Upholstery Sewing 101

At least once in your life, it may well be just a fact, that you have in one way or another torn a piece of clothing you were wearing. You may have torn a bit of your pants from falling off a tree when you were playing outdoors, or your shirt could have gotten stuck on a hook and you accidentally pull it thereby creating a hole, or just the simple hole in the sock moment that most of you have already experience without a doubt.

A common practice in each household is that instead of having to buy for example another pair of socks or a brand new shirt, you or your mum or your sister or even your dad, just takes out your family’s handy-dandy sewing kit, and just fix that hole right up. It is not only very fulfilling because it is your very own DIY project, but it is also very inexpensive and it saves you a lot of money. But what about when it happens to the seating of your couch? What if someone accidentally scratches it with a sharp object and it just opens up? Or what if your ottoman gets a tear with all the moving around, or your leather seats in your car gets a hole because of the dog? What would you do then? Those are much more expensive items to just instantly replace so the actual best thing to is to just DIY it again. By knowing the correct upholstery sewing threads to use in such situation, you would be able to save so much money in the long run.

From Threads to Fabric

The number one step in repairing upholstery in your home is not just knowing which sewing thread to use, but the first thing to consider is what type of fabric you would be working with. This is the most important starting point so that you could easily partner it with not only the right colour thread, but more importantly, the right kind of thread. There are actually different kinds of fabric being used in upholstery but the more common ones are leather which tends to be heavier, silk which is a really light and soft fabric, acetate which is similar to silk but has more lustre, velvet which is a woven and soft fabric, linen which is one of the most common choices for its durability and affordability, cotton which a popular choice for being breathable and soft, and so much more which includes other synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester.

Sewing The Pieces Together

Once you figure out the type of fabric you need to work with, knowing the best type of upholstery sewing thread would just be a piece of weak. When you are working with heavier types of fabric such as any kind of leather, it is best to use Nylon threads as it has a high resistance compared to other threads available. It would not break or stain easily as it could endure higher levels of temperature. For softer fabrics like acetate, linen or polyester you can opt to use a synthetic thread such as polyester. This gives you better control when you sew whether with a machine or by hand because of its high elasticity.

But, do not be fooled by it because even though it has a high sew ability, it is also very durable among all of the other threads. For working with more natural threads that that you want to maintain an authenticity to, you can choose the combination of a natural and synthetic thread – the poly cotton upholstery thread. Because cotton has a natural toughness to it, this makes the thread highly resistant with great robustness. Since it has the properties of cotton, it also adds a genuineness to it making it perfect for classic pieces. The synthetic part of it which is polyester gives the thread added durability and stretch ability, making it very easy to work with.

It’s a Colourful World

You might think that only all-purpose and common threads have a wide array of colours to choose from. But, this isn’t the case at all. With the different kinds of fabrics you can mix and match in all of your upholstery needs, threading companies which provide such specialized threads for such a use are also adapting to the thread colours available for you to use. There are already a wide array of colours available for each kind of thread these thread makers are offering in the market. You would not have to use a weirdly coloured thread just to fix your upholstery problems as there are already a lot of options you could choose from already. That way, you would not need to compromise on the quality and the look of your living room, bedroom, or even your car when you decide to just do your upholstery repairs on your own.