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Thread Trivia

Posted: 17 May 2016 at 6 a.m.

Thread Trivia FUN

The other day we had lunch at a quaint diner that had fun trivia facts on the table—which we thoroughly enjoyed!  Today we thought we would spread the fun and share some thread trivia!

1. Kevlar thread is fire-resistant and used to stitch suits for firefighters and motor racing drivers

2. One dye machine can dye about 6.6 tons of thread each day; this equals 66 million yards of thread; enough to circle the equator five times!

3. Mercerizing is a process of treating cotton with an alkali solution.  This allows dies to better penetrate the fibers and increases the luster and strength of cotton thread.

4. Most rayon threads are not colorfast

5. The best Metallic threads have a layer of rice paper pasted over the nylon core.  This adheres the nylon core to the metal, resulting in stronger thread.

6. Prewound bobbins have 30-50% more thread content and a tighter, more even wind than winding bobbins yourself.

7. Egypt is 1.4 times larger than Texas, but produces less than a tenth of the amount of cotton

8. Tinkertoys were invented when Charles Pajeau was watching some kids play with pencils, sticks, and empty spools of thread.

9. There are only three basic types of thread:  animal, plant, or synthetic.

10. Most thread (other than monofilament thread) consists of 2+ tightly twisted strands.

11. Egyptians were one of the first to use berries and plants to create colorful and long lasting dyes for threads

12. Tex is a standard for measuring threads using 1,000 meters of thread.  If 1,000 meters of thread weights one gram, it is Tex 1.  If 1,000 meters of thread weighs 25 grams, it is Tex 25.

13. Most digitized designs are created for a 40 weight thread.  If a 30 weight thread is used, the increased diameter of the thread can present a lumpy appearance.  To prevent this, reduce the field density by one-third or increase the design size to 125% of the original.

14. We have threads that glow under a black light!  Why do they glow?  A black light gives off ultraviolet light that the human eye can't see.  Threads dyed with fluorescent pigments or which are bright white will absorb the black light and reflect it back in a wonderful glowing sheen.

15. Sewing thread is designed by engineers called seam engineers.

We bet you know some trivia not listed here—share your fun pieces of knowledge in the comments below!

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  • 1. Julie Beard (18 May 2016 at 3:50 a.m.)

    Unbalanced tension, incorrect machine threading and needle could be bent!

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