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Should I match thread and fabric fiber type?

Posted: 28 June 2016 at 6 a.m.

 Should I match thread and fiber type?

Have you heard that you should always match fibers?  There are many in the quilting world that feel if you’re using cotton fabrics you should ONLY use cotton threads.

This is one of the most common myths we hear.  Most likely, this rumor has sprung up from when our mothers and grandmothers only had cotton threads and fabric.   They were taught to sew with cotton and so were we. 

Let’s think about how many fabric patterns are in our stash.  We wouldn’t want to limit ourselves to only one print or color scheme!  Let’s open the possibilities to all that polyester and silk thread offer.

Polyester thread comes in a variety of forms.  It can mimic cotton or be smooth and lint free;  high-sheen or matte finish; thick or thin; and is available in hundreds of variegated or solid colors!  Its high strength and longevity make it a great option for quilting.

Silk is a luxurious thread type to sew with.  The gorgeous sheen adds a special touch to any quilt.

What type of thread do you like to stitch with?

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