Choosing the

Right Thread



Madeira produces threads for people who take pleasure in textile hobbies. Creative skilled crafters, artisans and designers who spend much time turning thread into personal valuable works of art. You expect first class high quality products with excellent stitch ability, color fastness, durability, variety and color options. To achieve that Madeira threads are made from raw materials of the highest quality. By carefully selecting raw materials and following responsible manufacturing standards Madeira can ensure the quality products you look for and expect from a brand while having a positive impact on environmental sustainability. After all what’s the point of putting in a ton of work on a project and not using quality thread? Thread literally holds the project together!

Thread Basics

Threads come in different types for different purposes such as, Rayon, Polyneon, Metallic or Frosted Matt for embroidery, Aeroquilt for quilting, Aerolock and Aeroflock for serging, as well as monofilament, wool and silk for other specialty projects. Each of these types of threads serves a different purpose and they have different fiber contents, weight and strength that should be selected based on the project, fabric and technique., Whether you match the thread content to the fabric content - using cotton, wool or silk threads on natural fibers or choose an all-purpose thread, there is a sewing thread for you.

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Finding the Right Weight

The right weight depends on several factors, the material you are using, the durability and strength requirements on that seam, visibility of the thread and the desired look. Thread weight is determined by measuring the length of 1 gram of thread. If 1 gram is 30 meters long then it is 30 Weight thread. The higher the number thread weight the finer the thread. Heavier threads have a smaller thread weight number, are typically more visible and require a larger needle. Different weights of thread may also require tension adjustments depending on the sewing machine.

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Matching Your Fabric

After selecting the type and weight of thread selecting the right color to match your fabric is the next step. For seaming, quilt piecing or basic sewing, place the thread next to your fabric and look for the color that seems to disappear. For best results place just the unwound end of thread on the fabric. If you have a patterned, printed or multicolored fabric focus on the fabric’s main or background color. For accenting or topstitching, you may want a contrasting thread. Choose colors opposite of your main color on the color wheel for the boldest impact.

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