You can dye your fabric stitches using any kind of fabric dye that is suitable enough for your clothes. Fabric dye will dye your stitches along with the cloth if they are natural.
If the stitches in your clothes are not natural fibers, they will need different kinds of dye for dyeing. In addition, if you dye the stitches with other normal fabric dyes that are not natural threads but rather they are manmade, they will not affect them.
How to Dye Stitching on Clothes?
Two types of threads are used in sewing clothing. And they are- 1. Natural threads or cotton threads and 2. Manmade or polyester or nylon threads. Although cotton threads are not that strong, that is why polyester or nylon threads are broadly used for stitching on clothes.
For dyeing the stitches on clothing, at first, you have to check the materials of your cloth and the stitches. Otherwise, you will get a different color pattern on your dyed clothes than you expect.
1. Before dyeing the first thing you have to do is wash your clothes.
2. Then you have to use a fabric conditioner so that the detergent or the dye does not damage the threads of your clothes.
3. Carefully look for the instructions for dyeing your clothes or the stitches on your clothes and the dye by the manufacturing company.
4. Dry your clothes completely naturally before you use them.
5. For better results soak your clothes for enough time and wash them before you use them.
Here show different dyeing ways of stitches on cloths.
Dye Cotton Fiber Stitches
For dyeing the natural fiber like cotton or silk threads, you can just follow the above steps if your clothes are also made of cotton fiber. However, it is better to check the instructions and test the dye for your clothes.
As we know, cotton stitches are not that strong, so dyeing with harsh dye can damage your clothes as well as the stitches. So, put the dye in a small amount on a corner of your clothes that is not the visible side of your clothes.
Check if the dye is compatible with your cloth or not. If it is okay to go, try dyeing your clothes. It will dye the stitches also.
Dye Polyester or Nylon Fiber Stitches
If you did a dye on your clothes and the stitches did not have any effect on them because they are manmade threads, then you need different kinds of dyes for them. Here are some ways for dyeing polyester or nylon threads-
Dyeing With Permanent Markers
You can just color the stitches on your clothes using a permanent marker pen of the desired color. Although this technique is not quite effective. In addition, it may not give the perfect shade of color you want for your stitches on clothes and it may wash away after washing it once.
Dye by Using Fabric Crayons
You can also use crayons on your stitches that are for manmade threads. At first, you have to use the crayon on the stitches, then you have to iron them to make them permanent.
Dye by Using Special Dyes
For polyester, nylon, synthetic, or other unnatural threads you have to use special dyes like disperse dye. These are only for the threads to dye permanently. Some manufacturing companies made dyes for polyester threads.
1. First, take an amount of hot water in a large pot or container.
2. Protect your work area where you want to dye your clothes.
3. Add the dye and vinegar into the water; give it a mix well.
4. Test the color before you put on your clothes.
5. Put your washed clothes into the mixture and stir it for some time to cover the dye and give it arrest for 30 minutes.
6. After that, wash your clothes again and dry them completely.
7. It is better to wash by hand before using your clothes.
The methods can be different depending on the types of dyes you are using. Some dyes are only for nylon stitches. Then you may have to work carefully and diligently not to damage your clothes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Qu 1: How do you dye clothes with embroidery?
If the embroidery is made with nylon thread, but the dress is made of cotton or viscose rayon, then the answer is to dye with a cool water fiber reactive dye, using soda ash as the fixative. Nylon will not take fiber reactive dye at a high pH, which is what soda ash produces.
Qu 2: Can you dye Thread?
Yes, you can dye the threads. Depending on the materials of the threads, you can choose your dye. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturing company before you try to dye your threads.
Qu 3: How do you dye thread at home?
Once the water runs clear, put a little squirt of dish soap in the sink, fill it with water and soak your yarn to remove the rest of the dye. Then rinse well with water. Finally, just hang your yarn to dry.
1. Soak the yarn in Soda Ash.
2. Mix the Dyes.
3. Apply the dye to the yarn.
4. Let the yarn sit.
5. Rinse the yarn.
Dyeing your clothes can be fun but if you are only aiming for the stitches, the process will be lengthy and time consuming. Moreover, if you are trying to dye the polyester or nylon stitches, dyeing the stitches can cost you enough.
So before dyeing your clothes, check for RTD remarks, which indicate “Ready To Dye”. If there are no remarks, research thoroughly enough and it is better to consult a professional before you ruin your desired clothing.