the focus thread, and the way to do that is by stitching with the front of the
quilt down and you stitch from the back. For reverse quilting or bobbin work you put your
Razzle Dazzle in your bobbin, and then you would start quilting as normal except this
time you put the face of the quilt down and the back of the quilt is facing you. That
way when you quilt you have the Razzle Dazzle being quilted on the other side, and that
gives you this wonderful effect. When winding Razzle Dazzle on the bobbin,
don’t use your horizontal spool. You want to use your vertical spool. Place your Razzle
Dazzle there, and where you would normally make a figure eight to wind the bobbin, put
it in the clip so it has some tension. Place the bobbin there, wrap
and wind. That gives you a perfectly round
bobbin. Ricci: We’ve had people ask us about loading
the heavier threads into your bobbin and then that into your case. They want to know whether
they have to change their tension. Most of the time, you do not have to do that. Once
you’ve pulled that through, you’ll see that it moves rather smoothly. If you find you have to change your tension,
it’s the larger screw on your bobbin case. Think of it as a clock. In this case, if you
want to go left loosey, you just turn about five minutes. That’s all you need to do. Then
lay it down and try it. If it’s smooth, you’re perfect. When you’re finished using this thread,
take that screw again and move it back to five minutes and you’re back where you were
before. If you have a drop-in bobbin, there’s really no need to change any tension. It’ll
work fine. We suggest when you’re using a heavier thread
in your bobbin, you bring the thread up through your piece. So just take one stitch down and
one stitch up. Lift up your presser foot. And just pull on that thread, and you’re going
to find that you’ll be able to pull that through. It may seem heavy. Don’t worry. Then I’m ready
to go ahead and stitch. Then there’s the stitching we have on the back of your quilt if you will
or your piece. You turn it over and here’s the wonderful stitching with the Razzle Dazzle,
pretty easy. Heather: One advantage of Razzle Dazzle is
that it’s thick and bold. I can sew just once, an outline stitch on this feather and it shows
up so well. On this Sofine 50 I had to come back many times on that spine to give it definition,
only once with Razzle Dazzle. This is a jacket I made and here’s a close
up of the Razzle Dazzle on it. It was actually done on a long arm using two contrasting Razzle
Dazzle colors. When I finished, I made the jacket, and I also used Razzle Dazzle to make
the cording to fasten the jacket. When you’re finished using Razzle Dazzle,
to store it there’s a catch on the bottom of the spool. That will secure your thread.
Trim the excess and then you can use a thread net that will hold everything in place or
nif-T Thread Tape works very well for this, too. It sticks on itself, and it keeps the
thread intact.

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