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San | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone!     I’ve always matched thread to fabric color.                 However, the off-white purse I’m making is pretty thickly padded and I’m worried that when I attach the light-green lining with the green thread, there may be some stress….possibly making some of the thread color show slightly when its turned and pressed.         I might be worrying for nothing,  but I’m thinking of using the off-white thread to attach green lining.    Any thoughts?


  1. sewanista | | #1

    I would consider making a test by layering all the fabrics you'll use and pulling them to simulate the stress you'll anticipate the purse being under. You'll very quickly have the answer. I find with thread colours that sometimes a colour that doesn't seem right to the brain looks right to the eye. I recently sewed something in a funny shade of purple, and it turned out that a purply-brown that looked wrong on the reel was right because it disappeared into the fabric the best when in a single thread.

    1. stitchmd | | #2

      It can help to use different bobbin and upper thread colors. Decide first which layer will be on bottom and which on top as you feed it through the machine.

      1. San | | #4

        That thought crossed my mind but I was worried about the "thread police" saying that was a no-no!  I must learn to be braver!  I'll be glad when my project is finished.  Thanks for responding with another good idea.  

    2. San | | #3

      I did what you suggested and tugged and pulled, testing both colors.  The result was neither one showed!    I chose the light one for that area.     I worried because I had a few slightly straining threads when I attached the flap...I'm probably the only one who would notice...  but I bought some trim to embellish it with so now no one will see it!!      Thanks for your advice!                          

      1. sewanista | | #5

        I.m glad you had a successful result! I often think we get way too hard on ourselves when we make stuff. I used to work in some small start-up clothing companies, and some things I was expected to do, like sew everything on a superlong stitch because it would take less time on the old domestic machine they had, would make your toes curl. Especially when they then charge good money for it - and sell it!

        1. roone | | #6

          Hi Sandra, I know you had excellent suggestions, ones I've used myself. Another one I've used, when seams like on a purse get a lot of pulling and tugging, is threading two shades through my needle, creating a varigated thread that blends and increases strength. Karen

  2. mem1 | | #7

    I think off white sounds fine . Its really the view of the purse that will be most easily seen that shoulmd dictate the colour. I think that the green thread on the crem outer would be a bigger problem than the thread not matching the lineing.

    1. San | | #8

      Hi.   Yes I agree.   What are your thoughts about thread color for the trim...I think matching closest to trim is better than  invisible...             San

      1. mem1 | | #9


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