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EnglishDaffodil

EnglishDaffodil
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Date: 11/8/08 6:27 PM

I have a bunch of pants to hem, all different colors, all for a school play. Thought I'd save some time by getting some Coats & Clark transparent poly thread, but so far it's a nightmare to work with. I can't even get the bobbin wound--the stuff comes off the spool every which way and gets tangled up on the spool pin and in the spool cap and...ugh!

Am I doing something wrong? Any advice?

At this rate, it would be faster to go back to JoAnn, buy thread to match every pair of pants, and use that, rather than arguing with my machine anymore.

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Date: 11/8/08 7:37 PM

Is your thread nylon or polyester? I haven't seen C&C clear poly thread before, but I've made the mistake of trying to use their clear nylon thread. It's like trying to sew with fishing line. No wait....it IS fishing line! I tossed all of it out, and now I only use Sulky clear polyester thread for gang-hemming occasions like yours. (It's my understanding that there's a special room in he!! where people have to spend eternity trying to sew with nylon thread.)
-- Edited on 11/8/08 7:38 PM --

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Date: 11/8/08 8:58 PM

I don't think, could be wrong, that you should use the clear thread in the bobbin, only the needle of machine. Something about the winding of the bobbin stretches the nylon thread. I have used it successfully in quilting and bindings, but only through the needle.
With costumes, I don't see how important the bobbin thread would be, just use as grey, beige, or anything that won't show through.
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Date: 11/8/08 9:28 PM

If worse comes to worse, and you can't get the other suggestions to work, you could iron the hem with stitch witchery. I've also used fabric glue for hems and the glue held through many machine washings.

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Date: 11/8/08 11:32 PM

No one will see all the hems in a school play. Try grey thread.

I used to use that "fishing line" thread all the time when I quilted (before I knew better) but I never used it in the bobbin.

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Date: 11/9/08 1:53 AM

If you really want to save time, why not use fuse the hem with that fuseable hem tape they sell at JoAnn's? They have different weights for different fabric types.

You won't need a sewing machine but a good steam iron.

No one from the audience will suspect!

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Date: 11/9/08 1:57 AM

Hi, My machine (Bernina) has to have this sort of thread wound of the perpendicular spool. Not the horizontal one. And you can wind bobbins with it. Hope that helps.

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Date: 11/9/08 12:39 PM

Or just hem them all in either black or white. It's a school play. Nobody will notice.

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Date: 11/9/08 5:45 PM

I once worked in a professional theatre's costume shop where our thread selection was black or white. We used one or the other on everything -- pink, orange, brown, gray, etc.

You need for the hems to be functional. No one will see the stitches in a costume from 10 to 100 feet away.

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Date: 11/9/08 6:58 PM

I think I'd take a page from the quilter's handbook. Find the dullest, most depressing grayish/greenish/brownish thread you can and use it for all those hems.

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Where are we going, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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