You maybe just staring to sew and you now need to buy some thread for your brother sewing machine. Buying the right thread is very important. You need thread that is strong, but you also need the right color of thread for your project. Thread comes in all different kinds of vibrant colors. There is also different types of thread, made with natural fibers or synthetic fibers.
There is also different thread weight for different types of fabrics. Like you might use a finer thread for delicate fabrics, and a heavier thread for thick fabrics like denim. Different thread weights have different thickness of the thread. Most time you will just use a standard weight thread, but sometimes you may have to use a thinner or thicker thread.
Also, there is a general rule for thread that it has a color number on the thread spool.
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Cheap thread is a no-no
You know that thread you found online that had no brand but was a great value. Or that box of sewing machine thread at that garage sale. The problem with cheap thread is that it’s poor quality.
You need to use good quality thread. I don’t mean that you have to go broke buying thread, because you can find high-quality thread for a reasonable price. Another problem is that cheap thread also breaks very easily and it has a lot of lint. The lint on the thread will come off in the sewing machine and that will cause lint to build up faster in your brother sewing machine. It will also mean that your sewing project may not last as long either.
To see if the thread is linty simply hold a piece of thread up next to a window and you’ll see if the thread is really fuzzy. All thread may have fuzz but cheap thread is really fuzzy.
Old thread is also a bad choice, because it may have weakened over time. I’m not talking about thread that you may had awhile, that you’re not using very fast. I have some of that myself. I’m talking about the thread that you might of found at a estate sale, or your mother or grandmother had for a very long time. To me instead of risking the quality of my project I’d use a newer spool of thread.
Where can you find good thread for a great price?
At these places you can usually find the brands of thread you need.
One of the places is at your local craft store, craft stores usually have a really good selection of great thread. And as a bonus craft stores have sales on their thread, my Hobby Lobby will sometimes have sewing thread on sale for 99 cents a spool.
Amazon is also a good place to buy thread, especially if you can get free shipping.
Etsy is another great place to buy thread.
Here are my top picks of the best types of sewing thread to use on your brother sewing machine.
This is a great thread, I use Gutermann all purpose thread for a lot of my projects. This to me is the best sewing thread you can use and also the best value. One of the main reasons is because polyester thread comes in many colors and very strong. You can match the color of thread to the color of your fabric or you can make the thread pop by using a contrasting color. I also use Hobby Lobby’s sew-ology thread. This is a synthetic thread.
Now cotton is a wonderful thread to use for many projects. It is most often used with quilting projects, and some say that gets the best results. But I always use polyester thread with my cotton fabric. Cotton doesn’t work with stretch fabric since cotton has no stretch. Cotton and polyester threads are also available in large cones.
Quilting thread is made especially for when you quilt. Quilting thread is a strong thread that will help your quilts to last a very long time.
Now this is a more picky thread. Because it is a harder thread to use, it’s not impossible but I don’t recommend it for beginners. You may also have to use a metallic needle.
This is a more expensive thread to use, but it’s a wonderful thread. Silk thread is sometimes used for a more embellishment type stitching. My brother machine has 37 built-in stitches and I think silk thread would be beautiful for the more decorative stitches.
Machine embroidery thread
This is more for embroidery projects, it not strong enough for seams or hems. It is a preferred choice for a embroidery design on a brother embroidery machine or any other brand of embroidery machines. The best embroidery thread to use is made with cotton or polyester. You can also get a embroidery thread set that has all kinds of different colors of thread
The first thing you do when you use this thread type is too wind the bobbin by hand with this thread. And the top thread is just your regular thread, while the lower thread is the elastic thread. With this thread you also have to make sure that you use the correct needle. You can also use this thread on different fabrics like stretchy fabrics or to do shirring on lighter weight fabrics like cotton voile fabric.
This one is a favorite for quilters who love to do applique quilts. It can also be used for free motion quilting, which is great if you have a large work area of all kinds of different colors. Like metallic thread it is also harder to work with and not a beginner thread.
There are also other kinds of thread like, rayon thread, serger thread, wool thread and nylon thread.
But, with all of these different threads you’re sure to find the right type of thread for your project and your brother sewing machine.
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