Threads And Needles

Threads

Thread may be made of synthetics, cotton, silk, or a combination of these fibers. Like fabrics, threads are often treated with finishes to impart special qualities and improve performance.

Synthetic Thread

Synthetic threads today may be cotton-covered polyester, spun polyester, or nylon. These threads provide the strength and elasticity necessary for today's knits, permanent press, and stretch fabrics.

Machine Needles

Check your sewing machine manual for the type of needle you should buy. Some needles, such as those by Coats & Clark, will fit most popular makes of sewing machine-see the needle package. The following needles are standard needles, which vary mainly in the type of point.

The correct machine-needle size is determined by the weight of the fabric to be sewn. The numbering system for needle sizes varies depending on the brand-some are numbered according to the U.S. system of sizes, while others are numbered according to the European system.

Change your machine needle often especially when sewing on synthetics. A new needle assures you of no needle damage to fabric. A blunt or burred needle can damage your fabric and thread.

Hand-Sewing Needles

Hand-sewing needles come in ten sizes, from No. 1, very coarse, to No. 10, very fine the following are the most common types:

Special Needles

The following needles are made for various purposes; the numbering for sizes may vary somewhat from the hand-sewing needles above.

Special assortments of needles are also available with various straight and curved needles for crafts, upholstery, rugs, etc

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