The most common embroidery weight thread is 40Wt and suitable for most embroidery designs. For designs that need to be dense, you could use a lighter 50 Wt thread. Bobbin threads are finer and generally weigh 60 Wt. A thread is measured by weight, denier and tex.
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Silk is one of the oldest fabrics known to man. We have many stories, myths and legends attached to its history. As per one legend the history of silk can be traced back to 27th century BC. Writings of Confucius say that a silkworm’s cocoon fell into the tea pot of Empress Leizhu. While trying to remove the cocoon, it unfolded as silk thread and the empress thought of weaving the thread into cloth. The yellow emperor, her husband, encouraged the queen to study the life of a silk worm and she learnt the art of raising silk worm and extracting the thread out of it. This came to be known as sericulture. Going forward she also invented the loom for weaving this silk thread into clothes.
A thread is a small twist of considerable length made from wool, silk, cotton or yarn or any fibrous substance, with a cut in the cross section and is used to stitch and sew fabric and other objects. Thread has always been an important component of stitching ever since man discovered the need of clothing for protection. Early sewing threads were made out of animal hides by cutting them into thin strips.
In the previous posts we have seen how a yarn is made and more recently we understood what a sewing thread is and it’s history. It is nice to understand the science behind on of the man’s basic necessities, clothes. In this post we will delve into the raw materials that can be used to manufacture threads, which as we now know is the foundation to fabric and stitches. There can be innumerable possibilities to create thread, thread as we know is strengthened yarn and yarn can be produced from any fibre, natural and synthetic.
A thread is a tightly twisted strand of two or more plys of yarn. This strand is made twisting the yarn so tight that when you cut through the cross section it will be circular. The thread is used for hand sewing and in home sewing machines. Statistics state that Ninety-five percent of all sewing thread that is manufactured is used in commercial and industrial sewing. Sewing thread is distinguished from yarn by the fact that thread is used to sew together garments or other products, but yarn is the collection of fibers used to weave or knit into a textile fabric. We have seen how yarn is made in previous article. The terms are confusing and are often used interchangeably; a thread can be made of yarn, but yarn cannot be made of threads.