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Tips & Techniques > Basting with an obvious color of thread

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Posted on: 3/13/04 2:33 PM
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Whether you machine baste or hand baste, it is much easier to pull out your basting thread if you use a color that is obvious on your material rather than what you are sewing with. I am working on a black blouse and, in the case of basting, it is much easier to see a white thread.

Hope this helps. It has certainly made my sewing life much easier.

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Andee said...
Very good advice, but I modify that to a color somewhat different that the color of whatever you are sewing, because if for some reason you machine sew over the basting thread it can be very difficult to get out every last fiber of the off color thread. So, for example, try something like a royal blue basting thread on a Navy blue garment. If a tiny, tiny bit of that thread gets stuck in your fabric it is much less likely to show.
3/14/04 7:55 AM
Tee Jay said...
Andee's addition is good advice, I basted a hot pink when using a blue boucle and when I needed to take it out I kept finding little spots of pink I couldn't pick out of the fuzzy boucle. An off color blue would've been better.
3/14/04 9:22 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
Thanks ladies - I will certainly take your advice
3/14/04 9:57 AM
Stilltheone said...
Please use caution especiallyon light fabrics. I have read that's why basting thread comes only in white. Steam from your iron can cause color transfer from thread.
4/4/04 2:12 PM
Tini said...
speaking about bleeding. I threadtraced with red thread on light blue fabric and now I dumped the blazer into the trashbin, because I wasn't able to get the red colour out of the fabric :(
4/25/04 2:31 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
I guess I should have mentioned this in the original tip. I never, ever iron or wash anything without taking out my basting thread. Sorry.
5/25/04 10:47 AM
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