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Choosing the Right Thread Material

Choosing the Right Thread Material

11 October 2023

What material of sewing thread should I use? 

Thread, you can't sew a seam without it but not all threads are the same. As you shop for thread you'll see that thread is available in various materials. A basic knowledge of textile fibres will facilitate an intelligent appraisal of fibre and types and help in identifying the right quality for the application.

Fiber Classification Material Feature Application

Natural Fiber-Come from plants or animals and are spun or twisted into yarns.

Cotton
  • Fair to good strength
  • Very little elasticity
  • Soft feel
  • Good absorbency
  • Weakened by extended sunlight exposure
  • textile products
  • woven and knitted apperal
  • lend with other fibers as rayon, polyester, spandex, etc.
Wool
  • Crimped in appearance
  • Elastic
  • Hygroscopic, readily absorbs moisture
  • Ignites at a higher temperature than cotton
  • Resistant to static electricity
  • Clothing – jackets, suits, trousers, sweaters, hats etc.
  • Blankets, carpets, felt and upholstery
  • Horse rugs, saddle cloths

Man-made Fibers- Are made from various chemicals that are then melt-spun or wet-spun into a continuous filament fibers. 

Rayon/Viscose
  • Soft, smooth and comfortable
  • Naturally high in lustre
  • Highly absorbent
  • Durability and shape retention is low, especially when wet
  • Low elastic recovery
 
  • Apparel - blouses, dresses, jackets, lingerie, linings, suits, neck ties etc.
  • Furnishing items - bedspreads, bed sheets, blankets, window treatments, upholstery etc.
  • Industrial uses e.g. medical surgery products, non-woven products, tyre cord etc.
  • Other uses - feminine hygiene products, diapers, towels etc.
Nylon  
  • Highly resilient
  • High elongation and elasticity
  • Very strong and durable
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Thermoplastic
  • Has the ability to be very lustrous, semi-lustrous or dull
  • Resistant to insects, fungi, mildew and rot
 
  • Apparel – pantyhose, stockings, leggings, etc.
  • Home furnishing
  • Industrial applications - parachutes, tyre cords, ropes, airbags, hoses, etc.
Polyester  
  • Thermoplastic
  • Good strength
  • Hydrophobic (non absorbent)
 
  • Apparel – woven and knits, shirts, pants, jackets, hats etc.
  • Home furnishing – bed sheets, blankets, upholstered furniture, cushioning material
  • Industrial uses – conveyor belts, safety belts, tyre reinforcement