Bobbin Thread Color Choice
by: Kelsi Watts - While you prepare your pattern for sewing you might wonder if you're using the right bobbin thread color. You might also be tempted to use the same bobbin thread color as on your top thread. Here's a little tip, use what you have plenty of because bobbin thread color is rarely seen.
When your top thread tension is properly set on your sewing machine the bobbin thread will not be visible in the finished product.
For that reason your bobbin thread does not need to be the same color as your top thread. To be safe avoid using high contrast color combinations, however, any bobbin thread color will work.
How to choose the right thread for sewing
Thread is available in many weights and sizes. Matching thread thickness with fabric thickness and weight generally gives good results. Typically, thick thread is stronger and more visible than fine thread so determine how much seam stress your sewing project will be subjected to and choose thread thickness accordingly.
How to thread your sewing machine needle
- Place a spool of sewing thread on your machine
- Pull the thread out and wind it around your bobbin
- Put the bobbin on your machine's bobbin pin
- Engage the bobbin winder by pressing the peddle
- Cut and wrap the spool thread around the guide
- Pull the thread down around the catch
- Wrap the thread around the takeup lever
- Lastly, thread the needle and drop in your bobbin
Best overlock thread colors to use
For ease of use try to match the tone of a fabric but not necessarily when choosing overlock thread. Example: Use a medium green thread in an overlock stitch over a dark green fabric. The benefit of this approach is that the slight contrast makes it easy to see where your overlock stitch threads lay.
Thread to use for Overlocker machines
For great results on your overlocker machine use good quality, branded, lint free thread. Overlocker thread comes on spools which are larger than traditional sewing machine spools and they are designed to stand upright on the machine. The reason you want a branded thread with the company name marked on the spool is because you'll know the company stands behind the quality of their product.
Cone thread use on your sewing machine
Cone thread as it's most often referred to is just regular sewing thread on a larger spool. You can use cone thread on your home sewing machine though you will need to add an attachment to make it work properly. Cones of thread are larger than regular spools of thread and may not fit on your standard spool holder.
Thread Colors are (almost) universal
Ordering thread of a specific color from a color card that fails to match your fabric can be frustrating. Thankfully thread manufacturers pay attention to the fabric colors of competitors more now than ever. As a result, most thread colors are universal between brands and, most often, what you see on a color card is exactly what you get.
Serger thread doesn't need to match
Serger sewing thread doesn't need to match every color in your fabric. You will most often get eye pleasing results when matching only one color. Alternatively, you can use a base color from the same range of colors that matches none of them exactly. Tip: Focus on lighter colors when no match is available because stronger colors draw the eye to them.
How to spot good bobbin thread
Good bobbin thread is as strong as any sewing machine top thread. Go ahead and compare their tensile strength by seeing how easily they break. Pull the bobbin thread tight and scratch it lightly to see if it frays. Good bobbin thread should not be any more breakable than standard high quality thread.
Engage your thread guide to keep thread in place
The thread guide on your home sewing machine is a small metal hook-shaped ring typically located on the upper needle assembly. By running thread through the thread guide it is kept in place during the sewing process. Engage the thread guide to keep the thread moving smoothly between the spool and needle and to avoid frustrating tangles.