Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thread Tip: Light Grey as a Neutral


Did you know that pale grey thread blends with tons of colors? I first learned this from my mom; I think it's some sort of top secret quilting knowledge. I put it to use recently in my lingerie sewing. With my slip pattern, there's contrast lace trim all over the place. It can be annoying to try to match thread colors, because you have to keep switching from your main to your contrast color depending on if you're sewing the fabric or lace.

Enter grey thread! It seems like magic, but it blends seamlessly with both bright white lace and lavender fabric. Here it is on the lace side--there's a large zigzag on both the top and bottom of the lace, but you can't see it at all.


And here it is from the back.

It's like a chameleon! I'm using Mettler Meterosene color 0854, also called "Saturn."

Grey thread works for all sorts of lighter-colored fabrics. Give it a try!

40 comments:

  1. Also medium grey for medium projects, and dark grey for dark projects. It's an emergency go-to when you run out of thread, but you can happily spend your entire sewing career using nothing but grey threads.

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  2. This amazing. So going to do this in the future. thanks for sharing

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  3. Thanks for the tip! I have to try it! :)

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  4. Yeah, if you ever get a minute, take one of the quilting classes at Craftsy. I learned so many little things like this, that apply to garment sewing just as well.
    I know you just have tons of free time for more hobbies, right?

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  5. I have been using gray in my quilting. I never knew that before I started quilting that gray could be such a wonderful color for sewing! :)

    Also am new to your blog and have pre-ordered your new book and bought your first one. Am so happy to have found you!

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  6. Oh ...I did not know that!!!! Love it ! Thanks...:)

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  7. Good idea Gertie - thanks!
    Pat.

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  8. Thank you for the official "permission" to do this. You are such an inspiration!

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  9. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  10. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  11. Not too long ago I've started using a medium grey in my serger after I got tired of changing the colors for each project and also found that it matched most of my projects :-)

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  12. What a wonderful tip! Thank you for sharing that. It will save some money, too.

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  13. My fav neutral go to color is ecru,tan,stuff like that. It's totally invisible.Hardly ever haveto change my serger...:-)

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  14. I worked years in RTW mens suit manufacturing and we used grey thread(bouth light and dark) on automated pocket machines. It really does blend grat with other colours

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  15. This is a great tip! I learned this many years ago while taking an overlock class. Grey thread is great to use with an overlock as well.....we all know what a headache changing the thread on that machine can be. It can be used for many projects without having to re-thread! Yay!

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  16. White, black and grey are the only colors you need for stage costumes, old costumer's trick.

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  17. I learned in sewing class that if you are choosing between 2 colors of thread, go darker rather than lighter. Lighter thread stands out, while darker blends in better.

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  18. Oooo that's a new one for the knowledge bank ;) thanks for sharing!!

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  19. Fantastic tip thanks, it's one colour I dont have. Will definitely be getting some.

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  20. Now that's a helpful hint!

    When I got my overlocker, it came with four reels of light grey thread and I thought, pfft, what the hell am I going to do with light grey? It all makes sense now.

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  21. Grey thread is a great neutral. I work in a quilt store and we buy it by the case because we sell it so much and recommend it so much to customers. It is a more important color to a sewist than white or black Try Gutterman 813 for a great grey neutral.

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  22. I had no idea, what a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Thank you very much for this very handy tip.

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  24. it's a handy trick isn't it? I just learned this recently too; since starting work as a tailor's assistant.

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  25. Just last month I read an article in Australian Stitches magazine and they suggested getting white, red and grey for overlocking threads to go with nearly everything and they showed some samples - same thing..blended in perfectly. I bought my grey overlocking thread yesterday!

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  26. I was just wondering what a good neutral for serging would be, thanks everyone!

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  27. Thanks for sharing, brilliant tip. I will be stocking up on my grey thread.

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  28. It's true. I recently had a colorful quilt top quilted with grey thread and it completely blends in.

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  29. I've been using light grey for a long while and, also, believe it or not a mustard gold that also ends up being a neutral, something I'd never have guessed before my local sewing shop owner suggested it.

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  30. This is a tremendous top tip thank you!

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  31. I just love this tip.... I am in the process of making sleeping caps and this will help trememdously. Hugs!

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  32. This is one of my favorite tricks. I started doing it years ago. It's particularly handy in the serger - four cones of light grey get a lot of use and aren't as glaring inside lighter colored garments :-). Thanks for the validation!

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  33. Great tip! This is indeed the perfect neutral color.

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  34. grey thread! who knew! grey may become my best friend lol! multicolor fabrics are the worse to match up, thanks for the tip!
    Helen

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  35. I sort of guessed that on my own yesterday, then I found your article by chance today and now I am comforted in my choice to buy 10 spools of light grey thread :D

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