how to choose the right thread you need

- Oct 17, 2018-

Thread Types:

All Purpose - polyester or cotton wrapped polyester

• Strong with a bit of give
• Suitable for most machine and hand sewing projects


Cotton - strong with no give and has a silky finish

• Suitable for basic machine or hand sewing projects
• Not suggested for sewing knits


Hand Quilting - 100% natural mercerized cotton

Strong with a silk-like luster for HAND quilting

Coated so it slides easily through layers of fabric


Machine Quilting - 100% cotton thread

Strong with a silk-like luster suitable for machine sewing

Especially good for long arm machine quilting


Silk - fine and often used for embroidery

Ideal for sewing silk, wool and basting all fabrics

Does not leave holes and is very flexible


Heavy Duty / Upholstery / Strong Outdoor - 100% polyester thread

Perfect for sewing upholstery, vinyl, leather, and heavyweight fabrics

Strong Outdoor thread is UV resistant for sewing items that are used outdoors


Jeans or Top Stitch - heavy-duty polyester or cotton covered polyester

Used for decorative seams and ornamental stitches

Change to a topstitching needle and larger needle size to accommodate the thicker thread.


Button & Carpet – strong and heavy hand sewing thread

Coated to prevent tangling


Machine Embroidery - either rayon or polyester, for decorative uses

Good sheen and very smooth

Should NOT be used for construction of garments


Invisible / Transparent - either nylon or polyester

Strong but nylon thread is not heat resistant (a hot iron could melt it)

Can become brittle from laundering and exposure over time

Comes in clear and smoke colorations

Typically used when you don’t want the thread to be noticeable

Can be a little difficult to work with

Metallic - used for decorative stitching or embroidery

Can be used for hand or machine sewing

Breaks easily.

Try using Sewer’s Aid when sewing with metallic thread


Elastic - thread with fine elastic within it.

Used for smocking or shirring