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How to choose sewing thread


Knowing which thread to choose for your sewing project is a key part of a successful outcome. Thread that is too small or weak can result in a project that falls apart; thread too wide or coarse can split or tear the fabric. Here is some guidance on choosing the correct sewing thread for your sewing project.


Steps 1.Identify which type of sewing you are undertaking

Some types of sewing are more complex in the requirements for threads because they require decorative as well as practical sewing techniques.

Other types are very straightforward,which is best performed with commonplace,simple cotton or rayon threads.The general types of sewing include:

Darning to repair rips,tears,and holes in garments and fabric items

Sewing up a pattern such as a dress,apron,etc.

Embroidery:this covers a very wide range of possible sewing techniques including needlepoint, cross-stitch,crewel work,ribbon embroidery,etc.

The threads for embroidery may be many and varied, even within a single project.


Steps 2.Learn the main types of sewing thread

Polyester thread   Rayon thread

Cotton thread     Metallic thread

Nylon thread


Steps 3. Consider the qualities of sewing thread

Knowing the properties of the threads will help you to decide the usefulness and desirability of using them for your specific project. The following list with explanations will help you choose a thread that is suitable for your project:

Polyester thread:These are strong threads that have excellent give for sewing projects. They tend to come in an all-purpose weight (size 50); they often have a wax or silicone finish that allows the thread to slip through fabric with little friction. This is suitable for most machine and hand sewing projects.This thread is suitable for fabrics with stretch in them and is especially good for woven synthetics, knits and stretch fabrics.

The appearance of this thread will be waxy or shiny, not matte like plain cotton.

All-purpose thread-this is cotton-wrapped polyester thread and is widely available for sewing. This is suitable for using with most fabrics and is cheap and easily obtainable. It is not,however, a good thread to use for embroidery projects.

Cotton thread: The usual cotton thread found on reels in most haberdashery and craft stores is ideal for basic sewing. Most cotton threads are mercerized, a coating that lets the dye take more easily and results in a lustrous appearance. This cotton has limitations, however, as it has no “give” and can break if used on fluid fabrics, such as stretch knit fabric. On the plus side, cotton is ideal for delicate fabrics and projects, such as lingerie and sheer fabrics.

Nylon thread:This is a strong thread that is suitable for using on light to medium weight synthetic fabrics. It is a fine thread, usually in size A.

Rayon thread:Rayon embroidery thread works well to create flat stitches where cotton embroidery thread might stand too high.

Metallic threads: Metallic threads are used for goldwork embroidery and for embellishment on items such as handbags. The colors are gold, silver, and copper.


Steps 4. Select sewing thread according to the right color

Once you have decided which type and strength of thread is suitable for your project, you will need to match its color.This is where it is a really good idea to purchase the entire quantity of thread in the color you are using to ensure that you keep the same batch color quality throughout the sewing project, especially in the case of embroidery. If you cannot find an exact color match, select a color of thread one to two shades darker than the fabric color to blend in. Light thread will stand out more.


Steps 5. Consult the sewing instructions

It is important to read the instructions of any sewing pattern or embroidery project from beginning to end prior to undertaking a project. The pattern or instructions should tell you what thread it recommends. It is a good idea to try to match the recommendation exactly, or as closely as possible, to ensure the best outcome for the project. When you are more experienced, you will be able to make thread substitutes with the full understanding of the end results.


Steps 6. Purchase quality thread

Cheap thread is cheap thread and will not last. Quality thread costs more but is definitely worth it to ensure the quality and durability of your project in the case of embroidering.


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