I also tried using my precious Aurifil thread for handstitching the binding down. Precious, because it's not too easy to source in NZ and hence works out to be quite expensive because of postage. However, because everyone in blogland seems to rave about it, I was determined to try it. Chocolate Coated in Australia doesn't charge a fortune to send it across the ditch.
As far as quilting goes, it is a dream to use. My machine seemed to love it, maybe because the thread is very fine and silky. I had no idea that it would also be magic for hand stitching. It doesn't tangle and get knotted the same way my usual threads do. All in all a bit of a rave review from me, so I will continue on with my quest to find a cheap source!