‘Sewing Threads’.

Hearing these words, a scene emerges in our mind of an elderly man or a woman sitting behind an old sewing machine and artistically using threads to weave patterns that amplify the cloth’s beauty. Sewing threads, well, are meant for sewing, but have we ever imagined what importance they hold from a businessman’s point of view?

Here is a complete insight into the world of sewing threads; that is, how it is meant to produce an aesthetic in stitches and seams.

If the thread quality is not up to the mark, there are many losses on investments such as material, garment engineering and most of all, the labor and infrastructure costs as well. Its performance is influenced by where it is used and different parameters of its utilization.

How is its Quality Affected?

Sewing threads are defined as the best from their fineness, luster and colors that give an incredible impact. Other factors that play a major role are:

  • Hue and Shade
  • Color Fastness
  • Stitch Selection
  • A Stitch Formation that is even.

What are the Factors that affect the performance of the sewing thread?

Factors like color fastness and luster are useful for knowing how the thread will influence a garment’s physical appearance, but there are other factors that are important from a businessmen’s point of view, where it affects a business because of its ability to withstand abrasion during wear and needle heat.

  • Seam Strength: This is the most important part where it should hold itself while fast stitching methods and shouldn’t skip stitches.
  • Abrasion Resistance: Throughout the life of the garment, it should hold onto its good quality and should not be affected by any abrasion.
  • Elasticity: It should be flexible enough to be used under different applications and usages.
  • Chemical Resistance: It should not be affected by any kind of chemical and lose its natural essence in physicality.
  • Flammability: The threads should be constructed or produced in a way that it is resistant to burning or instant ignition by being near heat or coming in contact with fire.
  • Color Fastness: Now this is a common requirement where the color of the threads should not wash off when it comes into contact with water.

These are the factors that affect the performance of the thread, and you can imagine why businessmen would want threads that are perfect with these qualities.

Moreover, the basic requirements of the thread include that it should not break and should be tensile enough for consistent stitching.

The sewing threads can be measured using direct or indirect numbering system measurements. Ticket numbering system is a commercial method for correct measurement of the sewing thread size. There are three methods that are used to arrive at the conclusion of the ticket numbering system:

  1. The metric system
  2. English system
  3. Denier systems

Application of Threads:

If you have gotten this far to reading this blog, you can very well understand that sewing threads are not of one type and they aren’t applied on only one type of garment either. Let’s see a table below that depicts the types of threads and the garments they are applied on.

Delicate Fabrics : Chiffon, Tulle, OrganzaThreads: Fine mercerized cotton and synthetic thread, silk thread.
frivolous Fabrics: Satin, Suiting, KnitsThreads: Mercerized Cotton Thread, Synthetic thread, silk thread.
Medium weight Fabrics: Gabardine, denim, coating.Threads: Mercerized Cotton Thread, Synthetic thread, silk thread.
Synthetic and stretch fabrics: Polyester Double Knit, jersey, velvet, nylon tricot.Threads: Nylon, Mercerized Cotton Threads
Leather: Suede, kidskin, capeskin.Threads: Mercerized Cotton, Silk and Synthetic thread.

What are the types of packages of sewing threads?

Products matter more when the packaging is focused on most!

Sewing threads has a range of packaging methods. Let’s have a look at these packaging methods from which some are available locally and some are found more on an industrial basis.

  • Spools: The threads are woven around in a parallel binding and contain a short length of 100-500 Meter Thread.

  • Cops: If you want to use a range of colors, these are the types of packaged threads to use. They are normally used in Lock Stitch Machines and the center tube is made of plastic or paper. They are available in the market in 300M, 150M and 900M.

  • Cones: They contain long length threads ranging from 400-25000M threads and the cones range by length from 10-15CM. It is a huge preference for high-speed sewing machines due to its easy unwinding experience.

  • Vicones: These are the combination of spool and cops. It ranges from 1000-5000M in length. Smooth filament threads are generally packaged using this method.

  • Containers: These are generally used to handle smooth threads mostly for monofilament sewing threads and traditional thread packages.
  • Cocoons: These threads do not have a centre at all! They are made in a way that they can be inserted in multi-needle quilting machines and different embroidery machines as per requirements.
  • Pre-wound bobbins: If you have a problem with traditional bobbins in lockstitch machines, this is the package for you! It is more consistent with availability and does not compulsively need to wind the bobbin thread, thus increasing productivity. There are various styles of shapes and diameter and lengths.


Threads may be the most commonly used product in the whole of India and around the world, But it takes a lot of knowledge, ideas and precision to make threads and also, choosing the right threads exactly as you need. Threads are intricate pieces of art in a way, and if you have the eye for it, you can find exactly what you want!


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