Up Close with Thread

The next installment of Sewing Science is Up Close with Thread! By request(s).  I tried to find a wide variety of threads in my stash to image.
First up is some Coats and Clark All Purpose Polyester Thread:
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Next is some cotton quilting thread that I use for basting and tailor's tacks  (I tried to image all of the threads at a similar series of magnifications to best show the similarities and differences).

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 The most obvious difference between the two is not only the thickness, which is visible to the naked eye, but the individual fibers themselves.  Natural fibers are not a smooth as synthetic fibers - the same is visible in fabrics as well (which I'll post eventually!).

Now let's take a look at polyester topstitching thread:
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Nothing too dramatic, similar to the others in terms of how the fibers are joined.
Lets look at these side by side so the difference between the natural and synthetic fibers really stands out:
(L-R): Polyester All-Purpose, Cotton Quilting, Polyester Topstitching
I had some polyester invisible thread in my sewing box, and was curious to see how it looked different than regular polyester thread:
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This is a monofilament thread, so it's a single strand as opposed to fibers that are bundled or braided together as we see in the traditional threads.

Last up is Maxi-Lock Stretch Serger Thread:
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The stretch thread is also not wound or braided together - not shocking since it needs elasticity.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading and I'll be back next Friday with an up-close look at some different woven fabrics.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much! This is fascinating. I wish I had access to a microscope.

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  2. Love this series, and look forward to the fabric look you described as coming up. Thanks for taking the time.

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  3. Love this series, and look forward to the fabric look you described as coming up. Thanks for taking the time.

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  4. I'm loving this. Thanks so much again. I too would never have access to a microscope.

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