Monday, February 14, 2011

Get Ready, Get Set 2 sew part 4

Today we have a guest writer! Sandra from
is here to tell you all about thread! Read what she has to say and then go visit her as well :)

Just as you match fabric and needles to your project, you will also want to choose the appropriate thread. There are many many types of threads to choose from in your typical fabric store. Here are some of your options (as pictured from left to right).  

General Purpose--just as it is named, this thread is for general purposes, and will be the thread you probably use most often. The two spools pictured (brown and pink) are different brands, and both are 100% polyester, which is a stronger thread with a little more stretch than 100% cotton thread.

Heavy Duty / Jeans thread--again, the name is self-explanatory. You will use this thread when you need more strength in your project, or when you want to topstitch on jeans. Notice that this spool is the typical jeans topstitching color. In most cases, you will use regular weight thread in your bobbin when topstitching with Jeans thread.

Upholstery thread --this is very strong thread that is used in upholstery

Wooly Nylon--this thread is most often used in serging or coverstitching, or for a rolled hem. It looks fuzzy, so it fills in the edges well on a rolled hem, and it stretches, so it works well for use with knit fabrics. Wooly nylon will melt, so be careful with your iron!

Serger thread--serger thread usually comes on large cones and is finer than regular thread because a serged seam results in more thread being in the seam.

Embroidery thread--embroidery thread most often comes is rayon or polyester. This spool (green) is polyester, and is most often used in machine embroidery, but it can be used to do decorative topstitching in a regular sewing machine.

Metallic thread--exactly as it is named, metallic thread is used to add metallic elements to your sewing or embroidery. Metallic thread breaks easily, and typically requires use of a special needle with a large eye.
Monofilament thread--this thread is clear, and looks a lot like fishing line. It is used to stitch when you want your thread to be virtually invisible.

There are certainly other types of thread not listed here, such as topstitching thread,
buttonhole twist, and quilting thread. You can read more about thread here:

Thanks so much Sandra for sharing your thread advice!


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