Let's Talk About.... Thread

September 09, 2018

Let's Talk About.... Thread

Choosing the correct thread for your project starts with knowing the basic properties of thread and the options available. It can be overwhelming when you realise how many different types of thread are out there. The trick to thread selection is to choose the correct weight/thickness, fiber and finish for your project. Generally speaking, an all-purpose polyester works well for most general sewing projects. However, there are times when you may need to or may want to experiment with different types of thread.

Poor quality thread has so much lint and breaks easily and can take the joy out of any sewing project. I always look at a strand of thread - if I see a "fluffiness" to the strand I know my sewing machine isn't going to like it. Each type of thread has specific characteristics and will behave differently on sewing machines. Threads are either made of a natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, linen) or synthetic fibers (rayon, polyester, nylon). While there are dozens of fiber types that could be twisted and spun into thread, there are a handful of common fibers that are used in sewing, quilting, overlocking and embroidery.

At Sewing Adventures we always recommend that you buy good quality thread -  what you buy can really effect the way your machine sews, it solves any thread issues and quality thread also ensures that your machine is a happy one.

Our Studio uses Rasant Thread in our machines and in our kids classes. Rasant is a 50% polyester and 50% cotton thread, one of the very few on the market. The construction of this thread is a polyester core with a cotton wrap. The polyester core gives the thread its strength and the cotton wrap makes the thread soft and smooth. Rasant thread can be used for most applications and we simply love it for dressmaking, making bags and for quilting.

Sewing Adventures is excited to tell you that we are now stocking our favourite thread!  We currently have 36 colours in our range which are $7 each or 5 for $30.  Check them out next time you are in the studio.

 




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