Originally Posted by Staarrkatt
I'm hoping someone here can help me. I've recently lost a pair of socks (that I hadn't worn that many times, either!) because the heel on one came apart in the wash (it was a MESS!) and the other heel was really, really thin. I could have darned both had I realized I needed to. :(
Anyhow, I know there is a product I can use in the heel area to reinforce it ... some kind of nylon thread. What I don't know is brand names to look for. Or where to look.
Any help, ladies? I want to use my pretty new yarn, but I'll be darned if I start my new socks until I have some of this nylon stuff in my possession!
"But I'll be darned" hehehehe
I used reinforcing thread for the first time on my Iguana socks, I used it in the heel (+ flap) and the toe, and ran out a about 5 rows before the end of the toe of the second sock, so I have to go back and get more. I got a 5 gram piece for about $3 from my LYS, I forget the name of the brand but I think it was German? I think Jawoll (sp?) brand sock yarns usually come with some matching reinforcing thread.
I read somewhere the other day though that reinforcing thread tends to make the socks wear out quicker, as in, the nylon thread creates more friction via walking around. Having just used it for the first time myself, I can't verify that but it makes sense logically. But rather than having the entire thread wear out, you end up with this little nylon mesh web (so I've read) upon which you can easily duplicate stitches. If you didn't have the nylon reinforcement, you'd just have a big mess of a hole, upon which I would think it'd be a bit more difficult to duplicate stitches. Oh, and the thing I read mentioned also that the nylon tended to make a very rough, almost stiff heel that was uncomfortable to walk on, but it also sounded like she was using PURE nylon thread, rather than a nylon-wool blend which is what I used.
With my current pair of socks I'm double stranding regular sock yarn to get a nice cushy but firm heel and toes. I'll have to see how that works out.