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« on: August 30, 2009 09:37:17 PM »

I am a master at asking many questions and spreading them out in tons of different threads (irony) but I have yet another No0b question!

I am curious about the different types of threads for different things...I heard that "wooly" nylon thread is meant for knit fabric, but I can not get a clear answer on what the REAL name of the supposed "wooly" nylon thread is? or if there is another type of thread meant for knit fabric?

also with the more cotton fabric, and the unstretchables...what is the best kind of thread to make clothing with?

I am only really interested in making clothes so I need to figure out the whole thread/needle thing (i've also acquired that a certain type of dull needle has to be used for knit fabrics so it doesn't pull at the fabric? )

Any help or tutes or well..anything would be helpful!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009 06:29:01 AM »

I use Coats and Clark, or Gutterman, but mainly C&C is my thread of choice.  I don't have any problems with it breaking or causing issues.  Sometimes I will branch out to rayon thread, but it will be for the look only, sometimes it has a sheen to it that polycotton thread doesn't have.   

As for wooly thread, are you talkig about cone thread, that is wooly but not really advisable for use in a sewing machine, it's mainly for surgers.

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009 07:22:58 AM »

As for the needle question, there are two kinds. SHARPS AND BALL POINTS
The Ball points are for knits, and the sharps are for wovens. Here's why....
A sharp will cut thru the thread, so if you use it on a knit, you are damaging the yarns of the fabric, causing holes when the needle scars the fabric fibers. Also, the stitches will skip. The Ball Points are designed to slide between the knit fibers, not damaging them. It's that simple. The packages will say clearly what it is. Then, just about as important, is needle size. The main sizes  I use for general sewing is a 14. This is not good for delicate weights. For example, if you are sewing lightweight silk, that size will tear up your fabric, causing snags. You will need two sizes smaller. If you are going thru six layers of denim, like your jeans hem, you want the thickest needle you can get. A 16 minimum, and 18 is better.
For knits, mostly 12's are good, but 14's are OK for stuff that's not too thin. If you break needles too fast, chances are you go up a size.
   Now for the thread... As long as Iv'e been sewing, I have never used that wooly nylon thread. I can't off the top of my head come up with the name for it. But, it is for knits, to give a little stretch. It really is for sergers. Since thread is expensive, don't buy it unless you have money to burn. I prefer any of the three major threads, but hate like the plague those cheap bargain barrel threads. If you get any, or are given any, try to use them as bobbin thread. They are too lumpy to go thru the top of the machine, and results in a lot of breakage. Metallic threads, and rayons, etc, are for decorative stitching only. Then there's the Button hole twist. It's much heavier than standard thread. Save this for sewing on buttons, and top-stitching. Or heavier projects, like upholstery work.
I'm not going into thread weight numbers, all these years I never bothered to learn them. Except where Industrial Nylon thread is concerned. But you won't be sewing with that stuff! Just stick with standard thread, poly/ cotton blends. Only buy silk thread for very delicate silk, like China Silk, and such. Regular thread just doesn't look as nice, but the silk thread is very delicate, and expensive. And, Finally, I like Gutterman or Molnyke, mainly because the edges of the spools are smooth, and thread spins off without being caught on the edges. This especially helps with your serger.
HOPE This Helps! K

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