Sewing Tip: Bobbin Thread Color

Usually when you thread your machine you use the same color for the top spool as you do for the bobbin.  This is fine when the fabrics you are sewing together are the same or when the underside of your project will never be visible.  However, if you are sewing something like a place mat and the top side is one color and the underside is a different color, it will look more professional if you match the thread on each side.

This is easy to do: what you need to know is that when you’re top-stitching the thread you see on the right side of the fabric (the side facing up to you) is coming from the top spool of thread and the stitching underneath (the side facing down while
you’re sewing) is coming from the bobbin.

 

Match the bobbin thread as closely as you can to the fabric on the underside of your project.  If there is great contrast between the top and bottom fabrics (as seen in my example) some of the darker thread will still be visible on the underside but it will be a lot more subtle.

4 thoughts on “Sewing Tip: Bobbin Thread Color

  1. stitchy1

    The tension is pretty good but could use a little tweaking. Perhaps the best way to do it is to thread with contrasting colors! I might do that. Thanks!

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  2. shirley

    This is exactly the information I needed. I am new to sewing. I had very bad experiences with the sewing machine my mother had and have kept away from sewing with a machine for most of my life. Now I am trying my hand at quilting. The first quilt I made was all hand sewn. I have bought a machine and am learning from scratch and by myself. I wondered about the color of bobbin thread showing through. Thank you for sharing this information.

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    1. angelina Post author

      Shirley -I’m so sorry your comment was stuck in moderation for such a long time!!! I’m so happy that I was able to give you some useful information.

      Reply

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