Bobbin Work with Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle is a sparkly 8-weight polyester thread made by Superior Threads. Due to its thickness, it isn’t intended to be used in the sewing machine needle but to be used for couching or bobbin work. I tried it for the first time earlier this year in my first lesson from Superior University.

Superior Threads has been dedicated to teaching the quilting, embroidery, and sewing world about thread, needles, tension, and successful sewing for over 10 years. They realized that we remember 10% of what we read or hear, 50% of what we see, and nearly 100% of what we do. Superior University was developed as a way to provide actual hands-on education in an independent study or distance learning format. I was intrigued.

Many of you know that I tried Superior’s Bottom Line thread for the first time while making Flourish on the Vine and that I loved it. What other great products did they have that I haven’t tried yet? Here was a good way to find out.

My first lesson arrived, along with my starter kit and 3-ring binder. Course 101 included a spool of Razzle Dazzle thread and instructions for using it in the bobbin. I had read about bobbin work, and understood how it worked, but I had never actually tried it. Now was my chance.

Our assignment was to make a “mug rug”, also known as a coaster. I wound a bobbin with the Razzle Dazzle thread and marked my design on the backing fabric. The coaster was constructed pillowcase fashion, using By Annie’s Soft and Stable for the batting layer. Using cotton thread in the needle, I stitched the marked design on the back. This process, known as bobbin work, easily couches a layer of thick thread on the front.

Coaster front using Razzle Dazzle thread in the bobbin

Coaster back using cotton thread in the needle

I even couched a strand of Razzle Dazzle by hand around the edge of the coaster to create a nice finished edge.

Razzle and dazzle are two words you would not probably associate with my work, but it was fun to use this thread and try bobbin work at the same time.


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