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The little ABC of yarn

Do you know about sewing thread? Do you immediately know which fabric the right thread belongs to? Or do you sometimes find yourself a little perplexed in front of the large selection on the thread wall? With our know-how about sewing threads, we are finally shedding light on the darkness and introducing you to the most important examples!

What kind of sewing threads are there?

There are countless threads and specialty threads in the world of haberdashery. It would take us hours to list them all. Therefore, we are only describing ten of the most common threads here.

Polyester sewing thread

The 100% polyester sewing thread is, as the name suggests, suitable for almost all projects. It comes in many colors, is available everywhere and is suitable for both sewing and embroidery. It is robust and also somewhat elastic, which is why it is well suited for knitted fabrics.
Suitable needle size: 70-90 NM



Quilted yarn

The quilting thread made of 100% polyester is perfect for every quilting and decorative work, as the thread is particularly stable.
Due to the slightly shiny surface and easy stretchability, it is well suited for decorations. A larger eye on the sewing needle is necessary because the thread is thicker than normal.
Suitable needle size: 100-120 NM



Extra strong yarn

The sturdy polyester yarn is ideal for upholstery fabrics and home decoration projects because it tears less often. It is also suitable for seams that have to withstand more, such as jeans. It can be used to sew heavy fabrics and leather.
Suitable needle size: 70-100 NM




Cotton yarn

Model 50 is the most common cotton thread among the many thread sizes. With its medium thickness, it is suitable for many projects - from light to medium-weight cotton fabrics to heavy linen fabrics. It is very soft, but hardly stretchable, so it is unsuitable for elastic fabrics.
Suitable needle size: 60-80 NM



Silk yarn

The yarn is very fine, but also strong - perfect for silk and wool. They are very smooth and only leave very small puncture holes. Fine, but high-quality projects are their areas of application. Thanks to their beautiful sheen, they are also used for embroidery.
Suitable needle size: 80 NM




Denim thread

The heavy thread is for robust denim textiles - whether for sewing or for patching. They are also perfect for quilted seams or stable seams. They are available in the typical denim colors or in blends that are easier to blend.
Suitable needle size: 80-100 NM




Metal effect thread

Metallic threads are suitable, among other things. for embroidery and decorations. Mostly they consist of a mixture of polyester and other synthetic fibers. They are available in different colors and effects.
Suitable needle size: 100-110 NM




Elastic thread

Elastic yarns are especially used for tucking in fabrics - also known as smoking. The thread is only used as a bobbin thread and is wound onto the bobbin by hand with the correct tension. The color of the thread should be similar to the fabric, as it can be seen from the left. Because this type of thread is only used as a bobbin thread, there is no indication of the appropriate needle size.



Transparent yarn

The yarn is very fine, flexible, stable, smooth, soft and does not melt when ironed. It is therefore particularly suitable for projects that have to endure something and / or in which the seams have to be invisible. The thread can be used as both a top and a bobbin thread.
Suitable needle size: 60 NM



Overlock thread

The overlock thread is wound onto large or smaller cones because overlocking uses more thread per meter than sewing. Slightly transparent threads, which are also available, are usually used for blind hems.
Suitable needle size: 60-80 NM


The most important last

The rule of thumb is that the thread should match the fabric. With this rule you will in many cases be able to sew your projects without any problems! The needle sizes mentioned are recommendations and deviations are possible. If the thread still breaks despite perfect machine settings or the stitch pattern is not clean, it could be because the thread material is not high-quality enough, which can be the case with inexpensive copies. Therefore, it is better to spend a little more on yarn to save yourself this frustration when sewing. With this knowledge, you will be able to select the right thread with confidence in the future!