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What Percentage of Threads Do You Waste?

Just a sewing thought on a stormy day here in Nova Scotia.

You use thread to sew. At the end of the seam, or whatever it is you are sewing, there are some thread you tie off and/or cut off. You have to, in order to do your sewing practically.

But have you ever thought how much that wasted thread is of all the thread used?

It’s not an easy thing to figure out or estimate, considering it varies a lot since every time you sew something, the amount differs a bit, but what you leave at the end to cut off is probably similar length. Then you have “weighted” situations, like serged seams, that are 3 or 4 times each regular sewn seam with one thread at a time.

Then depending on style for each of us on how we sew and what we cut off, the answer will differ for us all.

There’s probably an answer range that would encompass the answer for most of us, but I’m not sure what that would be, even, though it wouldn’t be something ridiculous like 100% or 50% even.

Still, I look at the thread wasted as I finish each seam and cut off excess to put in the garbage, and often wonder. But whatever the answer, one thing I can do about it is to try and waste as little as possible. It’s only a tiny difference here or there from what I might have left otherwise at the end of my seams. However, like anything each one of us can do that helps the world, it’s the accumulation of small bits over time that will ultimately make the difference.

Can Dark Denim Be Coupled with Light Fabric in a Garment?

I got some ridiculously cheap stretch denim today. It’s the usual dark navy colour that will run more than some formerly great rivers are today. But like those rivers, it won’t run forever, though it may take a rather long time before it runs only to a negligible amount.

I’ve been told I can wash it to death in hot water, then soak in cold with vinegar, and also with salt, to help set in the remaining colours after that.

But would it ever be set enough that I can sew it with a white denim in a garment?

What about other light fabrics that might resist the denim’s colour running? There must be some that isn’t the waterproof rainwear stuff. Even if it’s a heavy polyester.

And what about white embroidery on denim? Would those threads get stained?

I basically don’t want a dark denim garment, and want to contrast it with something light. What are my options?

Which Threads Get Used Most and Least on a Serger?

I use a serger on which I switch threads, usually for colour, far more often than I like. I’ve never kept track of which spool I put where but have finally noticed some are thinner than others on how much thread remains on them. I mostly do just the general 4 thread serging with upper and lower loopers, then left and right needles.

I don’t think the threads feed through at the same rate, seeing how some threads criss-cross on a serged seam, and some just go straight. Can someone please tell me which threads get used the most, down to which the least, on a serger? I’m going to start rotating thick and thin spools every time I need to change threads so I can go through spools more evenly.

Thank you.