Guidelines On Right Thread For Next Sewing Project
Guidelines On Right Thread For Next Sewing Project

Guidelines on Choosing the Right Thread for Your Next Sewing Project

Guidelines on Choosing the Right Thread for Your Next Sewing Project

By the time you are reading this, you have probably decided your next sewing project. And whether it’s a DIY purse or that dream bag of yours, knowing which thread to choose is really essential. It’s a key part in achieving a successful outcome.

Thread that is too weak or small can lead to your project falling apart; thread that is too coarse or wide can result to split or tear in your fabric. It can be very frustrating, especially if you’ve spent hours only to find out that you failed.

But, hey, fret not! Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right sewing thread for your next project.

Identify the Type of Sewing You’re Going to Undertake

Most, if not all, types of sewing are quite complex when talking about the threads required. This is because they need some sort of decorativeness and practical sewing techniques. Other types can be very straightforward, such as simple sewing, which is best if performed with commonplace, rayon or simple cotton threads.

The general types of sewing may include:

  • Sewing up pattern like dress and apron alike
  • Patch-up - to repair tears, rips and holes in fabrics and/or garments
  • Embroidery – this covers a wide range of sewing techniques, which include cross-stitch, needlepoint, blackwork, ribbon embroidery, shadow work, etc. Moreover, the threads required may vary depending on the project being made.

Know the Main Types of Sewing Thread

This is the basic of all basics, and you should have at least an idea before the actual sewing. Nonetheless, they are below:

  • Cotton Thread
  • Silk Threads
  • Nylon/Rayon Threads, which could include the Invisible Thread
  • Wool Threads
  • Metallic Thread
  • Designer Thread
  • Bobbin Thread

Now that you have them, go and explore. It pays to have prior information.

Sewing threads in various colors(Picture

Always Consider the Qualities of Sewing Thread

It’s best to know the properties of threads as it helps you decide the usefulness and desirability of utilizing them for you upcoming project. There are various tips that you can get from notions department as well as shops selling various sewing threads. In fact, you can search for them online. The Internet can provide you countless tutorials and information that concern the sewing industry.

Choose the Sewing Thread According to the Right Colour

Now that you have decided which type of thread is apt for your project, it’s logical to choose the right colour that would match. From here, it is best that you purchase the entire quantity of thread in the colour you are about to use. Why? This is to ensure that you have the same batch of colour quality all throughout your sewing project, (especially with the case of embroidery). But if you can’t find an exact colour match, select a colour of thread that is one to two shades darker than the fabric’s in order to blend. Remember: light threads will stand out more.

A sewing thread placed on a sewing machine's holder


Don’t Forget to Consult Sewing Instructions

Before you start sewing, it’s important that you read the instructions of any sewing pattern or embroider project from beginning to end. The instructions or pattern will tell you what kind of thread is best and/or recommended, and it is advisable to always match the recommendation accordingly or closely as possible. This is to ensure the best possible outcome.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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