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Topic: Topstitching, or Murphy's Law of thread shortages.  (Read 782 times)
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« on: September 17, 2010 08:28:56 PM »

Call it a life lesson learned; I ran out of my topstitching thread in the middle of doing the decorative topstitching on the 2nd back pocket for the jeans I'm making.  *sigh* 

I could try to run out to the store and try to find the same thread, but it's a spool I grabbed from my mother's stash: a spool J&P Coats Dual Duty Plus that probably dates from the 70s.  Even if I find the right colour, there's bound to be a noticeable difference between the old thread and new.  That'll teach me...

Does anyone recon I could use nylon thread like this for topstitching jeans?  I've got a few colours of this stuff lying around...


« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2010 12:49:44 AM »

I had a similar mishap.  Two seemingly identical teal threads turned out juuuuust different enough to be noticable when I tried to topstitch a sleeve.  ^^;;;

I'd say...  gather up any bits of the thread you can and take them to stores!  Never give up!  The color has got to be out there somewhere!
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010 06:40:46 AM »

I am by no means an expert with this...
But I say if you can (and it's not too much of a pain in the rear) take the color that you ran out of off the second pocket, and put a completely different color on there. If anyone asks why the two don't match, tell them you totally meant it to be that way, and it makes them more unique.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2010 08:55:43 AM »

I went to the store today and looked... there was nothing even close from Coats & Clark or Gutterman in a top-stitch weight.  So I got two new spools of thread in a new colour.  I'll probably just cut new pockets from the scraps I have left, especially since I used a machine satin stitch for the detailing and it's going to be murder to rip out!  I'll save the old pockets though, because I can always use them for bags and purses.  Wink

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