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Mettler Thread - Choosing the Right Sewing Thread

Mettler Thread is a durable, machine washable thread line made particularly for sewing and quilting projects. Most Mettler Thread is made of long fiber polyester or Egyptian cotton, but they also carry a line of silk finished thread. The spools are twist balanced, meaning the thread won't twist together as the spool unravels, which can lessen knotting and tangles while sewing.

Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Mettler Thread | Discount Craft Supplies

Choosing the Right Mettler Thread for your Project

There are so many different types of mettler thread, any sewing project you have can be completed with the right type. Mettler thread also has many different materials to choose from so that you can match your thread to your fabric even more easily.

Cotton Vs. Polyester Thread

There are key differences between cotton thread and polyester thread. Cotton thread is a little bit stronger than polyester thread and a lot softer. This makes it ideal for visible seams in your projects. The lack of stretch in cotton thread also makes it ideal for quilting projects because they won't lose their shape. Polyester thread has a little bit of stretch to it, so anything you are sewing to wear should be made with polyester or nylon thread.

Cotton Threads

  • Mercerized Cotton Thread - 100% cotton thread that is still silky smooth. Mercerized cotton or Egyptian cotton goes through a specialized process that makes natural fibers more luminous and stronger. This thread is ideal for all sewing projects because it is strong and easy to work with.
  • 100% Cotton Silk-Finish - ideal for sewing cotton and especially piecing and quilting since it is high strength and non-shrink; has a natural shine and is extremely soft
  • Fine Machine Embroidery Thread - perfect for any embroidery project, on batiste, tulle, linen, cotton, toweling, and more.

Polyester Threads

Mettler Mercerized Cotton Thread

Mettler Thread Sizes and Weights

  • Thread size is determined by the length of a thread needed to weigh a specific number. This means that the higher the size number, the finer the thread.
  • Fiber count of a thread is the amount of individual strands make up the string of thread as a whole.
  • Typically, if a fiber count is not provided, it is 2 or 3 ply.


Mettler Thread Colors

Mettler Thread comes in hundreds of colors. Each color can be easily found with their numbering system. Every spool of Mettler Thread has a 3 digit number on the bottom. This is the color number, and most stores have a system to easily locate Mettler Threads based on its color number.

Mettler Thread Color 9821.

Projects Using Mettler Thread

Paint Chip Bunting Card

Farmer’s Market Tote Bag

Dog Necktie

Sewing with Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook Paper

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