Coats & Clark manufactures thread for both industrial and craft purposes. Its products hold together everything from garments to surgical wounds to automotive components and shoes. The British-based multinational company has been a pioneer since the 1780s, when it began manufacturing linen thread. Thomas Edison used Coats & Clark thread to invent the light bulb in 1879.
For crafts and home sewing, Coats & Clark offers a variety of polyester and cotton threads in a several weights. Its products include the Dual Duty XP brands of general purpose thread, heavy thread, fine thread, hand sewing thread and metallic thread, in addition to outdoor living thread, weather- and UV-resistant upholstery nylon, cotton-covered thread, machine sewing thread and transparent thread, among others. It also manufactures cotton embroidery thread under its Anchor and Anchor Pearl brands.
General purpose medium weight thread made of corespun polyester is useful for most sewing, whether by hand or machine. Metallic thread, also made of polyester, is suitable for conventional or overlock sewing, quilting and decorative stitching. Heavy thread is used in upholstery, sewing on canvas and repairs. It is ideal for topstitching, cording and stitching hand-worked buttonholes. The lightweight version keeps lingerie and other delicate items pucker-free. Transparent thread of nylon and polyester is used for machine quilting, home decorating projects and crafts. Its bobbin thread of continuous filament polyester is ideal for all machine-embroidery applications. Made of nylon, beading thread resists abrasion and tangling and is used to sew bead to quilts and for home decor projects and clothing.