How To Choose Craft Threads
How to Choose Craft Threads
Threads are important when crafting quilts. You will need certain
threads that match your fabric, as well as suitable supplies and
needles. Yet, when you consider matching threads to your fabric, you
will also need to consider a few other details.
Types of threads:
You have choices of thread, including rayon, buttonhole-twists, silk,
all-purpose, cotton, nylon wool, monofilament, metallic, exceptionally
fine, mercerized cotton and so on. To consider threads, first you must
ask if you are intending to create your quilt by hand, or machine? Do
you prefer to darn or to bast?
If you are sewing fabric piece onto fabric, using shaped pieces to form
your pattern, you may want to choose the monofilament nylon thread. On
the other hand, if you are sewing your fabric by hand, sewing the
pieces to form a pattern then the silky threads, or the all-purpose
threads may be a good option.
If you are hand crafting you may want to consider other threads than
the all-purpose. For instance, you may get more from the threads with
polyester cores and wrapped in cotton. The polished 100$ finished
cotton is also available. If you use the thread with finished polish,
it will reduce wearing if you are sewing by hand. The thread will help
you stitch smoothly without worrying about tangles, creases, etc.
TIP: Buy beeswax cake to minimize tangles.
Once you finish choosing your threads, you will need to create a craft
basket. The basket will include thimbles, scissors both for cutting
paper and fabric, (a few pairs) threader, hand needles, pencils, tailor
chalk, seam ripper, and a measuring device. You will also need straight
quilter pins, pincushion, glue stick, and a few safety pins. (Large)
Once you gather your basket, you may want to add supplies, such as
rotary cutters, iron/board, masking tape, press cloth, spray bottle,
graphing/tracing paper, hoops and frames, colored pencils, plastic
sheet, ruler, cutting mat, and so on. You may even want to toss in a
few band-aids to cover those pokes and sticks you will get from hand
sewing your quilt.
When you purchase your needles choose the “household assortment” kits
to sum up your sewing needs. Otherwise, needle sizes are opposite, i.e.
if you purchase the larger numbers, you get a smaller needle.
If you are hand, sewing you may want to consider “sharp” needles. The
needles make it easy to stitch through heavy-duty material. In stores
you might look for sharps, or “household needles.” To shorten your
field trip on the mind tangler, just purchase a couple of 8’s and 9’s,
as well as the variety packages. The needles with slotted eyes are
called the “easy-threader,” which you can use also if you have problems
using other needles.
You will need the seam ripper to correct your mistakes. The rippers
will cut your thread, yet you should practice before you use them on
the actual quilt, especially if you are new at making quilts.
You will need markers as well as a ruler to measure seams, patterns,
fabric, etc. The needle threader will make it easy to thread. Remember
the tips of some needles are small, making it difficult to get the
thread pulled through the eye. Thimbles are designed to reduce the need
for band-aids. You will need to test a few thimbles to fit them to your
In all, each item in your basket will help you complete your quilt. If
you are new at quilting, visit your library, or go online to learn more
steps to help you create a fashionable design, or a traditional style
if you choose.
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