Polyester Sail Thread
This is the "Cadillac" of all threads. It is non-linting, will not fuzz
or accumulate in the sewing machine mechanism. Sailmakers thread is only
available in white and black. The V30 is for general purpose use and the
V46 for heavier duty use such as 1.5 ripstop and leading edges. This is a
very strong mono filiment single strand thread, pre-stretched and UV
coated. This is the most economical way to buy thread.
Now you can jazz up the looks of the kite you build at home with
fancy threads. All of the kites, stunt or single line, that you buy at
the store or order look the same when it comes to stitching. Straight or
zigzagged. Plain sewing is just that, plain.
On a dark background, black, violet, blue, green, etc., you can
use any of the decorative threads. You can use ordinary black thread in
the bobbin for the underside or any color to match your fabric and most of
the decorative threads can be used in the bobbin. It depends on the
effect you want for your project and if you want both sides of the kite
decorated or glissening. On a light type of fabric, yellow, white, lt.
blue, etc., use the darker threads for a "touch of elegance". You can do
this type of sewing on the leading edges of stunt kites or on any seam on
any kite or banner. Also think about redoing some of your already built
How to: Using the sewing machine that you currently use to make kites,
you can use this method. To hold the pieces of ripstop together, use a
long basting straight stitch (as few stitches per inch as possible) using
the same color thread as the fabric color. Now you can go back and fancy
things up. Try not to sew through tape of any kind, this could gum up the
needle and snap the thread. You may need to loosen the machine upper
tension a little for the decorative threads. The needle must be kept very
sharp for sewing through ripstop.
Stitch: Try using a fancy stitch and practice on some scrap ripstop or
dacron. Most machines today will do some type of different stitch. If
your machine does only straight, open the stitch up (as few stitches per
inch). If your machine will do both straight and zigzag, use the zigzag
and open the stitch up (as few stitches per inch as possible). If your
machines does the fancy stitches as well, you can lengthen the stitch or
make the stitch as wide as possible or any combination of the two.
Practice with your machine to get the most eye pleasing results for the
thread you choose. If you want to use a double needle in combination with
zigzag stitches, be careful that the movement of the needles from side to
side does not exceed the space on the sewing machine presser foot or the
hole in the throat plate. The needle could strike either the foot or the
plate and break the needle or damage your sewing machine.
Threads: These hard to find theads are sold in some sewing stores.
We've tested many different threads and picked these for their unusual
appearance on kites and banners. Stitched samples of decorative threads
are available upon request at no charge. The threads listed should work
on all types of machines. Start with a size 70 needle, go to a size 80 if
the thread breaks. Also try loosening the top thread tension if you are
still having problems. If that doesn't fix the problem, use a sewing
machine embroidery needle. The eye of the needle is slightly larger and
135 yard standard spool
250 yard tall spool. Rayon 40 weight.
Rayon 40 weight
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Variegated, Rayon 40
Madeira Dazzle Metalic (183 yd std)
YLI Threads (250 yd small cone)
Schmetz embroidery needles (for any standard sewing machine)
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