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The Process Behind Our Threads

Have you ever wondered how threads are made? We are using this almost every day. Some of us might even have this handy sewing kit that we carry wherever we go in our bags, which are usually part of our emergency kits. Threads are our savior when we need a quick fix with loose buttons or damaged hems.

            But how the sewing thread is made is a very complicated process that most of us are not aware of. In a bigger picture, the sewing threads are the ones that hold the fabric of our shirt together. Each strand of that thread has its own story. So let us look at what we can learn about our little saviors.

The Different Types of Thread

            All in all, there are three types of thread that we should know of. Each of the thread categories is named after the materials that are used to make the thread. The animal threads are made from animal fibers like wool or silk. The synthetic threads are collected from synthetic fibers like the nylon or polyester. Lastly, the plant threads are from plant fibers like cotton for example. These threads are produced differently and have its own methods before it gets dyed with different colors.

  • Synthetic Threads. These threads are very strong and they never shrink. Polyester is one of the most common types of the synthetic thread which is a byproduct of petroleum for crude oil. The polyester chips are spun into filaments which are, stretched and tested together. The weak spots are removed and only the strong ones are bound together to make long pieces of thread.
  • Silk Threads. The source of this thread are the silkworm who creates its cocoon using a gland under its mouth and secretes a silk string. These silk strings are harvested where the net silk is obtained. Once the moth has left, the fiber that is harvested is called Schappe silk.
  • Cotton Threads. These are collected from cotton fields where it’s separated and cleaned from dirt and gunk collected using a special machine. Once cleaned, the fibers are spun into thread. The threads are pulled through heat and soaked in caustic soda to make it stronger. These are used as the sewing threads.

These threads are collected and goes through a very complicated process. Every wasted thread means that we are also wasting the time and effort of those who processed this threads. With the information above about the complexity of thread processing, we would never look at the threads like we would before.

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