Sewing thread

What is a Sewing Thread?

Think of it as the unsung hero that holds everything together regarding fabrics. It is a long, thin strand of various materials used to sew pieces of cloth, repair tears, and make beautiful embroidery designs.

Who Uses Sewing Thread?

Anyone who sews—from someone who wants to patch up socks occasionally to one who makes their clothes for fun or professionally tailors fashionable garments—will never be without this invaluable tool in their workbench.

Why Is Sewing Thread Important?

Choosing the right sewing thread could mean the difference between a project’s longevity or failure after only a few years. In other words, it acts as the backbone for all your stitches, thus giving them strength during construction, which leads to durability when used regularly over time.

What are the different types of sewing threads?

Different sewing projects call for different threads. Below is a summary table to guide your selection:

Types of sewing thread


Best for



1001% Cotton

Quilting, sewing soft cotton fabric

Soft, heat-resistant


100% polyester

Stretchy fabrics, general sewing needs

Strong, flexible, durable


100% nylon

Synthetic fabrics

Strong, colorfast, melts at high temp


100% silk

Fine or delicate fabrics like silk and satin

Flexible, strong, luxurious finish

Wooly nylon

Nylon, with a stretchy texture

Serging, knit, and stretchy fabrics

Elastic, soft, fluffy texture


The core of polyester with metal foil

Decorative stitching, embroidery

Shiny, decorative, not very strong

How Do I Choose the Right Sewing Thread for My Project?

Think about:

Fabric Type

Match thread to fabric—cotton thread for cotton fabric, polyester for synthetics.

Project Purpose

Is the purpose aesthetic appeal or strength in seams? If strength matters most, go for heavy-duty threads that will not easily break when used in high-stress areas like seams holding bags together.

Thread Tensile Strength

Heavy-duty sewing requires a thread that won’t break easily.

Color Match

Select a color that blends well with your fabric for a seamless look.

What are the common sewing thread dilemmas, and how do we solve them?

Breaking Thread

Ensure correct needle size tension settings are chosen based on the type used, the sewing machine employed, and particular job requirements. Furthermore, ensure the needle is not blunt.

Wrong Color

Use available color wheel charts or swatches matching guidelines manufacturers provide when uncertain about thread shade selection.

Weak Seams

Check if the predetermined tensile strength of those particular seams was met during the construction process (the correct thread was selected). Otherwise, change such parts immediately with more robust ones, regardless of the current stage of sewing progress and any cost it may incur.

Is Sewing Thread Expensive?

Prices vary depending on the type, brand, and quantity. Cotton thread might be more wallet-friendly, while silk and special-purpose threads may be pricier.

How to Keep Your Threads Tidy and Ready to Use

First, store them away from direct sunlight to avoid fading influences, and organize them according to color types. Containers should be clear enough and see-through to prevent tangling, thus making them easier to access when needed.