Vintage Sewing

Advice needed on thread choice and pinking shears

May 29, 2011

Hi All, I was wondering whether anyone could advice me. I know that you need to use polyester thread for poly cotton garments however some threads seem to leave quite a hard little edge which is a problem particularly for a bodice. I’m not sure if I have particularly sensitive skin .Does this affect anyone else? How can it be avoided. it doesn’t seem to depend on the quality of the thread as this seems to happen with expensive threads too.In fact I tried lots of threads for comparison and the one which was least scratchy seemed to be the uber cheap all purpose I don’t like to use in my machine because I’m worried about all the fluff messing it up.Off course it’s mainly on the zig zag stitch but I need this to finish the edges as my pinking shears are rubbish and just shred the garment. Oh actually. I need to invest in some really good pinking shears. Any suggestions? I paid £10 for the pair I have so I expected them to be ok so I ‘d rather not waste any more money and just get a really good pair even if they aren’t cheap.

  1. You don't necessarily need to use a poly thread on poly cotton. If you are having trouble with it, you might want to switch to a silk thread or an all cotton thread (look in quilting notions, if necessary to find them at a reasonable price).

    You didn't say what brand your pinking shears are but my Gingher's have served me well. Note that even with Gingher's it is recommended that you cut through only one layer at a time.

  2. I use Maxi-lock thread for everything. It is fine and soft and even though it is really made for sergers, I have found it performs well in all the jobs that I have used it for. I have not found it to give off too much fuzz, but fuzz will not be a problem if you give the bobbin area a good brushing on a regular basis. I do it quickly everytime I begin to sew.

    Good luck with your sewing projects.


  3. Yes, you can definitely use 100% cotton thread when sewing poly-cotton garments. I use Mettler and haven't had any trouble with fuzz.

    I can't give any advice about pinking shears because I inherited mine.

  4. Hi Thank you all for taking time out to comment.
    That makes me intrested to see what overlock cotton I could get.never considered using it on a normal sewing machine.
    I haven't heard of Ginghers before. will have to check them out.I never try to do more then single thickness but mine just shred any garment. Unfortunatly I didn't care for my machine too well at first so I suspect it's full of fuss and really needs a clean out and oil thank you for suggesting just to give it a quick clean out sewing happy place before sewing. I 'm hoping that in this case I haven't allready wrecked my machine but will definitly do this from now on.

  5. Gingher scissors are pricey, but very, very good. I own a pair of their thread trimming scissors and can;t imagine being without them! WOuld love to get a pair of fabric shears by them as well.

  6. In a less pricey category, I've had Fiskar pinking shears that have held up great for.. oh, 20 years :-)? So I do recommend them warmly..

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