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Thread for your sewing machine
Choosing the right thread

Types of thread

  • Cotton Suitable for light to medium-weight fabrics which have little or no stretch to them. Cotton thread will not 'give', and the stitches may break if used on a stretchy knit fabric
  • Polycotton This thread is usually labelled 'all-purpose' and is the thread you will see most frequently in fabric shops. It's suitable for all types of fabric and for both hand and machine sewing
  • Polyester Most suitable for synthetic fabrics or fabrics with a lot of stretch to them. The finish of this thread, however, can appear waxy or shiny
  • Silk Silk thread is more elastic than cotton, so opt for silk if your fabric has stretch to it. Use on very thin or delicately woven fabrics such as those used for lingerie or sheer garments
  • Heavy duty Used for sewing projects that require extra strong and durable stitches, such as upholstery, using very heavy or stiff fabric.

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