- When sewing a stretchy fabric such as a knit or spandex fabric, use polyester thread as it has some give to it.
- Cotton thread is not as strong as polyester, but works well for patchwork or quilting, lighter weight cotton fabrics and woven natural fiber fabrics.
- For sturdy fabrics that take a lot of wear, polyester would work well, as it is strong.
- When selecting thread color to go with the fabric, select a shade darker as the thread looks lighter when sewn.
- Do not use hand-sewing thread in the machine; it is for hand sewing only.
- Rayon embroidery thread is designed for decorative stitches and machine embroidery where a sheen is desired, it is not strong enough to use for construction.
- For bold topstitching, as on jeans, heavy-duty thread gives a nice finish. Change to a topstitching needle and larger needle size to accommodate the thicker thread.
- Invisible thread is generally clear nylon or polyester that does not show much when sewn.
- Serger thread is a thin polyester thread on a cone for use on sergers when three or more threads are used together in a seam.