Thread Tips

Thread Tips

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Additional Information


Thread Tips

  • 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.