Types of threads and it's uses

Fashion designing is the craft of creating apparel designs. It requires revelation, setting up a mood board, Picking trims, yarns, colors, and the design. From drafting patterns to the sensual final finish of the garment, a silhouette is created fused with the process of crafting. An accomplished fashion designer must have all the essential tools to design garments. A perfect fashion design tool can help in producing clothes in a lesser amount of time without compromising on their quality. With the appropriate tools and equipment, you lessen the time it takes to create fresh cloth designs.



But all this hard work and vision would probably go in vain if one doesn’t have the right kind of yarn to make all these work. With a large variety of different threads available in the market today, it can be daunting to find the right thread for the job, especially if you're relatively new to the world of sewing and clothing. So, here we are providing you with a short guide about the type and uses of threads to make your next design venture a huge success.



Some sewing purists believe that one must use the same thread as the fabric yarn content, so cotton thread should be used to sew cotton fabric. Cotton thread is the perfect accompaniment to 100% cotton fabric and is, therefore most commonly used in patchwork and quilting.
Cotton thread are made from staple fibre, which are short fibres, thusit is relatively weaker than other possible threads such as polyester. But it can be perfect for use on lightweight, delicate outlines as generally speaking you want the thread to be weaker than the fabric you're working with so that any stress on seams causes the thread to break, rather than the fabric to tear.Even though this is rarely a must-have if you don't have a wide variety of pigments to hand, cotton thread is a nice addition to your toolkit for your mending projects.



Metallic and embroidery threads are remarkable for machine or hand embroidery, designing ornamental detailing on garments, and home decor projects. However, remember to use a sage needle when working with metallic and embroidery threads to prevent exuviating and clasping the thread. With a huge variety of different threads available and a superb colour range; it's easy to get overwhelmed with choice. These Soft finished threads are used in low-graded garments. Glazed threads are used for sewing heavy materials, leather, and canvas. Mercerized cotton threads are used in lingerie products and also for garment dye programs.



Silk is an artistic thread to work with; both on and off the sewing machine. It predominately comes in use when hand sewing; finishing hems, basting (tacking), buttonholes, and tailoring work. Silk thread is very smooth so it travels through even the lightest most delicate fabrics without leaving a mark. Simultaneously, it is also very strong (especially when used in conjunction with beeswax), it is a superb choice for a large variety of hand sewing projects.
Other practices of silk thread include ornamental stitching. On the sewing machine, silk thread is used on the top spool when quilting Chanel-style jackets. The thread is wonderful at sinking into the textured loose weave. It is also used for embroidery purposes. Silk thread comes in use while hand sewing and for embellishments.
Coarser silk threads are used for quilting, making appliques, bindings, and tailoring buttonholes while lightweight silk threads are used for delicate fabrics.





Nylon is a stronger, finer, and more durable sewing synthetic thread. It is suitable for sewing light to medium weight clothing. Sometimes it is specially lubricated for high-temperature resistance and better performance without breakage or staining.
It can be used in leather footwear, leather goods, luggage and travel goods, outdoor goods, and sports goods.




Polyester thread is a polymerized all-purpose yarn. It is a reliable choice for most machine and hand sewing projects. Polyester thread works splendidly with stretchy textiles as it has much give to it. Because of the wax or silicone finish that frequently covers this thread, it slips through the fabric effortlessly.
Polyester is made to be more effective than most natural threads. It is necessary to avoid using polyester thread with natural fabric. Over time, the stronger polyester thread can break down the weaker cotton fiber of the fabric.
There are several other advantages to the polyester thread which include durability, strength, long-lasting and it has much give to it while still retaining it's original shape.




Leather cord is a strong crafting material that’s easy to work with and that never seems to go out of style. Leather only gets better with age, becoming more supple and stretchy the more you wear it. Whether you are looking for something to lace through your latest leatherworking project or simply love the look of suede for your beaded necklace, there are tons of variations and colours to choose from.


So now before you embark on your sewing venture, go through the following list of what do you need to think about when choosing the best thread for your project:

  • Think about fabric properties, is your fabric woven or knitted, lightweight or heavyweight?
  • The weight of the thread should match the weight of the fabric
  • Some sewing purist recommend matching the thread to the fiber content of the fabric (cotton thread to cotton fabric)
  • Color choice: Do you wish to achieve a color match or use thread in a contrasting colour as decoration, it's all your choice
  • Try and stay away from cheap threads. Most of the time an all purpose polyester thread will do all the work but remember while working with threads you generally get what you pay for.

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