What is bulky/woolly nylon, it is a thread that is made up of roughed up or crinkled fibers in a loose multi stand configuration, unlike regular thread which is 2 or 3 strand twisted together.
It has a strong recommendation for using when sewing with knits.
When not under tension, it is noticeably thicker than regular thread, and when stretched it become thinner and smoother.
The best feature of the bulky/woolly nylon thread is that they stretch. Not a great amount but about 15% to 20%, depending on brand. Maxi-lock stretch the 15%, Gutermann 20%.
How to use it, with sergers use in the loopers, and for sewing machines use in the bobbin.
When to use it, whenever you are sewing with knits, especially for undergarments, activewear, sportswear, and swimwear.
I also use it sometimes with wovens if it is going to be a seam the is going to rub against a lot of skin.
The feel to the skin of this type of thread is fantastic, it soft and smooth.
Drawbacks, first it is nylon, can’t take much heat so if you going to press anything with it, low heat.
Second, It does have a habit of shredding every once in a while, so I go slower when using it, in both sewing machine and serger. Rarely if ever have an issue with shredding.
A recent newcomer to the texturized thread game in Polyarn, and polyester version. Have not tried it but will be getting some soon. It stated to higher heat resistance and less fading (not have any of my nylon fade).
My serger is a Singer Professional 5 (14T968DC), the Sewing machine is a Brother Project Runway (CE1100).
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