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Why Weight Matters

4th October 2007

Why Weight Matters

Yesterday I told you that one of the reasons EnMart chose to sell Iris thread was the fact that the thread was a true 40 weight thread.  Today I want to tell you what that means, and why thread weight matters.

 Thread weight actually does have as much to do with the weight of the thread as it does with the thickness.  A true 40 weight thread will save you money and time in a variety of ways.   These are just a few of those ways.

 Less Costly Digitizing -  True 40 weight thread will save you money on digitizing your design.  Because a true 40 weight thread,  like the Iris Polyester Thread, fills better, your design will require less stitches.  Less stitches means less thread, and less time to needed to stitch the design.

 Better Fill – A true 40 weight thread fills the design better than a thread of a lesser weight.  Because a true 40 weight thread is thicker, you will get better coverage on the fabric.  Your designs will also require less stitches to fill the same amount of space.

Fewer Breaks- Breaks are the bane of every machine embroiderer’s existance.  A true 40 weight thread is a hardier thread and, provided your machine tensions are adjusted correctly, is more likely to run for longer stretches of time without breaks.  It goes without saying that fewer breaks mean being able to finish a design in less time, which will increase your production.  Increased production means you can do more designs in the same amount of time, which will lead to increased revenue.

Less Splitting – Arcs and curves are a common feature in many designs today.  A standard thread will often split when stitching a logo which has an arc or a curve in the design.  A true 40 weight thread can handle the increased stress that an arc or curve can place, and will be more resistant to splitting.  This, again, means your design will require less time to complete. 

Now that you understand how much difference the weight of your thread can make, you need to understand how to determine the true weight of the thread you use.  There are many thread in the marketplace that are labelled 40 weight thread, but not all of them are actually 40 weight.  How can you, as a consumer, tell the difference?

The weight measurement for thread is is actually based on length not heaviness. A thread is labelled a 40 weight thread because 40 kilometers of the thread will weigh one kilogram.  The weight is determined by how many kilometers of the thread it takes to amount to one kilogram in weight.  The lower the weight number, the heavier the thread.  Since it isn’t always practical to weight 40 kilometers of thread, you will most likely have to take the manufacturers word for the weight of their thread. 

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