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Thread: perle cotton question

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    Super Member SuzyQ's Avatar
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    I have #12 perle cotton and want something heavier so do I need something like an #8 or #10 or is that thinner? I can NEVER remember these things and of course if I wrote it down, I'd never remember where I put it.

    Thanks, Susan

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    I believe in thread - the lower the number the heavier the thread......
    same for needles.

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    Smaller is heavier

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    And there isn't a size 10. They go from 12, the finest, then 8 and 5.

    To help you remember, perhaps you can visualise spinners in the past. They had a specific length measuring stick (Different for Europe compared to the UK, I believe). If they weighed out a pound of thread and wrapped it around the measuring stick, if it was finer thread, it would go round more times than if it was thicker thread. This is a simplified version.

    So size 12 Perle would go round more times for its given weight than size 5. Hope that helps, rather than confusing you.

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    Perle cotton is like needle size - a 10 needle is larger than an 11 needle.
    Perle cotton runs from size 3 (thickest), size 5, size 8 to size 12 (thinnest)
    Hope this helps. Carol

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    Thanks ... this group is the best!

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