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Using Coats & Clark outdoor thread for your patio decor

by Jean Boyd

One of the newest trends in home décor is the decoration of outdoor space. Now you can personalize your outdoor living space with furniture and accessories that reflect your own style. Coats & Clark Outdoor thread is the ideal thread for sewing and repairing outdoor pillows, umbrellas and awnings. Created to resist almost every form of weather related abuse, including UV rays and moisture, this thread is a 100% continuous multi-filament polyester thread that comes in many different colors. You can have a look at all the colors on the Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog site.

The thread is quite heavy – the heaviest that can be used on a home sewing machine.

Here are some tips from the Coats and Clark Blog for using this thread:

1. Use a size 18 or 20 needle

2. Use a longer stitch length, 6-8 stitches per inch, or 4 mm. A thick thread needs more space to form a stitch

3. Increase top tension

4. Sew slowly. The thread is thick and less flexible than all-purpose thread. Stitch quality will be better if you slow down!

These care instructions for the thread come from the Coats and Clark website:

Wash in warm water
Bleach not recommended
Tumble dry, low
Iron, low heat
Professional dry-cleaning recommended

It’s always a good idea to sew a few swatch samples to adjust the tension and stitch length for your machine. You should also try pressing these swatch samples to find out the best setting for your iron and fabrics.

There are many weather-resistant fabrics available now. The care of these fabrics is usually indicated on the bolt, so be sure to make note of it when buying your fabrics. It will probably be very similar to the care suggested for the Outdoor thread.

I received this thread collection from Coats and Clark a few weeks ago.

Coats & Clark outdoor thread

Coats & Clark outdoor thread

Coats & Clark outdoor thread

Coats & Clark outdoor thread

Then I went looking for outdoor fabric to make some cushions. Here’s what I found.

Outdoor fabric

Outdoor fabric

Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you instructions for making a cushion for your patio using this outdoor fabric and thread from Coats & Clark.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Extend the life of your patio decor with Coats & Clark outdoor thread

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Linda Cartwright August 17, 2016 - 11:37 am

Thanks for this tutorial. I had no idea there was thread for outdoor use. I will have to go find some soon.

Jean Boyd August 17, 2016 - 1:22 pm

Outdoor thread is a fairly new product, but it is readily available now. Glad you enjoyed the Quiltsocial blog post.


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