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Thread Information and Guides

Use our buying guides to learn more about the thread on our site and get the right thread. These buying guides have information about each thread's uses, limitations, properties, and technical specifications. We have buying guides for: nylon, polyester, bobbins, monofilament, bag closing thread, polypropylene, Kevlar, fire retardant thread, Nomex, Robison-Anton embroidery thread and conversion charts, stabilizer and backing, waxed thread, artificial sinew, Irish polyester-linen, bank line, and binder / bailer twine.

Information Topics

Needle Information

groz-beckert needles

There are over 2,300 different Groz-Beckert needles. Information about needle systems, sizes, points, and premium features.

Industrial Thread Information

nylon thread spools

Information about industrial threads used to sew strong, long lasting seams in fabric, leather, canvas and other materials.

Kevlar and Fire Retardant Thread Information

kevlar thread spools

Information about thread used for high temperature applications.

Embroidery, Quilting, and Sewing Information

robison-anton thread

Information about sewing and embroidery thread, color conversion charts, and stabilizers.

Crafts Thread Information

waxed thread

Information about waxed thread, artificial sinew, and assorted twines.

  • Waxed Thread Buying Guide - Information topics about waxed thread, uses, sizes, colors, and packaging.

  • Imitation Sinew Buying Guide - Imitation sinew is sometimes called artificial sinew, simulated sinew, or fake sinew. This Buying Guide explains sinew's uses and describes its characteristics.

  • Polyester-Linen Buying Guide - Polyester-Linen thread gives an authentic look to vintage items and their modern replicas. This guide explains the thread's uses and characteristics.

  • Bank Line Buying Guide - Bank line is a strong, inexpensive, black twine (or cord) used for netting, bushcraft, and beading. This buying guide explains bank line's uses and specifications.


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Thread and Needle Selections Nylon Thread Nylon Thread Nylon Thread Strong and easy to use. Great for sewing fabric, leather, canvas, and vinyl. 10 sizes. Some sizes have over 100 colors. Most home sewing machines can use up to size 69. Nylon Thread Polyester Thread Polyester Thread Polyester Thread Looks and feels like nylon thread, but with a greater UV resistance. This makes polyester great for outdoor use. Most home sewing machines can use up to size 69. Polyester Thread Robison-Anton thread Lower everyday price. Robison-Anton Our flagship embroidery thread brand. The full line of Robison-Anton polyester, rayon, J Metallic, Moonglow, variegated and Twister Tweed embroidery thread, and color cards. Robison-Anton Machine Needles 2,000 different needles Machine Needles We make it easier to buy the right needle with our Needle Buying Guide, Needle to Thread Size Guide, Machine to Needle Reference, and Groz-Beckert publications. Machine Needles Nylon Thread Kevlar (tm) Thread Kevlar (tm) Thread Strong and Heat Resistant. Kevlar thread is about 2.5 times stronger than nylon or polyester. It comes in a pale yellow color. It has almost no stretch, it doesn't melt, and ashes at 800F. Kevlar Thread Bobbins - Prewound Prewound Bobbins Nylon and Polyester bobbins in styles A, G, L, M, U, and other styles. Embroidery bobbins, Half price specials, and new budget-friendly 12-packs. Bobbins Hand Sewing Needles Hand Sewing Needles C.S. Osborne needles for hand sewing upholstery, leather, canvas, carpet, fabric, and darning.C.S. Osborne needles for hand sewing upholstery, leather, canvas, carpet, fabric, and darning. Hand Needles All Specials All Specials Over 1,200 thread and sewing needle specials all in one place. Many products are about 50% off their original price. All Specials Cotton Thread Mettler Cotton Thread The full line of Mettler in 28, 40, 50 and 60-Wt, Aurifil closeouts, Valdani closeouts and more. The lower the thread-weight number, the thicker the thread. Cotton Thread Thread - Stabilizers - Bobbins All Embroidery King spool closeouts as low as $3 per spool, metallic specials, stabilizers, bobbins, and much more. All Embroidery Sewing and Serger Thread Sewing Thread Regular stock includes Maxi-Lock and Maxi-Lock Stretch. Also featuring spun polyester closeouts, polyester-core closeouts, and more. Sewing Thread Monofilament Thread Monofilament Thread Clear nylon "invisible" monofilament thread. Transparent so stitches are as invisible as possible for inconspicuous stitch appearance. Monofilament Sewing and Serger Thread Sewing Thread Maxi-Lock, Maxi-Lock Stretch, spun polyester closeouts, polyester-core closeouts, and more. Sewing Thread Waxed Thread Waxed Thread Maine Thread in 6 sizes, close out coils, beeswax, tapered waxed cord, waxed linen blend and more. Waxed Thread Imitation Sinew Imitation Sinew Imitation sinew made from polypropylene or nylon. Waxed and flat. Easy to split to make thinner. Imitation Sinew Hand Stitching Thread Hand Stitching Thread Use of tubes of nylon, polyester, and Kevlar thread for hand sewing and with speedy stitcher awls. Hand Stitch Thread Sewing Accessories Sewing Accessories Thread cone holders, thread sock. elastic, scissors and shears, tape measures, and tool kits and cutters. Sewing Accessories Polyester-Linen Blend Polyester-Linen Polyester-Linen thread has brilliant colors and a silky, smooth texture. Ideal for fine leather and upholstery. Polyester-Linen Thread 1 mm Hemp Twine Hemp Twine Hemp is the strongest of all natural fibers. It is also also ultra-violet and salt water resistant. Hemp Twine Highest Operating Temp. PTFE Fiberglass PTFE coated fiberglass thread - operating temperatures to around 1022 F (550 C) after the PTFE coating burns off. PTFE Thread For sewing bags shut Bag Closing Thread FDA Compliant to 21-CFR-177.1630(f), 21-CFR-177.2800 and 21-CFR-178.3570. Bag Closing Thread For tight knots and cordage. Bank Line Bank line is a black polypropylene twine that is like tennis netting. It is strong and UV resistant. Bank Line Great for levitation tricks Magicians Thread When you separate the yarn filaments you get a strong thread that is invisible to your audience. Magicians Thread About our products Buying Guides Use our buying guides to learn more about the thread on our site and get the right thread and needles. Product Information