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Posted on: 4/16/05 10:55 AM
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When choosing thread for my garments I always choose an off-color thread for the bobbin ~ just a few shades off so that it's not distasteful on the finished garment. I do this so it's easy to see if seams need to be adjusted; or for areas that need to match exactly, such as notched collars; or for finicky things like welt pockets and bound buttonholes. For instance, my recent project was made of a light color fabric of cream and light beige. For the bobbin thread, I chose the softest of yellow thread which contrasted enough for easy removal if necesary ~ less obvious than if I went with a beige (which would have been too dark). I usually try to choose one or two shades lighter, not darker than the fabric so won't show on the finished garment. It's such an easy aid for that dreaded unpicking if you have to do it!

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Jane Jane said... (5/28/10 5:29 PM) Reply
Does anyone know how to sew a notched collar the way the "industry" does it? All I know is that it differs from the instructions we see in a conventional home sewer pattern
Nickle said... (4/23/05 4:06 AM) Reply
What a great tip- I sew black a lot and this tip is going to make it so much easier.
Gigi Louis said... (4/20/05 9:47 AM) Reply
I heard somewhere than Chanel often uses navy thread on their black garments to make alterations easier. Why didn't I think of that?
KarmenG said... (4/20/05 8:56 AM) Reply
Too funy Whit! Yes - go for the navy thread and you'll see the difference.
whit said... (4/19/05 7:11 PM) Reply
So THAT'S how you work with black fabric!!! Now I have an excuse. It's the thread. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Thanks for the tip. Whit
PVA said... (4/17/05 10:13 AM) Reply
This is a great tip, thank you! This idea is going to be particularly helpful when working with dark colors. My elderly eyes will thank you, too! (8^D)
JDpenelope said... (4/17/05 7:23 AM) Reply
What a clever idea. Thanks!
ryehundy said... (4/16/05 9:14 PM) Reply
I have been a subscriber to for quite sometime. But just today finally sat down to discover all the wonderful stuff available here. I went crazy printing out all the tips and techniques. Thanks to all of you. I'm not sure this is the proper place to post this. FRS in loUiSiAna
Mary Stiefer said... (4/16/05 11:44 AM) Reply
I really like this idea. It would certainly make it easier when having to pull out stitching when having to change side seams or whatever.
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