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Essential Tools: Thread

Evamarie Gomez-Bostic and Carol Fresia; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam talks about the many aspects of threads: how to select the right fiber, weight, and finish. The main categories are polyester, cotton, and silk thread.

Learn even more about thread in “How to Pick the Right Needle and Thread for Your Sewing Project.”

Standard construction thread is made of polyester, and it is it colorfast, heat-resistant, and durable. However, it also stretches slightly, and this can cause puckering in seams. Avoid this by winding the bobbin and stitching slowly.

This natural fiber thread is available in different types and finishes. For quilting, you may choose a glazed version. You’ll also find undyed, organic cotton thread. Cotton thread is nice to work with because it doesn’t stretch. Therefore, it helps eliminate puckered seams. One disadvantage of cotton thread is that it produces more lint than other varieties. You’ll need to brush lint off the machine and…

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