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Today I hope to provide a better understanding of thread weight. It is an important topic as choosing the right thread can be the difference between great and disappointing results when machine quilting!
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Thread Weight is Confusing!
The thread weight numbering system is counterintuitive because as thread gets heavier or thicker, the number gets smaller.
So let’s talk about why.
To clarify, I’ve added a few sketch notes to help illustrate.
Fixed Weight Measurement
Thread is measured on a fixed weight system.
A fixed weight is placed on one side of the scale and then thread is added to balance the scale.
Length of Thread is the “Weight”
Next, the length of thread required to balance the scale is measured. This is the thread “weight”.
Thread weight is really a length!
The weight number you find on a spool is the length of thread required to achieve a fixed weight.
As you can see, it will take a longer strand of thin thread to balance the scale than it will a thicker thread.
Why Thread is Important
For quilting, we use thread to achieve different goals. Sometimes we want to create focus motifs and other times we are trying to develop texture. Heavier threads will create a more visible motif, while lighter threads will produce a better texture or background effect. It is essential to choose the correct thread weight for machine quilting.
Next week: Choosing the Right Needle
I hope this helps!
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