Sewing Thread: Choosing the Right Thread

Sewing ThreadChoosing the right sewing thread for your sewing project is vital for your sewing success, especially if you are using a high-end sewing machine. The more expensive electronic sewing machines are so finely calibrated that even just a little thread fuzz can wreck havoc on your machine’s performance. So, how do you choose the right sewing thread?

Types of Sewing Thread and Their Uses

Cotton thread (size 50) comes in multiple colors. This thread can be used on most sewing machines, if it is a quality thread. Store brands are cheaply made and often have small threads, some too small to see easily, fuzzing the side of the thread length. For this reason, most store brands should be avoided. Cotton thread is a good choice for cotton fabrics, rayons, and linens.

Cotton/polyester thread (size 60) is a fine thread used primarily for lingerie or other sewing when a very fine thread is required.

 Embroidery thread, not embroidery floss, (size 40) is often rayon, polyester, or a blend of the two. The array of colors availble in embroidery thread is incredible. This thread is well made, with very little fuzz. It can be used to sew most fabrics, including cotton, rayon, polyester, linen, knits, and many blends. Because it has so little fuzz, it works well for high-end electronic sewing machines and computerized embroidery machines. This is actually my thread of choice for almost all my sewing.

Silk thread (size A) is used for wool, silk, and most knits. It is very strong, and works well for machine sewing, hand sewing, tailoring, and basting. One of the best features of silk thread is that it does not leave holes from stitching after pressing. Some people like to use silk thread for applique and quilting.

Cotton-wrapped polyester is an all purpose sewing thread (size 50). It works well for most fabrics, but unless you are buying a quality brand like Coats & Clark, don’t use it. The store brands of cotton-wrapped polyester introduce too much fuzz into the machine’s inner workings.

Polyester thread (size 50) usually has a wax or silicone finish that helps it slip through fabric. Primarily used for woven synthetic fabrics, polyester sewing thread is also good for most stretch fabrics.

Nylon thread (size A) is used for machine basting, and can be used for most fabrics. It is also used in sewing nylon fabric and most lingerie fabrics. This is also a good bobbin thread.

Protect your sewing machine investment. Use only quality sewing thread manufactured by well-known companies, such as Coats & Clark or Sulky.

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One Yard Sewing Projects are Fun Easy Starter Projects!

one yard sewing projectsOne Yard Sewing Projects

Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished sewing enthusiast, easy one yard sewing projects are quick and fun to make.

One yard projects include purses, makeup bags, pencil bags, aprons, skirts, sleeveless tops, laundry bags, pillows, and hats. They also include stuffed toys, stand mixer covers, typewriter/computer covers, and much more.

My time is so limited that I don’t get much done in the way of sewing, these days.

I really don’t like to go back to a project once I have to leave it, as evidenced by the shirt I started my husband four years ago.

He outgrew it before I got around to finishing it, so I put it aside.

Now, he is losing weight, so I may yet finish it.

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! is a great one yard project resource. It even comes with an attached envelope that includes patterns for all the projects.

I have several of these easy sewing projects on my to-do list. I love one yard sewing projects. They are quick and easy, so I feel a sense of accomplishment! Over the next several weeks, I will be posting some of my favorite one yard projects.

You Need a Good Sewing Machine

Singer Sewing Machine
For any sewing project, you need a good sewing machine. I have been using this machine since summer 2014. It has a metal frame that is heavy enough it prevents the machine from ‘walking’ across the table while I am sewing. It is heavy-duty enough that I can sew denim with no trouble. I would buy this machine again. The built-in button hole and decorative and utilitarian stitches are a definite plus.

Do you enjoy sewing projects that only take one yard of fabric?

Sewing Scissors

Sewing ShearsSewing Shears are Precious Tools

My mom and grandmother both taught me to treat my sewing scissors as precious sewing tools. Scissors used for cutting paper, wire, cardboard, and other non-fabric items dull quickly. Dull shears will not cut fabric, but rather instead will chew the fabric, causing runs and snags in some fabric types.

The rule they taught me is to purchase the best pair you can afford, then keep them hidden so that no one will use them for non-fabric cutting.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker’s Shears

The sewing scissors my mom uses are Gingher shears. She has had her Ginghers for as long as I can remember. Actually, I remember getting in trouble a few times when I was a child for cutting paper with them.

They really keep a sharp edge. Mom used to cut very fine sand paper with them to sharpen them, but I recommend using a scissor sharpener instead.

 Fiskars 8 Inch Softouch Spring Action Razor Edged Scissor

These are the scissors I use when I sew. As I get older, my hands don’t have the strength they once did. The spring action helps prevent hand fatigue, and makes cutting patterns and fabric much easier.

I love that I can resharpen them with the Fiskars Desktop Scissors Sharpener.

What scissors do you prefer for sewing tasks?

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