As the weekend is upon us again it's time for part three of the "choosing the right...." mini series of blogs from Ruby Summer Sew Amazing. I can't believe I am already sat here writing part three! Where does the time go?! I have been really busy sketching this week - lots of awesome handbag designs and quilts too. At least time flies when I'm having fun.
This week is all about choosing the right thread for your project. There are many types of thread for machine sewing but to me one of the most important rules DO NOT BUY THE CHEAPEST THREAD YOU CAN GET YOUR GRUBBY MITTS ON! It will snap, ruck up and drive you insane! It is always worth paying little more to save not only your sanity, breaking needles etc but also your project.
Okay, so the main threads you will come across are:
Great for non-stretch fabrics as it doesn’t “give”. A good rule is cotton on cotton If you use cotton on stretchy fabric the stitches can break – not a good look!
My fave! It’s an all purpose thread that works on all fabrics and is also great for hand sewing
This can have a shiny appearance. Works really well with synthetic or very stretchy fabrics
Beautiful for lingerie or delicately woven fabrics. Stretchier than cotton so works on stretchy cottons too
Used for upholstery projects or if sewing with very stiff or very heavy fabrics. Is extra strong and produces durable stitching.
There are tons of specialist effect threads out on the market too. If you are interested in knowing more about these please let me know and I will write a blog about them for you.
Choosing the right colour thread.....
If you want your thread to match - choose a shade to fit in with the most dominant colour in your fabric
If you can't find a perfect match- go a shade or two lighter or darker
If you want your stitches to stand out - choose a highly contrasting shade e.g. white thread on navy fabric.
For easy special effects - try using a variegated cotton thread designed especially for sewing machines (I love them!)
Don't forget that your sewing machine manual can also give you guidance about the type of threads to use with it.
Until next week when we are looking at choosing good quality tools for your sewing room that will see you long in to the future and ultimatley save you money! (never thought I would hear myself say that!)
Have a fabulously crafty weekend out there in blogland.
I'm off to see whether Mr Grey lives up to the hype!
See you all next week xxxxxxxxxxxxJxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx