Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You could go broke - Japanese cotton basting thread

basting There are a lot of interesting notions for sewing and you really could spend every penny buying them.  I'm onto the thread tracing for the jacket and have decided to try some Japanese cotton basting thread.  It comes in a skein.

Japanese basting thread I wasn't sure what to do next.... if it were a knitting yarn I would wind some balls with it. So here's one way to deal with it. remove the paper Remove the paper (that's where the knot should be hiding) Open the skein. separate the skein Find the knot look for the knot Cut the knot, or not. You can leave it would around all of the strands or you can cut it. Then I cut the large loop on one end. clip one end Now every time I need a strand I just pull one out. Find one thread So far I've found that it's a good length for basting, the thread has short fibers which makes it easy to pull out after the garment is sewn but it does tend to knot a bit in use.

6 comments:

MAD14kt said...

I am known to spent my lunch money or sewing items. However; I am getting better :) Have a sewing FIESTA!

ELMO said...

LOL, I'm glad you're getting better, a girl needs to eat.

celkalee said...

the color is great! I'm not even going to go there with the sewing notions. I just spent 3 hours sorting out cutting and marking tools alone. Ironically, I do use most of them regularly.

One little trick I learned for threads that knot/tangle if you choose not to use beeswax is to press a few strands at a time with a steam iron. I know it sounds odd, but I have had good luck with it.

ELMO said...

I'll have to try that next time, I'm done thread tracing the body, the sleeves will be tomorrow.

Jenny said...

Where do you get the basting thread. I have bought some recently on line, but that store is closing and I'm having a hard time finding them in all the colors.

ELMO said...

Hello Jenny,
I bought it online at
http://www.shiboridragon.com/Notions-Japanese.htm