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Behind the Scenes with Thread Making

We rarely think about it, but thread is really important. Threads of all kinds literally hold our world together. Learn step-by-step how these little guys are made from the embroidery store Las Vegas residents love.

Step 1: Bales  – First, cotton or polyester arrives in huge bales (yes, like hay). The bales are opened and the fibers are pressed into sheets that are called laps. If the thread is to be made of cotton, then it has to be cleaned to get rid of dirt and seeds.

Step 2: Carding – This is where the fibers are separated, straightened and cleaned. After that bit of processing, the fibers are combined into long fluffy ropes called slivers. These fat threads are  coiled in preparation for threading.

Step 3: Drawing & Roving – Next, eight or so slivers are combined to make one giant sliver. This blending is done to make sure the fibers are uniform when it comes time to actually make the threads. After blending, the big sliver is separated into smaller ones that are smaller than the original slivers. The fibers are twisted a little too so that they can be stronger. These are called rovings.

Step 4: Ring Spinning – The rovings are spun and twisted into yarn and wound around a ring tube. By this step, the fibers are about the thickness of the desired finished thread product. If a stronger thread is being made, it will be spun one more time around another material like polyester.

Step 5: Clearing & Splicing – Here, the ring tubed threads are checked for defaults. Threads that are too short are spliced together. Threads that are too damaged are cleared from the production line.

Step 6: Twisting – A left turn twist is applied to make the threads stronger and more flexible. Then the threads are wrapped around a big tube that looks a lot like a hair roller. These are called dye packages.

Step 7: Add Color – While all this is going on, a computer mixes the dye that will give the threads the color specified by a particular recipe. Then the dye and the threads head to the dye room to be processed. The dye packages are put into huge pressurized vats that help every strand get saturated with dye.

Step 8: Drying – The colored dye packages are put onto a pulley system that moves them through a steamer to dry.

Step 9: Singeing – The dye packages are sent from the dye plant to the finishing plant where the threads are heated up to get rid of fly-away fibers.

Step 10: Lubrication – Depending on how the thread will be used, a lubricant will be added to make it easier to for the thread to slide. Then it’ll try for about eight hours.

Step 11: Spooling & Ticketing – The dried threads are wrapped around the spools that you see when your buy thread in the store. Then the spools are inspected by an operator while a machine flips all the spools the right way and gives them a sticker.

Step 12: Boxing – The same ticketing machine packages the completed spools into boxes that it built. The machine even closes and labels the boxes.

Step 13: Check, Check, Check! – The threads are checked for color and strength quality through nearly every step of this process.

If some kind of specialty thread is needed, like the thread this embroidery store Las Vegas will use to create you a custom item, then these steps do become more complicated. To learn more about this embroidery store in Las Vegas, contact American Stitch at 702.233.8567.