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JoAnndjob
Posted 2011-03-27 6:57 PM (#73988)
Subject: sewing light weight silks



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Most things I've read about sewing light weight silks say to use fine cotton embroidery thread. Since Maxi-lock serger thread is about the same weight, would this be acceptable even though it's polyester? I won't serge the seams - just straight stitch. I did a test seam and it is less bulky than the regular weight cotton thread I have. My other choice is to hunt down cotton embroidery thread tomorrow. Most sorces say not to use silk thread.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2011-03-27 8:03 PM (#73992 - in reply to #73988)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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JoAnn, the explaination that I have gotten about using cotton thread is that cotton will break before it will harm the fabric. Polyester, on the other hand, will tear the fabric before it breaks. Would you rather resew a seam or no longer have an intact seam to sew? My advice for this special occasion, find cotton thread.

Susan

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KinDE
Posted 2011-03-29 11:50 AM (#74044 - in reply to #73988)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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According to Sandra B's book, you are right in looking for a fine machine weight embroidery thread in silk or cotton. I'd stay away from the silk. I've had runs in light weight silk.  I believe Mettler makes a light weight cotton one as well as Gutterman. But only specialty stores or websites (including some SM dealers) carry a wide range. Poly threads of any sort can cause puckering with  silk. My first choice would probably be a Mettler 60/2 embroidery thread in cotton, although I must say it is a while since I bought the spool I am looking at. If this isn't fine enough, see if YLI is still making an Heirloom 100/2 cotton, although I've only seen it in white.

Otherwise, email Bob at Superior Thread. He is great with advice and they may also have what you need.

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JoAnndjob
Posted 2011-03-29 3:03 PM (#74050 - in reply to #74044)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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I looked at 3 sewing machine stores, a very large quilt shop and 2 fabric stores. The best I could find was 50/2 cotton. I've been using this but not totally happy with how the seams press. They look bulky instead of flat. I get better seams with the Maxilock serger thread but don't really want to use polyester. Also considered rayon embroidery thread, but not sure it would be strong enough for seams.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-03-29 3:18 PM (#74051 - in reply to #73988)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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Go with what your tests show work best with your fabric.

I took a class several years ago where the teacher gave us permission to sew seams with serger thread.

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rowena___.
Posted 2011-03-29 4:16 PM (#74053 - in reply to #73988)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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i have always just sewn with whatever thread i have that is the right color.

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pldesigns
Posted 2011-03-30 7:00 AM (#74071 - in reply to #74050)
Subject: RE: sewing light weight silks



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You can use  polyester thread on silks.  If you can control the bobbin winder, try not to go too fast.  I use Maxilock on almost everything and it works fine. Gutterman, even Coats and Clark, ( which tends to be a little wiry) will work.  I'd use the rayon embroidery thread for hand basting because it'll shred like silk and not show when you press over it, but not for seams .  If you find you're getting puckers, try a very narrow zig zag.

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