Out of all of the tools we use for sewing, the sewing thread is perhaps the most important tool. Even if you do not have a sewing machine at your disposal, it is possible to do a sewing project, as long as you have the right thread available. There are several things that need to be taken into account in order to make the sewing project a success, especially when it comes to the right type of thread. Sewing threads are not all built to be the same and choosing one that is compatible with the sewing machine and cloth is very important. The first thing that needs to be taken into account is what type of sewing thread will be used. Threads are made from different materials such as cotton, nylon, silk, rayon and so on.
Threads will be labeled with numbers or alphabets. If numbers are being used then lower the number the thicker the thread will be. If alphabets are used then A will be thinner than D. Thicker threads that are used for general purpose will be numbered 50 or below. Any thread labeled above 50 will be the finer ones. As mentioned earlier there are a number of different threads to choose from. Cotton threads will generally be made out of mercerized cotton which is suitable to use in sewing machines. Cotton threads are very durable and are also available in bright colors. Even though they are resistant to light and washing, cotton threads will not have any elasticity.
The important things that need to be kept in mind when purchasing sewing thread are its strength, compatibility and color. If you are sewing something that will suffer a lot of wear and tear then obviously a strong thread will be needed. Compatibility means what type of machine is going to be used. If it is not compatible with the machine then there is a chance the sewing will not be successful. The color of the thread should be in sync with the textile being used for obvious reasons.