Serger Thread Doesn’t Need to Match

It is generally not necessary for the thread used in a serger to match the fabric being sewn.

A serger, also known as an overlock machine, is a type of sewing machine that is used to finish the raw edges of a seam and prevent the fabric from fraying.

The thread used in a serger is typically not visible on the finished garment, so it does not need to match the fabric.

However, if you are using a serger to create a decorative seam or for a visible hem, you may want to use thread that matches the fabric to create a more cohesive look.

It is not necessary for the thread used in a serger to match the fabric.

Thread matching, learn how it’s done

Thread matching is the process of choosing the right thread to use with your sewing fabric.

For color matching, choose a thread that is one shade darker than the fabric to be sewn.

For best results, match thread fiber type with fabric fiber type.

Thread weight selection has been made simple, match the rating on it’s label with that of the fabric’s rating.

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.

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.

Serger thread doesn't need to match

Bobbin thread does not need to be the same color

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, typically any bobbin thread color will work.

Thread types (and number) to use on a serger

Regular thread DOES work on a serger sewing machine, but will run out more quickly.

The number of threads to use at one time depends on the machine. A 2-4 serger sewing machine requires two to four threads, depending on setting.

Likewise, a 3-4 Serger requires a minimum of three and maximum of four threads and a 5 thread serger machine requires five threads.

Sewing vs embroidery thread

Embroidery thread is more decorative in appearance when compared with regular sewing thread.

Embroidering thread is typically shinier, with more vibrant colors, and is available in more textures than sewing thread.

As a result, regular sewing thread is generally stronger and more durable than embroidery specific thread, whether it’s cotton or polyester.

About quilting with regular thread

You can quilt with regular thread, I often use a fine, strong two-ply 50 or 60 weight thread for piecing.

I find that it allows me to sew true quarter inch seams.

50 weight thread works, but you can sometimes see your stitches, so use the 60 weight, or even bigger 80 or 100 weight thread, when possible.

Maxi-lock thread is popular (but is it good?)

Maxi-Lock thread is a brand of sewing thread made by ‘American and Efird co’.

It is a popular thread choice with home tailors who prefer using a serger sewing machine.

Maxi-lock thread is 100% polyester, exceptionally soft, is available in dozens of vibrant colors and lends itself well to high-speed sewing. Yes, it’s a good thread.

The best starter sewing thread (most commonly used)

In speaking with other seamstress, I find that 50 weight polyester cotton blend thread is the most commonly used thread, for most project types.

It is suitable for use with a wide range of fabrics, including stretch.

With experience preferences change, but for starting out you can’t go wrong with a good polyester cotton blend thread.