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What kind of thread to use?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by amirrorcrackd, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    What kind of thread is recommended for use in altering clothing? Mostly aesthetically.

    Better yet, what different threads are there, and what are their purposes.

    Poly thread won't shrink, so is that better or worse than thread that will if, for example, I'm sewing a patch onto a piece of clothing.

    Thanks,

    Dan
     


  2. stache

    stache Senior member

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    Poly is the strongest 'thin' thread, but it won't take dye. Silk is beautiful for some topstitching and buttonholes. There are heavy mercerized cotton threads for buttons etc.
     


  3. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    I use poly thread, mostly because the only thing I am altering (myself) are trousers' hem and you need strong stitching down there.

    .luc
     


  4. ken

    ken Banned by Request

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    Cotton. It's how you get the pucker on the hem of jeans and generally looks best for all casual clothes.
     


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