> I'm interested in trying to make myself some SILK boxers.
> _SO_, if you could tell me about needles, thread, or whether silk is
> just plain 'silk', or are there different types of silk material, I
> would really appreciate it.
There are many, many types of silk material, from whispy fine gauze to
tweeds. It can be knitted, too, to make a stretchy fabric like T-shirting
that's great for thermal undies among other things. If you want to handle
various types you can go to
http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/products.cfm?catID=13 and request
samples. They sell fabrics for printing and dyeing so they're plain cream or
You probably want something like a medium silk twill, satin, crepe or a
heavy habotai. They're woven, so you should use a sharp or Universal needle,
size 80. A sharp needle is meant for sewing woven fabrics and it has a sharp
point to pierce the fabric. A stretch needle is for sewing stretch fabrics
(duh) and it has a rounded tip so that it pushes the threads aside rather
than breaking them and causing runs. A universal needle is a compromise and
is fine for most things.
Opinions differ over which thread you should use. Some say that you should
use silk thread on silk, and some say that silk thread is too strong and if
the seam is put under stress the fabric will tear before the thread does.
Whichever you use, make sure it's good quality. I use Gutterman thread and
Schmetz Universal needles for just about everything except jeans hems. For
those I use a jeans needle, which is a fairly strong sharp.
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England