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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have a store we can visit?

What is worsted wool?

What is mohair?

Is there a minimum I must order?

Can I order over the phone?

How much yardage will I need :

...to bind the brim of a 18th cen. tricorn?
...bind the bottom of a skirt or petticoat?
...make a strap for a haversack or canteen?
...bind a set of stays?
...to lace up a corset or a set of stays?
...to lace the buttonholes on an 18th or early 19th cen.
uniform coat?
...to trim a battle shirt?

Q: Do you have a store we can visit?
A: Yes! Please visit us at Needle and Thread at 2215 Fairfield Road, Gettsburg, Pennsylvania during our open hours posted on our About Us page.


Q: What is worsted wool?

A: When wool is sheared from sheep, the fibers are in different lengths. Being worsted means that only the long fibers of wool fleece are used in a fabric's manufacture, lending to it stability and a smooth, clean finish.

Q: What is mohair?
A: Mohair is made from the wool of an Angora goat. Our mohair fibers come from ranches in Texas, the center of mohair production in the United States. Mohair is stronger than sheep's wool, and tends not to shrink when it gets wet.

Q: Is there a minimum I must order?
One quarter yard would be the smallest increment to order, except for our higher priced laces and metalics (above $6.00 per yard). We ask you to keep credit card orders above a $10.00 subtotal.

Q: Can I order over the phone?
A: We are happy to answer your questions or take your order over the phone. Please call us during our open hours posted on our About Us page, at 717-334-4011.


Article: Yardage: Recomended Product:
tricorn binding 1.5 to 2 yards
haversack/canteen strap 2 to 2 1/3 yards
binding dress/petticoat hem 4.5 to 5.5 yards
lace for uniform buttonholes 10 to 15 yards
battle shirt 3 to 5 yards
lace up stays/corset 1.5 to 2.5 yards
bind a set of stays 4.5 to 5.5 yards