Silk sewing thread
I was taught that silk thread was the best for sewing wool garments, but I can’t find it anymore locally. I searched the web, and was bewildered by the unknown brands and brief descriptions. Doesn’t Guterman make silk sewing thread anymore? If not, what would be the best substitute? I plan to make a tailored all wool suit. I have the pattern, the lining, the fabric, interlining, but no thread. Thanks for any help
Yes, Gutterman makes silk thread. Greenberg and Hammer in NYC carry it. There is a general sewing size and a button hole twist. They mail order, and have a catalogue 800 955 5135. They maill out very quickly. Also www Waechters.com now has it on its website and a full color display.
Edited 8/25/2004 12:14 pm ET by Nancy
I am also looking for some silk thread, so I can finish a rectangular silk scarf.
For such a delicate fabric, do I need to hand roll and hand stitch the edges?
Is there a certain technique to do the hand rolling (so the stiches don't show)?
I'm not Nancy, but here's a pretty good How to page for you.
Depends on the look you want. You can use the narrow hem foot if you want and use a fine zig zag or roll the hem by hand. This is not hard, but time consuming. There is a technique, I think that if you have the original Sandra Betzina books she shows it ther. Also, you would want to find silk embroidery weight thread or cotton 2 ply 60 wt. This is harder to find, though it comes in lots of colors. There used to be a local store that carried it. It is by Mettler. The finer silk is A weight, Greenberg and Hammer probably have it. The Gutterman silk thread is a regular sewing weight, though they may make a finer thread. Also in High Fashion Sewing Secrets by Claire Shaeffer. She also goes over machine rolling. Also a back issue of threads did an article on using the heming foot. Even if you hand roll the stitches show a little bit.
Edited 8/26/2004 9:22 am ET by Nancy
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