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Posted on: 5/23/11 10:55 PM
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When I am sewing seams, I don't try for exact thread color matching. I have white, off white, two shades of gray and black. That works for most things, but not red. I learned to do that from a very experienced seamstress long ago...

That means that you don't have to invest in lots of thread for seams and it also means you don't need to do so many bobbins. But when the thread shows, like in top stitching, then I want color matching or color contrast selection.

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Molliefran said...
Fabulous suggestion. Now, if I can only let go and do it!
5/24/11 11:57 AM
justgail said...
I have done similar for the serger thread (loopers only). I also have 2 shades of brown. I never thought about doing so for the regular sewing. Thanks!
5/24/11 1:05 PM
FloraNature said...
Great suggestion. Co-incidentally, today I was sorting out my thread collection, and found several large 5000m cones of overlocker/serger thread in shades of hot pink - what *was* I thinking of? !!!
5/24/11 6:11 PM
SewSewFunny said...
I had already been doing that, even though my thread-counting friends said it was not correct. Most period garments were sewn in neutral colors!
5/25/11 11:57 AM
carolrv said...
Great idea. I learned it from a quilting class. You sew so many different colors together, all you need is three shades of gray for most piecing. But I had never thought of that theory for garments.
5/26/11 7:57 AM
sewme47 said...
So clever!! Thank you. :)
6/26/11 11:50 AM
threadgenie said...
Love this! I think that many sewers (me included) worry too much about things that don't really matter that much. I keep multiple bobbins filled with black and white thread so I'm more likely to use one or the other rather than buying matching thread.
12/27/11 10:20 PM
Diihva said...
I also find "invisible" thread very efficient. I only have use one bobbin and because the transparent thread blends in with all fabrics, it's all I need. You can get some from most fabric stores
4/6/12 12:09 PM
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