GUTTERMAN 100% COTTON THREAD
I mention the cotton and linen thread as it is what I like to use . . PLEASE know that there are many other rug hookers out there in ''Hooking'' land that have other preferences and thats fine but here I am writing what my choices are and how I enjoy the finishing part of a rug! . .
After having repaired old rugs for many years I have become fussy . . I do not like to use polyester threads . . .
After my first quilt -king size-sewn with polyester thread . . .melted on ironing the finished quilt-every last stitched seam!!!(apparently I was not supposed to iron it which seemed a ridiculous reason to me) . . . . . Poly threads cut into the fibre also . . .I would never sew on a binding by machine!!!Eventually the edge will just fall off . . . .as I have witnessed in many old rugs finished this way . . . .
THEREFORE . . . .
its always 100% cotton for me for quilts and rugs now!
I find that any thread with a name you can't pronounce is probably a good one! I use Gutterman or Mettler silk Egyptian cotton . . .
READ the words . . all spools of thread have information on them . . .. the thickness . . .
#40 for machine sewing . . .
#50 is probably best for sewing on your binding . . .
Upholstery thread #50 on right in photo is shiny . . .its polyester . . .and it feels terrible in the fingers . . .a good reason to HATE finishing if you use the poly threads!!
Gutterman HAND Quilting 100% cotton thread is thicker and does well as a thread for sewing on the binding.
I could go on and on about thread but thats enough !
. . .well . . .for today at least!