This listing is for individual skeins of thread. To purchase, select the color and quantity of the thread that you would like to receive.
Basting Thread is available in four colors: Pink, Blue, Yellow and Natural.
Fiber: 100% Cotton Length: 420 meters/ 490 yard skeins Country of Origin: Made in Japan
As you progress in sewing, you will find that there are a great variety of threads available. Some threads are for general sewing whereas others are more specialized. The type of thread you need will be based upon several factors such as the type of fabric and its weight, structure and texture-Characteristics that affect the way the materials behave during construction and subsequent wear. After that, it gets to a matter of technique. Will you be sewing by hand or machine? Will the stitching be permanent, temporary, or decorative? When choosing thread for temporary stitching, or basting, you will want to use a fine silk or single-ply cotton thread that is easy to see, strong enough to hold the fabric and easy to remove. This Japanese cotton basting thread is my favorite. I use it to thread trace the position of seam lines, hems, grainline, fold lines as well as other key pattern markings. Unlike when using chalk or carbon tracing paper to mark pattern pieces, basting stitches are visible from both sides of the fabric making it very easy to see how and where to align each piece.
EASY TO SEE AND EASY TO REMOVE This cotton basting thread has a loose twist and a very soft finish with a bit of "tooth" to it. Meaning, that it stays in the fabric until it is pulled out but it also easy to see and easy to break with your fingers. Additionally, cotton basting thread rarely leaves an impression on fabric which gives you the ability to lightly press as you work. (Test a scrap of fabric with the thread, heat and moisture before trying it out on your garment.) This basting thread comes in a hank and is available in four colors: natural, pink, yellow and blue. Tip: I generally do my thread tracing in the natural and designate the other colors for marking the grainline, basting fabric layers together and for fitting.
PREPARING THE THREAD This thread comes in a hank (also sometimes called a skein), which is big loop of thread twisted into a coil. You might be wondering why it would be sold this way and how in the world do you use it without it becoming a tangled mess. This form of packaging prevents the natural cotton fibers from stretching which in turn helps to prevent twisting and tangling when stitching. Instead of cutting into individual lengths and risk tangling the entire hank, here is another way to prepare the thread for easy use. - Remove the paper label - Gently untwist the thread and open it into a long loop. - Take a scrap of fabric and tie it around the center. - The manufacturer has tied off the loop in one or more places to keep it from tangling. Snip those ties. - Take a pair of scissors and cut through the center opposite the side that is tied with the fabric - Pull a thread and baste away! You now have an entire hank of thread in ready to sew lengths of about 48".