Sewing Threads by the Numbers

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ZJ Humbach discusses the way sewing threads have changed since she began sewing. Today, sewing threads have many different manufacturers, as well as a wide variety of colors and materials. ZJ shows us some different types of thread and the important characteristics of each.

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4 Responses to “Sewing Threads by the Numbers”
  1. Helen

    When using the silk thread as the bottom thread as mentioned in your video what type of thread would you use at the top? Does it also have to be silk or will it work with cotton & polyester? thanks

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  2. Page Carlyon

    We use upholstery and leather cotton in our leather shop. These threads get thicker with a higher number.
    #69 is thin, #277 is very heavy.
    So this standard doesn’t always hold true in choosing thread.

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  3. Moira Small

    thank you so much ,I have been sewing for years and just bought cotton,the cheaper the better.But now I understand why somethings just didn’t go well.This explains why the tension on my machine could change so much,I’d use the same cotton on any fabric. So thank you it was very informative

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  4. Barbara Rickman

    This video was one of the most useful for me as a new sewer than any other video I have seen yet. I had NO idea there were different kinds, sizes, and compositions of thread! This makes choosing thread just as important as choosing fabric or in my case, weaving fabrics. Now I know that certain of my hand woven fabrics will need certain sizes of thread! Thanks

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