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What thread can I use for sewing canvas and upholstery fabrics?

Posted: 8 July 2014 at 6 a.m.

Superior Bonded Nylon

We understand that not all projects are sewn on light-weight, cotton fabrics.  There are times where sewing must be done on canvas, marine vinyl, leather, or thick upholstery fabric.  Projects with these fabrics are often done with the help of an industrial machine.  We recommend using our Bonded threads when sewing on these fabrics. Bonded Nylon and Bonded Poly are the go-to threads for these applications as they are strong and have excellent abrasion resistance. The bonding agent which coats these threads is made from a special resin that reduces its susceptibility to wear from friction and abrasion while sewing at high-speeds.  Choosing which Bonded thread to use is quite simple:

Will my project be used mostly outdoors (exposed to UV rays)?

If not, Bonded Nylon is a great choice. This strong, color-fast thread is a great choice for any indoor-sewing application and is available in many different thicknesses and colors. 

If yes, Solar Guard (our Bonded Polyester) is a good choice for any outdoor furnishing because of its superior UV resistance compared to Nylon. Polyester as a fiber is much better at resisting deterioration from UV rays over Nylon.

For outdoor fabrics which will be exposed to harsh UV environments (desert conditions) or Marine conditions, the best thread to use is Tenara®. Tenara® is a special fiber (PTFE) which has fantastic UV and weather resistance. 

We use and recommend Groz-Beckert industrial needles for all of our industrial sewing applications.

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  • 6. Lacey (26 March 2017 at 12:11 p.m.)

    My mom is seeing canvas onto vinyl what would be best for that? It is for a pop up trailer.
  • 5. C Pennington (13 March 2017 at 5:34 p.m.)

    I need to repair a 30' by 15' canvas of my awning. What's the best way to repair flat felt seems torn apart in the middle of the awning? Do I use an awl For that? THANK You for your time.
  • 4. JAY (28 December 2016 at 8:56 a.m.)

    I like SOLAR THREAD It will out last the fabric.
  • 3. Lisa Murphy (17 September 2016 at 1:36 p.m.)

    I want to repair a torn seat in my friends truck. I will be sewing by hand, and I want to know if I can repair the seat in his truck by sewing it with fishing line.
  • 2. Robyn (21 August 2016 at 7:34 p.m.)

    I am making a tin can stool. I have covered it with upholstery fabric. I need to attach the bottom fabric and will need to hand sew it. How do I do that? What thread do I use? Thank you. You can email me at
  • 1. Melinda Nieuwenhuizen (04 March 2016 at 3:40 p.m.)

    I'm making a canopy for my free standing swing. I'm using Sunbrite material with Outdoor thread with UV resistant. The thread doesn't wind well on my bobbin. Can you suggest what I can use in the bobbin. My email is Can some help me?

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