This is my current make in a gorgeous teal crepe. The seams are finished by overlocking in red thread because a) I couldn’t be bothered to change the threads, b) I like the contrast and c) no one will see this.
On the same make, there’s top stitching involved. I sewed that in matching thread because a) I couldn’t be bothered to change the threads, b) any issues with accuracy will become screamingly obvious and c) everyone will see this.
I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to contrast thread with topstitching and I pick my battles. I want to know that I have pretty good control of the fabric on the machine and I’ll use my number 57 Bernina foot to make sure things stay accurate. Then, maybe I’ll use a contrast thread. But if I was topstitching a collar in thick wool, I’d definitely choose matching thread, thanks very much. I don’t need to draw attention to any less than perfect sewing!
I have used contrasts with delightful results. This skirt still brings me pleasure every time I wear it.
I’ve also seen some very successful top stitching from other people. I’d love to know their secrets! Any tips, my friends? For example, I’ve never used specialist top stitching thread. Does it make a big difference?
And are you sometimes like me – too lazy to change your overlocker thread?