Mood Designer Fabrics Sewciety Blog

moodfabrics.com/blog · Jul 26, 2016

All About Threads

If you’ve ever found yourself staring at the notions wall with total confusion, don’t worry; we’ve all been there! Read on to learn everything you need to know about thread fiber types, and then it’s best to use them!

  • Cotton
    • Use when sewing natural fibers
      • Cotton
      • Linen
      • Wool
    • Heat durable
    • Great for gathering, basting, and finishing
  • Nylon/Rayon
    • Synthetic fibers
    • Typically transparent, like fishing line
    • Useful for purses, ourdoor cushions or umbrellas, and other heavy duty projects
  • Polyester
    • Use with synthetic fabrics
      • Polyester
      • Acetate
      • Rayon
    • Slight luster
    • Not heat-resistant
    • Stronger than cotton
  • Elastic
    • Perfect for ruching
    • Tricky to work with
  • Silk
    • Used mainly when sewing with silk
    • Can be good for detailing and embroidery
    • Super fine and flexible
  • Metallic
    • Mostly used for details and embellishments
    • Found often on handbags
  • Bobbin
    • Lightweight
    • Sometimes used on the wrong side of embroidery and applique
    • Great for basting
  • Wool
    • Good for heavy projects like upholstery
    • Often used for chunky embroidery or top-stitching

  • Special Occasion Dresses
    • Silk
    • Polyester
  • Casual Dresses
    • Cotton
    • Polyester
  • Button-Up Shirts
    • Cotton
  • Blouses
    • Cotton/Poly Blend
    • Silk
  • Knitwear & Sportswear
    • Polyester
    • Elastic
  • Quilting
    • Cotton
  • Machine Embroidery
    • Cotton
    • Silk
  • Jeans
    • Cotton/Poly Blend
    • Heavy Duty
  • Upholstery
    • Polyester or Wool
    • Nylon (for outdoors)

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