What Happens If You Give Boc The Sewing Needle

As the saying goes, “the right needle makes all the difference when it comes to sewing.” But what happens if you give a boc (“bobbin of coton”) the wrong needle? As it turns out, the results could be disastrous.

A boc is a type of fabric commonly used in clothing, upholstery and accessories. It has a unique weave which requires a special needle for sewing. If the wrong needle is used, the thread can become tangled and knotted, resulting in weak seams and ruined fabric. Additionally, any stray fibers not caught in the seams are likely to be permanently woven into the fabric.

Nonetheless, if the correct needle is available, a boc can be sewn with reliable and luxurious results. The correct needle is tapered at both ends, enabling it to smoothly sew through the unique material.

However, it may be difficult to find the right needle for boc. Generic needles are usually too thick or too fine and lack the necessary taper. Even many professional tailors do not recognize the importance of using the right needle when sewing boc.

Experts suggest that, when working with boc, it is always best to seek out a needle that best fits the fabric’s weave and thickness. Different types of needles are designed to sew specific types of fabric and can produce reliable, sturdy and aesthetically pleasing results. It is also worth ensuring that the needle is high quality, otherwise the seams may break apart and the fabric may fray.

In conclusion, if you give a boc the wrong needle, you could risk ruining the fabric. To ensure the best results and to get a stitch that holds, be sure to use the needle best suited to the fabric and ensure it is of good quality.

Common Mistakes

It is all too common for inexperienced sewers to make mistakes when working with boc. They may glue together pieces that would normally be sewn for example, or try to sew through the fabric with a curved needle, leading to the wrong kind of stitch. Others may not be aware of the importance of using the right needle and thread, or, more commonly, may be using the wrong type of needle.

Threads made of natural fibers such as cotton, silk, and wool tend to be more susceptible to fraying than those made with synthetic materials. This is especially true with boc, whose natural weave makes it prone to distortion when sewn with the wrong type of needle. Unless the right needle is used, the threads will become tangled and knotted, possibly resulting in an unattractive, weak seam that is unlikely to last.

Using an oversized needle or one too dull or blunt can also cause problems. An oversized needle can take longer to sew and a blunt needle can make it difficult to get through the fabric, meaning that by the time the needle is being used, the sharpness has worn off and it may snag the fabric or cause the seams to tear.

It is therefore essential to use the right needle for the specific fabric and sewing project to ensure the ideal stitch and beautiful end result.

Other Materials

In addition to the traditional boc fabric, there are other materials that can be used to create items such as clothing and accessories. These other materials include linen, velvet and denim, which also require special needles to be sewn with.

Linen has a light, airy weave and is known for being strong and durable. It is also somewhat resistant to wrinkling, which makes it ideal for draperies and upholstery. As linen is thicker than boc, slightly larger and sharper needles are needed to avoid stretching or poking through the fabric which can lead to poor stitches.

Velvet is a lightweight fabric made of natural or synthetic fibers. It has a soft, luxurious feel and comes in a wide range of colors. As it is a highly delicate fabric prone to distortion and fraying, it is essential to use a sharp needle to avoid damaging the fibers. It is also important to use shorter stitches when sewing velvet, as longer stitches can distort the pile of the fabric.

Lastly, denim is a strong, durable fabric made of cotton and also has a specialized needle. A thicker and longer needle is needed to penetrate through the tough fibers without tearing. Additionally, a larger needle eye is needed to allow the denim thread to slide through the eye without snagging. A denim needle has a sharp point and is tapered at the tip to make sure that the denim fabric doesn’t get pushed away by the needle as it is being sewn.

Thread Types

The type of thread used is also very important when sewing with boc, as well as other fabrics. If a standard sewing thread is used, it may not be strong enough to hold the seam as the fabric moves due to wear and tear. This can lead to the seam becoming loose and unraveling. Poor quality thread is also prone to knotting, which can ruin the appearance of the seam.

On the other hand, using a high quality all-purpose thread made of cotton or polyester can result in the seam being durable and long-lasting. The thread should be able to endure the fabric’s movements without fraying, shrinking or breaking. Additionally, the thread should be able to blend into the fabric, while matching its color and texture.

For heavier materials like denim, a strong thread is essential. A heavy-duty thread should be equal to or slightly stronger than the fabric to create a secure and long lasting seam. The thread should also be relatively thick and able to withstand UV rays and frequent washing. Additionally, it should have an even tension to ensure the seam is not too tight or too loose.

Stitch Types

The type of stitch used is also important when sewing. Different fabrics require different types of stitches to hold the fabric in place. Stitches can range from straight stitches to zigzag stitches, with each type providing a different level of strength, durability, flexibility and security.

For heavier fabrics, a zigzag stitch is often the best option. This stitch is perfect for securing a wide range of materials and fabrics, as it is stronger than a straight stitch and more flexible than many other stitch types. This stitch is also perfect for adding decorative elements to fabric as it doesn’t stretch or pull the fabric.

For boc, however, a straight stitch is generally recommended. This stitch is simple to make and produces a neat, tight seam that is perfect for clothing and accessories. Additionally, a straight stitch is generally easier to sew than other types of stitches, making it ideal for beginner sewers.

However, it is important to remember that not all stitches are created equal. Different types of fabrics require different types of stitches, so it is essential to use the right one for the job.


Ultimately, the importance of using the right needle and thread when sewing boc cannot be understated. Using the wrong needle and thread can lead to tangling and knotting, resulting in weakened seams, frayed fabrics and poor results. To get the best results and ensure a stitch that holds, always be sure to use the needle and thread best suited for the fabric.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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