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stitches coming out

sunnycenter | Posted in General Discussion on

Now I know not to use regular thread in the bobbin when topstitching jeans. I had really good topstitching thread in the top and coats and clark all purpose in the bobbin. I thought this would reduce bulk and make my sewing easier as well as a little cheaper…however after a few washings the all purpose thread has broken and my beautiful topstitching is coming out in some places. On the one pair it did it on my pockets which had really nice topstitching. That means I have to take the pockets off and reset them after I fix them. Hopefully I wont have to deconstruct further than that to make the repairs. So I am thinking what happened was with shrinkage and washing the stronger thread must have pulled on the weaker thread and broke it? Ugghhhhh….

Edited 5/21/2008 4:09 pm ET by sunnycenter


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Did you use a good quality thread in the bobbin? A Guterman or Mettler would have stood up to the stress. Dollar store bargain thread is a waste of money....buy the good stuff.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    I don't like Coats and Clark thread.  I also use Metrosene or Guitterman.  Be sure to use polyester as the cotton is not strong enough for the jeans.

  3. Pattiann42 | | #3

    I have never had a problem with C&C.

    To test thread before use, remove about 12" from the spool.  Holding the ends in each hand, give it a snap.  If it breaks, it is not strong enough for garment construction.




    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #4

      Oh you are so right, I was lucky enough to buy all the hundreds of threads and supplies at a sale of a nice lady on my street who died . She was a re-weaver. Now thats a real art. I was on cloud nine, thinking at last I have every color thread I should ever need in my life.Then I did the snap test and had to throw away most ! Ouch . Still in all, the notions were a treasure to me.I'm sure Mrs. Williams is looking down on me and happy to see me sewing away.Happy sewing, Susan

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