oh dear Tani,
first: Welcome to the board, we are delighted to have you here, and I hope you will go to the New Member section and post a bit about yourself.
We don't have many rules......but we are absolutely gaga over pictures, so we will love seeing anything you create!
Now about thread.....you will find as many answers as there are members.
I use cotton for my machine sewing, poly works too, but I am an old quilter so there is this fear that the poly will cut through the cotton fibers of the backing. It probably wont, I don't know why I WORRY. for my minimini bears I use silk, Upholstery thread is great for hand sewing, and I find it works just fine for eyes. On miniminis I use a nylon as it is thinner.
You will want to try several types to decide what you like. When I first started I bought upholstery thread from the same internet shop as my mohair, that way when I went to sew up the back it matched the color of the bear. No problem. Its a personal preferance.
I do everything but the miniminis for me 3 inches and under on the machine. And the gollies are almost exclusively on the machine.
Experiement with what makes you comfortable, you'll find your way.
Again welcome, glad to have you here>
Tami, One thing will you learn very fast here is that there are lots of different opinions and even more ways of achieveing any one thing. Be prepared and keep an open mind and you will find from experience what works best for you....and alwys feel free to ask any questions you want...we love questions...don't we??!!!
I use uphostery thread for everything. even machine stitching..when I actually use a machine. Most everything I sew is by hand. I enjoy torturing myself.
I use Coats and Clark Dual Duty in the machine, upholstery thread for sewing up openings and attaching ears, and synthetic sinew for installing eyes. Welcome to bearmaking - I'm sure it will become a passion, just like with the rest of us! Good luck!
I do the same as Sue Ann! When I close my seams with the Upholstery thread I run it thru "thread heaven" or beeswax and double it.
My machine (NEW) absolutely hates upholstery thread...so I use 100% polyester by Gutermann but if I can't get the right color then I use Coats & Clark. I hand sew and do everything else with the upholstery thread. I've tried adjusting the tension etc., and my machine must be allergic to it or something...it coughs, sputters and cries out NO MORE. I'm considering taking my OLD workhorse down and having it adjusted just for the upholstery thread.
Welcome...I checked out your Barbies...awesome...bears will be a piece of cake.