Walking into a fabric store for the first time can be confusing and overwhelming. If you know a little bit about the world of sewing materials beforehand it can make the fabric shopping the fun and exciting experience it should be!
This instructable will cover the basics of materials selection for sewing beginners.
It will break down how to choose the best fabric your project and tools. As well as how to identify fabric structure, grain, and stretch.
Using the correct materials can help you improve the quality of your project and sewing experience.
Step 1: Choosing a thread
When purchasing materials you might encounter a few different thread weights:
Industrial weight- Typically used in industrial sewing machines for applications where seams will be bearing heavy weight such as military equipment, leather and furniture.
Upholstery thread- Can be used in a consumer sewing machines. Usually used for upholstering furniture or sewing heavy fabrics such as velvet and duck canvas.
All-Purpose thread- This is the thread you will likely use and encounter the most. It is the standard weight thread used in consumer sewing machines. It can be used to sew most fabrics.
Fine thread- A light weight thread typically used in hand sewing applications for more delicate fabrics and details.
Using the correct thread for your type of machine will help avoid jamming the mechanisms or breaking the thread.