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Old 09-14-2011, 07:13 AM
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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.

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I believe in thread - the lower the number the heavier the thread......
same for needles.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:26 AM
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Smaller is heavier
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:26 AM
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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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Old 09-14-2011, 10:05 AM
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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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