The thread you use is really one of personal preference. I have used Nymo for years with no problem. Although I use it off of a big cone and not the little bobbins. I read somewhere that the quality between the two does differ, the cone being stronger and better. I don’t know if this is true or just one of those urban myths. What I do notice though, is the cone thread is less likely to kink and knot than the bobbin thread. You really need to stretch out the bobbin thread to get all those curly ques out. I like Nymo for its different weights. I have a cone of size “00” which is really fine. I use it when I bead with size 18 or even smaller beads.
I have also worked with Silimaide. I like it for its strength, but I hate trying to thread a needle with it.
I have to say, that my absolute favorite thread is SoNo thread. It is a Japanese beading thread. It may be a bit harder to come by. There is a (popular BIG ) supplier that sells it for about $12 per spool (OUTRAGEOUS PRICE), you can get it for about $4.30 from
http://moondancedesigns.com (tell them I sent you!).
Many people like Fireline, or Power Pro. These are strong threads. I have not used them much, because I love SoNo for much of the work I do. If I beaded more with crystals, I think I would switch over to one of those two threads for the strength.
I also prefer to use white thread most times. I only use black when the beads I use are mostly black. I don’t like how the darker threads darken the beads that are transparent or semi transparent. I usually want the beads to remain true to the color that I chose them for. If I need to, I will use a felt tipped pen (permanent marker) in the appropriate color to color the outside thread edges of the beadwork where they show.
Norm The Gnome in the Know's Response:
I use spider web threads (also known as gossamer or spider silk). They are very strong, did you know that spider silk is superior to high quality steel in tensile strength? It doesn’t cost much either, you just have to go and harvest it. There are a lot of spider webs in the garden. The problem is getting it away from the spider. It tends to be a bit sticky and you have to be careful not to be caught in it and become the spider’s meal I lost my cousin Lothar that way.
My Asian friends like to use silk, it is much less hazardous to get, but silk threads are a lot of work to process and who wants to feed worms all day?
Barney the Brainy Bruin's response:
Thread? Hmmm….I guess that would have to be fishing line. Besides berries and honey, I love fish. I have been teaching my nephew Billy, to fish. It is a great activity. We will fish for all kinds of fish, but salmon is our favorite.
Isn’t that what they make Power Pro for? Not for you silly jewelry makers! No wonder we fisher-bears have a hard time finding it. You silly people buy it all and leave none for us. Go make your own materials and leave the fishing stuff for us bears (and sportsmen…but mostly for us bears!).