By Marian Lewis
Here is a sewing tip to add to your sewing techniques book.
Learn how to sew more professional looking top-stitching at the sewing machine using your regular sewing thread.
Use the same thread that you used to sew your garment for a matching top-stitching. Or, use a contrasting thread for more definition.
When you top-stitch with a single thread, it seems to sink into your fabric and is not very noticeable.
For more professional looking top-stitching, try using three threads on the top of the sewing machine.
You don't need to buy three spools of thread to do this.
Just wind three bobbins of sewing thread and place them on the spindle at the top of the sewing machine where you normally place your single spool of thread.
Try to have your bobbins full to begin top-stitching.
Fill one bobbin as you normally do for the bobbin case.
Thread the bottom bobbin as usual.
Hold the end of each of the top three bobbin threads together in your hand and thread them as one thread through your sewing machine and needle. Moistening the threads first seems to help.
You may need a needle threader to help you do this. You can find a needle threader in the notions department of your favorite sewing or fabric store or you may already have one in your sewing case.
Set your sewing machine stitch for a longer stitch (about 6 to 8 stitches per inch).
Stitch very slowly and straight. Use a stitching guide or tape to help you if you need it.
This makes a very elegant top-stitch. Try it!
Stitch multiple rows about 1/8 inch apart for a high quality look.
Contrasting thread adds more definition. Try using white or a metallic gold or silver thread on a dark fabric or a darker shade of thread on a light fabric. Experiment on scraps to get the look you want.
Check out the finest ready-to-wear boutiques for more top-stitching ideas.
You are the designer! Have fun with top-stitching.
Three threads are better than one!
It just makes sense!
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Rowan Amy Butler Thread 9 Piece Soul Blossoms
From Rowan/ Westminster Fibers, these colors were handpicked by designer Amy Butler to accompany her Soul Blossoms fabric collection.
Includes 9 spools
100% Extra long staple mercerized Giza cotton
200 yards, 183 meters
Exceptional Sewing & quilting performance
Modern processing results in a consistent, strong thread with virtually no lint
Harmonizes with Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics