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Types of Sewing Threads

Sewing threads are essential components of the textile industry, and there are many different types of threads available, each with unique properties and characteristics.

Types of Sewing Threads

History:

During the last Ice Age, some 20,000 years ago, people used strips of leather or animal sinew and bone needles to sew together furs and skins. Tribal people used fibers from various vines and cacti for threads, and thorns for needles; eventually, seamstresses of the ancient world learned to twist together fine silks and wools to make thread.

Imagine a life without thread. Sewing threads are truly the "ties that bind" our garments together. Without them, we would still be draping skins, furs or material across our bodies to keep out the wind, weather and unwanted attention. Sewing threads are essential components of the textile industry, and there are many different types of threads available, each with unique properties and characteristics. Here are some of the most commonly used types of sewing threads:

Cotton thread:

Cotton threads are made from natural cotton fibers and are commonly used for sewing lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. They are known for their strength and durability.

Polyester thread:

Polyester threads are made from synthetic fibers and are often used for sewing heavyweight fabrics like denim, canvas, and upholstery fabrics. They are known for their strength and resistance to abrasion.

Nylon thread:

Nylon threads are made from synthetic fibers and are used for sewing lightweight fabrics like chiffon and nylon. They are known for their strength and elasticity.

Silk thread:

Silk threads are made from natural silk fibers and are used for sewing lightweight and delicate fabrics like silk and lace. They are known for their lustrous appearance and strength.

Metallic thread:

Metallic threads are made from synthetic fibers that are coated with a metallic finish. They are often used for decorative sewing on fabrics like velvet, satin, and silk.

Rayon thread:

Rayon threads are made from natural cellulose fibers and are used for sewing lightweight fabrics like rayon and cotton. They are known for their lustrous appearance and ability to blend in with fabrics.

Monofilament thread:

Monofilament threads are made from a single strand of clear plastic and are often used for invisible stitching on lightweight fabrics like chiffon and organza.

Each type of sewing thread has its unique properties, and the choice of thread will depend on the specific fabric being sewn and the desired result.

Muhammad Rehan Ashraf

I am a Textile Engineer, founder and editor of "Textile Trendz". Currently working in an export-oriented textile organization. I love to share my knowledge about textiles.