Best Sewing Threads for Quilting, Sewing, and Embroidery

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 28, 2017
Not all the sewing threads are the same. They are all designed for different uses. Therefore, it is important that you use suitable threads with particular fabrics. In our review, you will find a variety of spools of threads created for different sewing jobs, and hopefully, will find the right one (or two) for your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Best For
Length and Tex
Material
Set
 
PROS

Mercerized threads are just as good as those made of cotton and even better. People from all over the world choose them for their strength and high resistance to heat and lint. 

CONS

The set lacks mid-ranged colors.

OUR VERDICT

If you're into sewing and tailoring clothes, this set comprising all the colors of the rainbow will be your best choice. You can purchase a different set with other colors. 

detailed parameters
Best For

Sewing machine (fits standard spindles), quilting machine, embroidery machine, hand sewing

Length and Tex

1200 yards
No 50 (50/3)

Material

100% long staple cotton satin finish, Double Mercerized thread

Set

10 spools of thread in different colors,
13 sets of threads are available to choose from

PROS

Polyester threads are probably the best in maintenance. You can easily wash and steam press them at the highest temperatures without worrying that they might tear or wear. 

CONS

110 yards of thread on a spool might be not enough to complete some large sewing project.

OUR VERDICT

Both professional and occasional sewers should have in their arsenal the set of threads like the Gutermann one. These threads will fit a vast range of tasks starting from small cloth repair to sewing new garments from scratch.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sewing machine, overlock machine, quilting machine, embroidery machine, hand sewing

Length and Tex

110 yards
No 100 (65/2)

Material

100% polyester

Set

26 spools of thread in different colors,
Storage box

PROS

This pretty durable thread is ideal for sewing, crocheting, and knitting. The set includes 24 spools of threads and comes at a very affordable price.

CONS

You might not want to use it with your sewing machine as it tends to create lint.

OUR VERDICT

The KINGSO set of threads that offers such a variety of colors will suit for a whole load of sewing projects. Each spool from the set is fit with enough thread.

detailed parameters
Best For

Sewing machine, overlock machine, quilting machine, hand embroidery, hand sewing, hand knitting, weaving

Length and Tex

1000 yards
No 60 (40/2)

Material

100% Polyester

Set

24 spools of threads in different colors

PROS

Made of quality viscose silk, this set of the Rayon threads may boast of amazing durability, smoothness, and perfect strength. These threads can also be used with a sewing machine as they don't leave any lint nor do they knot.

CONS

Getting a certain spool out of the box might be somewhat awkward.

OUR VERDICT

Designed for both hand and machine embroidering techniques, these threads will enable you to produce beautiful decorative patterns on any clothes. Available in a variety of colors to match many different fabrics.

detailed parameters
Best For

Embroidery machine, hand embroidery

Length and Tex

220 yards
No 40 

Material

100% viscose rayon

Set

18 spools of threads in different colors,
Plastic box

PROS

With this med/strong duty thread, your all garments will be sewn properly, with no bulky seams or other unsightly defects.

CONS

May not work with a stretchy fabric.

OUR VERDICT

6000 yards of thread on a cone make the LA thread ideal for use on 2-3-and 4-thread sergers that use lots and lots of thread to overstitch edges. Available in 30 different colors.

detailed parameters
Best For

Serger, overlock or any other sewing machine with single needle

Length and Tex

6000 yards

Material

100% Polyester

Set

1 spool (black),
Available in 30 colors

What is a Sewing Thread?

If you've got a sewing machine, you're likely to have a desire to sew something. However, without a good sewing thread, your attempts might be wasted. If you don't want your garment to tear apart once you decide to put it on, you should choose a sewing thread with due care. Sewing threads can be made from many different materials, to go well with this or that type of fabric. The same is true when it comes to sewing techniques. You would not use the same thread for quilting as you would use for embroidering. Therefore, when choosing among a variety of threads available, first of all, you should learn the yarn qualities, such as the thread thickness/ fineness, elasticity, strength, density, and material, and only then, select the best matching color.

Most quilting, modeling, and applique cutting require desk work, which is why, in order not to scratch its surface, it's recommended to use a cutting mat. If you decide that sewing is much more than a simple hobby for you, you may want to consider buying a special craft table, working on which you will be able to perfect your garments to the finest details, making accurate cuts and neat seams.

