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All About Thread
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Can you imagine sewing without thread? It would be impossible to get decent results. Thread is what holds your sewing project together. There’s nothing that can really take its place. How you choose thread, what kind you use can really make a difference in your finished garment.

There are many varieties of thread, used for different purposes. It comes in different sizes from 10 to 150. When the thread size is a higher number, the thread is finer. The exception to this is that silk thread is sometimes sized A to F, with A being the finest.

Thickness and number is what determines the sizing of your thread and how thick the thread is. Pies are the smaller, individual strands of fiber that are twisted into the larger main strand, the thread. An example of this would be a 50/3 thread which is made of 3 plies. The direction in which the thread is twisted together is called, conveniently, the twist. When sewing by hand remember to sew in the direction of the twist. This way you will have fewer pesky kinks and less unwanted knotting. Your sewing process will be easier, smoother, and ultimately faster.

Finding the twist is actually very easy. It is usually the end of the thread that comes off the spool first. It usually runs from the loose end of the thread towards the spool. I may seem more time efficient to cut the thread as long as possible. You may think that it will save you time because, supposedly, you won’t have to thread your needle as much. This is a mistake and I used to make it until I figured out that just the opposite is true. Never cut the thread any longer that your arm because the longer the thread the more difficult it will be to handle. It will bunch up on itself and knot repeatedly, making sewing frustrating.

To make your thread easier to put through your needle cut the end at a pointed slant. This creates an end on your thread which will hold together better and will fight you less when being pushed through the eye of the needle. If you have cut your thread and didn’t pay attention to the twist look at the thread’s ends. Knot the end of thread that flares open.

When choosing thread try to find thread that is high quality but is not as strong as your fabric. This may sound counter-intuitive but there is a reason. Sometimes, even in the highest quality of garment, a seam is torn, or a hem comes undone and if your thread is stronger than your fabric you’ll tear the fabric. It is much easier to fix a seam when it’s the thread that breaks and not the fabric that has holes in it.

Use finer thread for lighter weight fabric and thicker thread for heavier fabric. Thickness and number is what determines the sizing of your thread and how thick the thread is. Never thread your needle any longer than your forearm and you’ll avoid a lot of headache.


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