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What color thread to use with a black/white print?
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Date: 1/17/08 1:07 PM

I am making a beaded sash from a black and white print fabric. The trim has a black border so I will use black to sew this on, but what color should I use on the sash itself? There is also a lighter shade of the black inside the design so should I use a darker gray?

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Date: 1/17/08 1:32 PM

For seaming I would use black, but for top stitching I would do a couple stitch tests on scraps to see which look I like best.

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Date: 1/17/08 3:56 PM

If you're going to be buying thread take any colors you are considering and unspool a few inches and lay them across the fabric in natural light. Most stores have windows and they have never stopped me from doing this anywhere. Usually darker disappears better than lighter.

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Date: 1/17/08 5:59 PM

I frequently will use both thread colors in fabric such as what you describe. One in the bobbin and the other in the needle. It's amazing how well they blend.

edited to add: This way it is also easier to just change your fabric orientation so the best matching color is where you want it. I find that easier than changing threads constantly. This might not work if your machine stitch is not perfectly balanced though.
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Date: 1/17/08 7:11 PM

This also depends on the weave, the type of garment and the type of seams.

A black/white tweed may actually look best with a dark gray thread that matches the way the fabric appears when you are not up close, though black should be fine. I print that is black on more white would look better usually with white thread.

A sporty style that has flat-felled seams might look best with more contrast or even a different color such as red for top-stitching.

This is definitely an opportunity for testing and creativity.

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Date: 1/17/08 7:59 PM

Also the proportion of black to white in the fabric can affect your choice of thread color. A print that's 80 or 90% black is very different from one that's 80 or 90% white.

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In reply to PegL

Date: 1/17/08 8:00 PM

Quote: PegL
I frequently will use both thread colors in fabric such as what you describe. One in the bobbin and the other in the needle.

Hey, Peg, what a neat idea! I don't think I would ever have thought to try that.

--Lily

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