It’s the thread that counts

Every house has an emergency sewing kit. You’ll never know when you need it since almost everybody has a shirt that needs a button to be sewn on. But nobody has ever thought about how thread is made. In reality, almost everything that you wear is made out of individual threads, like a molecule or a DNA. Each and every one of it is important. This makes a fabric which is then turned into clothes, bed sheets, curtains, and so much more.

There are different types of threads that are categorized depending on what kind of material it is made from. If it is made from animal fibres, these make silk and wool. If it comes from synthetic fibres like nylon and polyester, then these are called synthetic threads. Lastly, if it comes from plant fibres, then plant threads like cotton is made. It’s pretty easy to understand and each one of them has different features. Knowing what these are can help you choose what kind of thread you will use in the future.

Strong threads

Synthetic threads are considered one of the strongest threads and they never shrink too. it comes from polyester chips which are spun into long filaments. These filaments are then bound together and then stretched. Each of them is tested and if there are any weak spots, it is being taken care of right away by removing them. the strong ones are bound together to make the finished product.

Soft and cool threads

Cotton comes from plants which are picked from cotton fields and then placed into large bales. The bales work to collect the gunk and the dirt from the cotton which is then separated to be cleaned in a different machine. Once it’s all clean, the fibres are then collected to be spun into a thread. After that, these are combined to form a stronger thread which is commonly known as a sewing thread. It is pulled through an immense heat and is then submerged in caustic soda to make it even stronger.

Worms that helps

The silkworm creates a cocoon by secreting a silk string from a gland under its mouth. Don’t worry because the silk can be harvested without having to kill the silkworm or it can be harvested when the worm has left its cocoon which is called the Schappe silk. This is stronger than the other type of silk which is the nett silk. This requires additional steps to smoothen it out before manufacture.

The three types of threads are important and have helped create a lot of things not just clothes. It’s not only made for fashion, but it is used every day for different kinds of purpose. Choosing the right thread can help when creating something in the future that can benefit everybody.