So on a recent visit from Sabine Lippert I decided to give her way a go. Single Sonoko thread. It has more elasticity and so I can pull tight and get really good tension with single thread. Usually my tension is completely even and has enough fluidity in it. I've got a rhythm that works. With Sonoko thread I did a length of cubic raw that needed to bend around a fancy stone. I pulled tighter in some places than others and got a 1/2 inch of unbendable craw in the middle of the piece! For me, knowing I could achieve this tension with pulling tightly was a revelation as usually with single thread I cannot.
This bezel definitely benefits from single thread as the row of embellishment on it's surface was difficult. My second one with the sonoko thread was easier. Having said that, I immediately cut the thread with the 2mm crystal edge embellishment, so I switched back to fireline for that part. I'm always a tad reluctant to suggest two different threads within a piece and especially to be specific about brand. I must agree with Sabine however that my Sonoko thread experience has been superior to other nylon threads I've tried.
I'm beading a second wind beneath my wings and I've decided to continue my experimentation with the hubble band and craw bezel. In both cases the Sonoko thread has served me well. I can definitely see a different where I've pull too tight and am getting way more tension then I typically achieve even with doubled wax fireline.
So as the saying goes, I guess you can teach old dogs or old bead artists new tricks!