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3 key weights of Coats’ Dual Duty XP thread and their benefits


If you’re like me, I enjoy a visit through history to know how products were created, how they evolved and used over the years and the story of Coats & Clark families twisted in history to make quality cotton threads is a fascinating one. Let’s take a closer look at the Dual Duty XP threads offered today for your sewing creativity.


2 pin cushions, pins in a basket with spools of Coats & Clark thread
Each thread has specific properties and purposes, it’s important to know what they are when considering thread.


Due to Coats’ continued inventiveness, innovation and dedication to quality, Dual Duty XP thread is core-spun using modern technology for consistent tension and fabulous stitches. This means that smooth, long, multi-filament fibers are tightly spun as a “core”, then wrapped and twisted again with spun polyester to create a single strand. Two or more of these core-spun strands are then twisted together to make the high-strength, beautifully fray-resistant Coats thread you count on.

The General Purpose weight is exactly what you need while you’re zigzagging and sewing through several layers. But, you’re not always sewing Spa Slippers, so let’s take a look at all 3 weights of Coats Dual Duty XP.

Coats Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread . . . the thread you’ll use most for machine and hand sewing.

  • Available in 114, 229 or 457 meter spools.
  • Easily find just the right color for your project – General Purpose 114m has the widest color range available, including Fashion Brights, Color Tints and Multi-Colors.
  • Perfect for all fibers and fabrics – quilting cottons, knits and wovens.
  • Use a size 70 to 80 needle.


a spool of Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread spool
Coats Dual Duty XP All Purpose Thread


Coats Dual Duty XP Fine Thread . . . the thread you’ll use for sewing sheer magic.

  • Solves your longing for pucker-free seams in light-weight fabrics.
  • Strong, yet the perfect weight for lingerie, bridal, silks, organza and sheers.
  • Excellent for Machine Embroidery.
  • Use a size 60 to 70 needle.


a spool of Coats Dual Duty XP Fine Thread
Coats Dual Duty XP Fine Thread


Coats Dual Duty XP Heavy Thread . . . the thread that makes bold, heavy stitching fabulous.

  • Heavier and stronger than General Purpose or Fine.
  • Great for creating bold accent Buttonholes, Cording and Topstitching.
  • The right choice for interior and exterior upholstery fabrics.
  • Use a size 100 to 110 needle.


a spool of Coats Dual Duty XP Heavy Thread
Coats Dual Duty XP Heavy Thread



This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  The origins of Coats & Clark thread

Go to part 4: 4 hints it’s time to throw your sewing threads out


Annette Millard is passionate about sewing and has worked in the sewing industry for many, many years and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. She currently enjoys supporting the Coats & Clark community writing blog posts about products and projects for the Coats Sewing Secrets Blog.


  1. Kimberly Gutherz

    Good information on threads. Thanks.

  2. James Fusco

    My hats off to those who have the skills to create beautiful quilts. I only use quilts not comforters, I need a mew one now, just can’t afford on a fixed income.

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