I am sometimes asked, "What is your favorite thread?" That is not easy to answer because today, thread is designed for specific applications and I have many favorites. For example, I use MasterPiece for piecing. I do my quilt binding with Bottom Line. I embroider with trilobal polyester threads (Magnifico, Nature Colors, Art Studio Colors, Twist) on top with Bottom Line in the bobbin. I love King Tut and So Fine #40 and Magnifico and many others for quilting. If I were to think of our best multipurpose thread, it would be So Fine #50. This thread is smooth, but not slick; fine, but not weak. So Fine is a patented thread type and there is no other thread like it. Here are my favorite uses of So Fine #50:
1. Quilting thread. Longarms love it. Home machines love it. It is virtually lint free.
2. Bobbin thread. Slightly heavier than Bottom Line, So Fine #50 is also a wonderful bobbin thread, which explains why we have 12 colors of prewound bobbins (L and M styles) on order.
3. Construction thread. Nothing beats So Fine for clothing construction and repair.
4. Craft sewing. Whether by hand or by machine, So Fine #50 is perfect for crafting.
5. Serger thread. Smooth and lint free.
The Tex system (most likely derived the word textile) was created as a new standard of consistent thread measurement and intended to replace all other methods of measurement of threads. It hasn’t quite achieved that goal because quilters love the weight standard and the number standard (for example, 40 wt. or #50) and embroiderers are used to the denier standard (120d/2). Because the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) has adopted the Tex system, it will probably continue to gain in popularity so it would be advantageous to understand it.
Tex is an accurate measurement and is considered a direct numbering system, meaning the higher the Tex number, the heavier the thread. On the other hand, the weight system, most popular in the U.S., is not a direct numbering system because the larger the number (30 wt., 40 wt., 50. wt., 60 wt.), the finer the thread. That can be confusing.
The Tex standard uses 1,000 meters of thread per gram as the starting point. This means if 1,000 meters of thread weighs one gram, it is Tex 1. If 1,000 meters of thread weighs 25 grams, it is Tex 25.
Although this appears to be a very accurate measurement, it is necessary to remember that 1,000 meters of cotton will not weigh the same as 1,000 meters of like-diameter polyester. Therefore, when comparing thread sizes based on the Tex or any other standard of measure, for exact accuracy, compare cotton to cotton, poly to poly, and silk to silk.
We use the Tex measurement on some of our newer threads and on all our industrial (apparel and upholstery) threads.
Fine Tex Threads . . . . . . Tex 9 to Tex 20
Medium Tex Threads . . . Tex 21 to Tex 45
Heavy Tex Threads . . . . . Tex 45 and higher
Please click here or on the link below for the list of most of our threads, grouped by use, showing the Tex measurement for each.
Tex Measurement Chart, Listed by Thread Type
1. Tailor Made 27 is a NEW thread created specifically for clothing construction and serger applications. The number 27 indicates it is Tex 27 which is close to a lighter 40 wt. thread.
Available in 100 colors on 6,000 yd. cones.
Engineered for clothing construction for both home and industrial sewing machines and also for use on sergers.
Introductory Price: $7.95 for 6,000 yds.
For large-volume order inquiries, please contact us at [email protected]
2. Jumbo Bottom Line cone images are now posted on the website. These are large 33,000 yd. cones of Bottom Line.
3. Magnifico 12-spool sets
Ten different sets, each containing 12 spools (500 yds. each) of #40 high-sheen, high strength Magnifico trilobal polyester.
Each set is a different set of coordinated colors.
Introductory Special: $59.95 (reg. $72.00)
4. New Color Compatibility Charts. We added six new charts and now have a total of 19 charts available. These charts provide close color matches between two different lines of thread and are also helpful when choosing a compatible bobbin thread.
Kimono Silk to Bottom Line
Bottom Line to Kimono Silk
Rainbows to King Tut
Lava to King Tut
Art Studio Colors to Magnifico
Highlights to Magnifico