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« on: July 21, 2005 01:42:32 AM »

Hi all,

This is my first time posting a thread, so I'm not sure it's in the right place. Hope so!

Anyway... I was trying to make up a pattern in brocade tonight, and I had a terrible time with the thread. What's the best kind of thread to use with a brocade?

I was using silk thread because I had the perfect matching color in my stash, but it wouldn't stay - I could just pull the stitches out, so the garment would fall apart. I had a bit better luck with plain ol' polyester thread. But is there something even better?

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005 05:45:45 PM »

 Huh This may be a mega stupid question, in which case I apologise...but have you checked your tension? I only ask because I've never needed to use a special thread for brocade, and it sounds like your top thread isn't picking up your bottom thread properly......
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005 07:35:03 PM »

No such thing as a stupid suggestion!

I did test the tension, though, and no matter what I did, the seam still fell out easily. For comparison's sake, I tested it with polyester thread, and it held nice & tight. So all I could figure was that the silk thread wasn't playing nice with the brocade.  I'll just use the polyester unless someone has a suggestion for the ultimate brocade thread.  Wink


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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2005 04:58:53 AM »

Do you know what the fabric content of the brocade is?  It could be silk, but more likely is polyester.  That may be why the poly thread works better.  If you bought the brocade in one of the fabric chains for less than $20 per yard, I'd bet it is poly.  (Could be some other blend - but silk is unlikely unless you paid top dollar.)


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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2005 04:31:48 PM »

  ;)Just found this info in a book I got this week... maybe of use to you...says to sew brocade (medium weight) you need to use 12 stitches per inch/ 2.5mm stitches, Molnlycke Polyester thread (whatever that is!) and a medium jeans/denim sharp needle, size 90/14. HTH!
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2005 10:35:53 PM »

Thanks LRS & Dolores!!   Smiley

Yes, I'm sure it's polyester brocade. Nice sale stuff from Joann's, but not silk. I've had success with polyester thread, so I'll have to make sure it's at 12 st/inch.



1. All fungi are edible.
2. Some fungi are not edible more than once.
~~Terry Pratchett~~

my blog | index of free machine knitting patterns
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2005 06:33:28 PM »

i totally just got brocade from joann's on sale this week! haha.... i'm totally scared to use it and mess up (using muslin first when i get the money!)

i'm glad you asked this question... i probably wouldn't have thought of it

i could be serious.....

but what's the fun in that?
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