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tips on how to pre-shrink thread to prevent puckering in finished stiches
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Date: 9/2/12 6:46 PM

I like to sew with linen & cotton thread, but one of the things that's bothering me is seam puckering. I pre-wash my fabric, but after spending more hours than I'll ever admit to hand stitching seams, I'm saddened by thread shrinkage which creates puckers. Does anyone know how to pre-shrink thread without creating little knot-nests?

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Date: 9/2/12 7:52 PM

A couple of years ago I went to a very nice new local yarn and was surprised to see an elaborate wood 'hank' winder. I would suppose you could employ that concept.

Start with an extra wide piece of something that can act as a base to the thread hank. Carefully wrap with a loosely woven piece of fabric to gently hold the threads in order when you preshrink.
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Date: 9/2/12 8:05 PM

Also check, the Oregon Woodworker, YarnSwifts.com.

And Swift Yarn Winder on Overstock.com.

And, consider putting the question in the knitting and crocheting section if you don't get responses here. That group will have seen more products for winding skeins.

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Date: 9/2/12 8:24 PM

I didn't read all of 7yearstitch's post but it reminded me of something. I used to spin yarn. The yarn in formed into hanks. You could do this with the thread on a small scale and then steam it.

If you are interested in further info from me about this, let me know.

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Date: 9/3/12 4:02 AM

It makes me wonder why you like working with linen and cotton thread if it's causing problems like puckering. Would a blend perhaps solve this for you?

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Date: 9/3/12 6:27 AM

Are you using a commercially produced cotton or linen? Most threads are mercerized, so most all of it is pre-shrunk. Are you winding your bobbin too tightly? This can cause it to stretch, then when you wash it, it shrinks back to its relaxed state causing puckers, but this is more common with poly threads. I have used cotton thread some, but really have decided I like Metrosene by Mettler much better. I have a lot fewer problems with it than any other brand.

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Date: 9/8/12 9:42 PM

Winding your bobbin to fast will cause it to stretch and then pull back once it is stitched and can relax. FWIW, your part synthetic threads will be much sturdier and longer lasting. Cotton thread is usually not recommended for general garment sewing as it can rot before the garment has seen its full wear. I'm talking general sewing here. There are certainly exceptions.

Sandra Betzina recommends cutting garments of poly charmeuse, notorious for showing these puckers, on the cross grain. I have tried it and it works.

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Date: 9/8/12 11:06 PM

am i over-simplifying by suggesting you submerge the entire spool of thread into hot water and letting it air dry?

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Date: 9/8/12 11:55 PM

Louise Cutting convinced me years ago that Mettler Silk-finish cotton was THE thread to use for smooth seams and non-puckery topstitching, and now I use it for everything except poly or nylon knits. Her explanation was that the polyester thread had just enough stretch in it that the machine would stretch it as it was being sewn into the garment, but that the tension would then relax and create puckers in the finished seam. If you're using a good quality cotton thread like Mettler, then I'd begin to suspect that the stitch tension -both upper and lower - need to be fiddled with.

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Date: 9/9/12 7:57 AM

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Louise Cutting convinced me years ago that Mettler Silk-finish cotton was THE thread to use for smooth seams and non-puckery topstitching,

Karla, what source do you like for the Mettler silk-finish cotton? I've ordered some basic colors from e-Quilter, and really liked it. Would like to have an alternate source.

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