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Date: 4/18/13 10:22 AM

I was just picking up some thread when I noticed some Gutermanns tacking thread in the display, so I picked some up. It's a rough unbleached cotton thread. I have read before that silky threads are good for basting as they slide out easily and don't leave an impression when they are pressed, this thread seems to be the opposite of this.

So, when would you use which thread? Has anyone else used this?

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Date: 4/18/13 10:35 AM

You might test before using it to see how well it performs as well as if it leaves an impression when pressed by the iron.

It does sound as though it would be too coarse for delicate fabrics.

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Date: 4/18/13 10:40 AM

I think you are right about delicate fabrics, however, any tailor tacks I tried to do fell out before I could use them for matching up or whatever, I'm thinking this thread might be a LOT better at that...

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Date: 4/18/13 5:40 PM

For me, tacking would mean taking a couple stitches where the facing meets the shoulder seam for instance. It sounds like this thread would be great for that type of application. Basting, on the other hand, is something you eventually remove. I love silk thread for basting.

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Date: 4/18/13 6:44 PM

Hmm. It could be that. I never heard of basting until I came to this site, what you call basting is what I was thought as tacking.

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Date: 4/18/13 7:16 PM

When I took apparel classes many years ago, we used a wirey 100% cotton thread for marking seamlines,basting, underlinings, darts,etc. We used it on all but the the finest fabrics, with those we used silk thread.

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