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Frequently Asked Questions about Silk Threads

Q. I was told that Silk is really strong and it will tear my fabric.  Is this true?
Not unless you are using an extremely heavy silk thread and a flimsy fabric.

Q. Do I have to match the fiber of my thread to the fiber of my fabric?  For example, a silk thread with silk fabric, cotton thread with cotton fabric?
A. You may use different thread fiber types with different fabric fiber types. Keep in mind that proper needle size and minor adjustments to tension may be necessary to obtain a perfect stitch.

Q. Why would I use Superior's Silk threads instead of a fine polyester or cotton thread?
A.  It's all personal choice but here are a few properties of silk:

  • Smooth & virtually lint-free
  • Strong
  • Colorfast
  • Washable
  • Vibrant colors
  • Silk Threads are dyeable

Q. What is the difference between filament and spun silk?
A.  Filament silk thread is made from multiple twisted strands of silk.  The silk cocoon is unwound to form one long continuous fiber and then tightly wound around itself to create a multi-filament silk thread.  Spun silk thread consists of "tails" or sections of the silk fiber which were broken from the single continuous filament fiber and then spun together.  Filament silk is the premium silk. (All of our silk lines are Filament silk)

Q. Are Superior's Silk Threads machine washable?
A. Yes! Our Silk threads are colorfast. They will retain their color and not bleed when washed with proper care.

Q. Because #100 Silk is a very fine thread, will it break in my sewing machine?
A.  If you have the proper needle and have your machine's tensions correctly set for top & bottom, it will work wonderfully. For a guide on tension settings and proper needle sizes, please view our Reference Guides.

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By: Bob Purcell