I love silk threads. I refuse to sew my clothes with anything else than silk, unless I really have to. When it comes to embroideries, I haven’t abandoned and will not abandon wool threads yet, but hey – there is something quite irresistible with the way silk shines.
But there is a but.
Embroideries and stitches must survive me, my kids and washing. Over time silk knots will come undone and the ends of threads will wiggle their way out of where ever I have tried to weave them. The result: the embroidery or seam will start to come undone too.
Silk is also not as strong as they say. I need to redo all the buttons of a cote and hood ensemble because the slightly rough shanks of the metal buttons just ate their way through the silk threads (and through all the linen threads I tried to salvage the situation with, too). My son lost a button just yesterday when the silk thread broke. And this thread was of the thick, strong button-hole kind, and the shank of the button was not sharp.
I’m still looking for a solution. Nowadays I tie off the thread as shown on the video below and add a few extra knots on top. Then I weave the end of the thread this way and that way. The only downside is you don’t always have enough of thread to do all this. So what then – a drop of glue? Hate to admit it, but I have had to resort to that once too.
What IS the best way?