(Warning...long post. May be hazardous to your eyes!)
It was a Mystery to me...the process of
how our commercial threads come to be. Okay...I did
have a vague idea. I do go thru a bit of fiber processing
when I spin fibers into yarn on my spinning wheel.
But, it was quite an eye opener to read about how
VERY involved the making of our sewing threads really is!
** Please, note...ALL of the pictures posted below are
from this link - Discover How Thread Is Made
You can find out even more details by going there. =)
Starting with large bales of cotton or polyester...
The cotton fibers are "sifted" thru large machines
to create sliver (lengthwise fiber, untwisted)
This is a picture of coils of sliver in BIG bins.
Sliver strands being turned into roving
...getting ready to be twisted
These machines are twisting fiber into thread.
HUGE difference compared to spinning fibers into
single strands on a spinning wheel.
Then, spools go thru fault detectors before...
they go to the dye plant...
Here is where dyes are mixed by
using special formulas to get exact colors
for the upcoming season as well as standard colors.
After the threads are dyed they go into
another large container to steam and dry...
taking about 8 hours.
Once threads are dyed and dry...they
go thru a finish coating...different kinds and
processes depending on what the thread will be used for.
Thread then moves from large spools to smaller ones.
Labels are put on. Spools are packaged
and/or boxed, then...
I only posted/pictured about half of the
process that fiber goes thru to get into our hands.
And, this was, for the most part,
only the process that cotton goes thru. If we
added in the process of many of our other materials like
wool, silk, bamboo, linen, etc...you'd probably be asleep
at the computer while reading this post. (if you aren't already!)
Wake up...wake up...we're going to play a game!
It's the Mystery Monday GAME!
Are you awake now? okeee, led-dus beee-gin.
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Just leave one comment and tell us TWO things:
What is your favorite thread to machine sew your quilts?
Do you usually match your thread colors to the fabric
as exact as possible or do you just use neutral colors?
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