Connecting Threads Cotton Thread Sets

All the Benefits of Cotton with no Weak-points

The set of 10 spools from Connecting Threads company fits all standard sewing machine spindles. As for the threads, the 50/3 yarn is double mercerized and therefore, is suitable for a wide range of fabrics such as lightweight to medium cotton, linen, rayon, and other natural fiber. So, what does the "double mercerized cotton" mean? Mercerization is a treatment for cotton threads that strengthens the yarn, lets the dye take more easily, and gives a thread a lustrous appearance. Mercerized cotton is highly valued for its strength and resistance to heat that is applied to the seams. Mercerization also increases fabric smoothness and reduces lint. So, upon purchasing this double mercerized sewing threads set, you will also prolong the overall service life of your sewing machine preventing lint formation. 

These sewing threads are classified as general-purpose yarn, however, they can also be used for stitching on delicate fabrics and lingerie. Thus, the Connecting Threads are a must in the arsenal of any sewer.  

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Connecting Threads Cotton Thread Sets
Connecting Threads Cotton Thread Sets
 

Gutermann Sewing Thread Box

High Standard German Quality

The threads from Gutermann company combine excellent performance and properties. They are suitable for both machine and hand sewing projects and can be used for garment refitting and sewing new clothes. The Gutterman thread box includes 26 spools of 50w thread of different colors. Made of polyester, these threads are very durable and resistant to many negative factors such as mildew, UV lights, and more. You will only need to make sure that you follow manufacturer's recommendations and take proper care of the threats, and they will last you a lifetime. In spite of the fact that they look much thinner than many of the general-purpose threads, they have enough strength to hold several layers of fabric really well.

We like that this set is delivered in a handy see-through container, which makes it easier to find the needed color from the set.  

If you are fond of creating quilted, multi-layered garments, you know firsthand how difficult it may be to stitch several layers of fabric. However, with a quilting machine, you will not need to put a lot of effort in the process and will be able to produce as many quilted garments as you want. 

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Gutermann Sewing Thread Box
Gutermann Sewing Thread Box
 

KINGSO Sewing Threads

A Variety of Colors to Choose from

24 000 yards of threads in one set! Isn't it enough for regular sewing? The KINGSO includes 24 spools and 24 different thread colors to match various fabrics. Here you will find black, white, and many variations of yellow, blue, green, purple, orange, beige, and lavender colors. The set, with such a wide range of colors, is surely a must in any sewing collection. Speaking of the thread quality, it is strong and durable polyester, that, despite its thin structure, gives the thread ample strength, and makes it suitable for many general sewing purposes, including decorative stitching, quilting, cross-stitching, and even hand knitting. As a pleasant bonus, this colorful set of threads comes in a nice little box where you can neatly organize and store all 24 spools. 

Could you imagine a couple decades ago that knitting would be an easy and simple job? With the emergence of professional knitting machines, producing knitted clothes has become a breeze. If you fancy an idea of creating knitted clothes for you and your family, don't hesitate to read our review and make yourself a useful present.

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KINGSO Sewing Threads
KINGSO Sewing Threads
 

Madeira Thread Sampler

Embroidering at Large

Embroidery is an important and widespread handicraft of decorating fabric and other materials that, besides good skills and practice, requires quality equipment and quality threads. If you're in the market for embroidery threads, then the Madeira Thread Sampler will be the right set for you. These high-quality threads will give your projects an exquisite look, adding to them velvet smoothness and shine. You will achieve excellent results, making with them your own unique handmade embroidered patterns. The Madeira Thread Sampler set comprises 18 bright and popular sheer colors which can be successfully incorporated with matte hues and shades of threads and is delivered in a transparent box which you can use for storage of threads.

In our review on embroidery machines, you will find some great machines to make your work easier.

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Madeira Thread Sampler
Madeira Thread Sampler
 

LA Linen Serger Thread

Edge-basting is not as Complicated as it Seems

Choosing the right type of serger threads isn't that difficult if you take into account several factors. First of all, serger thread is finer than that used for sewing or piecing. It also should be consistent all the way through, to run smoothly a number of guides in the overlocker. Finally, it shouldn't leave any lint. Understanding these requirements, we've chosen the LA Linen serger thread for this review. The first benefit you get upon purchasing the LA Linen is 6000 yards of thread, which is enough for accomplishing a good number of projects. The next thing is its amazing durability and strength. Made of 100% polyester, the LA Linen serger thread is incredibly strong and wear-resistant. Also, the thread is available in 30 different colors, which tops up all the above-mentioned benefits and makes it a good fit for a great variety of sewing projects.

Don't have a serger yet? Or you'd like to upgrade your old one? Then it is high time to consider buying an overlocker and choose a suitable model from our selection of 5 best machines.

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LA Linen Serger Thread
LA Linen Serger Thread
 

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Publish Date: 2017-05-28 19:51:36