Never lose another button! Whether the button is on a garment you purchased or sewed yourself, it will stay on when you sew it with Coats Secura. It’s the end of lost buttons on shirts, trousers, children’s clothing, coats and jackets and more. Coats Secura is an innovative, heat activated polyester button thread that is.. read more →

Tim Holtz has created a timeless palette of thread, zippers and antique finished hardware extending the creative possibilities when combined with his Eclectic Elements fabric collections for Coats. Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats consists of Cotton thread, Craft thread ™, Zippers and Hardware. Eclectic Elements Craft Thread ™ is a unique heavy 6 wt cotton.. read more →

Are you totally confused when you stand in front of the zipper display? Don’t be! the first thing you need to know is that there are different types of zippers and most can be divided into closed bottom like those used in dresses and skirts and separating for jackets and coats. From there they are.. read more →

Add a “wow” factor to your LBD with a Neon Leopard print Zipper. We have an entire collection of prints in our Coats Fashion Zippers!         We have the animal print collection in 7″ closed bottom style: Zebra, Tiger, Giraffe, and Snow Leopard.  Leopard prints and neons are huge fashion trends so we combined.. read more →

Slippers not only make a great DIY project, but they’re also awesome just to have around when you need them. When store-bought options are lacking in the inspiration department, why not whip up your own versions in little time! Everyday Loafers Pattern available for $6.50 from Shoeology The Ellie Tie-On via instructables Wool Slippers Pattern.. read more →

                    I don’t know about you, but my littles are totally super heroes! I’m back at it again with this wonderful Phoomph stuff, I just can’t get enough! I can finish simple projects without having to pull the sewing machine out. Don’t get me wrong, I.. read more →

Phoomph strikes again! We always throw a massive party in Spring to celebrate the warm awesome weather. I started thinking of fun ways to add lovely handmade elements. I picked up an assortment of gift boxes in a few fun shapes and sizes. I thought I would pack cookies in the smaller boxes and sandwiches.. read more →

Much like the name of our blog, Sewing Secrets, we do have a secret that we have been keeping for quite some time. We are more than excited to share with you a new adventure for Coats, one that promises to take you on a journey with your sewing, quilting and crafting. So, if you.. read more →

Coats and Clark has hit a home run with Phoomph. The fabric bonding sheets have won my heart! We are going to share with you project after project in the next coming weeks that will have you running to the store for the new crafting superstar! Phoomph is awesome for everything from fun accesory fashion.. read more →

Nothing beats a quick game of tic-tac-toe! But why would you settle for a quickly sketched game board or (worse!) a plastic store bought board when you could enjoy your own handmade craftiness? In my ongoing journey to find more and more uses for my crafting love, Phoomph, I’ve whipped up this excellent little tutorial… read more →

Coats and Clark has hit a home run with Phoomph. These little fabric bonding sheets have won my heart! We are going to share project after project with you in the coming weeks. If you’re like me, you’ll be running to the store for this new crafting phenomenon! Phoomph is awesome for everything from fun.. read more →

Stitch these cute heart designs on our iPhone4 Silicone Stitchery iPhone Cover for someone special. Every time they look at their phone, they will think of you!! What could be better than that?  Use the color blocked chart as a guide for selecting your floss colors. The designs can be stitched all over or just.. read more →

We have a new product for fabric crafting that is so fun and easy to use– you will love it! It’s called Phoomph for Fabric. The first question everyone asks is “How do you pronounce it?”  Okay– Say “oomph” now put an ‘F’ sound in front of it. That’s it! Phoomph makes adding fabric to.. read more →

Coats and Clark introduces Silicone Stitchery! The latest trend in DIY crafts is counted cross stitch iPhone covers.  Teens and young adults are picking up a needle and floss to customize their iPhone covers.  These silicone based covers are perforated that allows creative stitchery patterns to be added to the back of the cover. Do a quick.. read more →

11 Aug 2010
August 11, 2010

Confused by Thread sizes?

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Thread sizes can be almost as confusing as dress sizes! Part of the confusion comes because there are different sizing systems used. For most of our threads, rather than put a numerical weight or size on the label, we use a descriptive term such as Machine Quilting, Upholstery, Fine, All-purpose or Heavy. We would like.. read more →

11 Jun 2010
June 11, 2010

A Remake of a Classic!

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We knew all along that quilter’s were using our Dual Duty Plus–the cotton-wrapped polyester thread–for quilting and, in particular, piecing. We also knew quilters prefer 100% cotton. When we introduced new Dual Duty XP, a 100% polyester thread, we didn’t forget the quilters. We increased the color range and amount of 100% cotton threads in.. read more →

21 May 2010
May 21, 2010

Zippers everywhere!

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If you have been in the stores lately or looked in any fashion magazine, you have seen zippers being used in everyway, shape and form! Zippers are certainly not just for zipping anymore! Zipper rosettes can be used to embellish just about any accessory– a head band, shoes, purse or add a pinback and use.. read more →

This time of year we often get questions about what type of thread to use for sewing or repairing outdoor items like deck chairs and cushions for benches and chairs. The constant exposure to the sun, chlorine and the elements are very demanding on fabrics and threads. Coats Outdoor thread is a bonded polyester, designed.. read more →

01 Apr 2010
April 1, 2010

How Do We Make Thread?

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Coat & Clark has been making thread for almost 200 years! Much has changed and much has stayed the same since that first cotton thread was spun in Paisley, Scotland! The editors of American Patchwork and Quilting came to us and asked us to show them the process of threadmaking and they were amazed at.. read more →

14 Aug 2009
August 14, 2009

The Invisible Zipper Foot

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I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time! When you purchase Coats Invisible Zipper Foot, it has.. read more →

06 Jul 2009
July 6, 2009

How Thread is Made!

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Questions like this plague mankind. Not really, but if you sew or quilt, you might have considered a time or two just how does that small spool of thread, so humble, make it to the store shelf? When I started working at Coats & Clark over a year ago, I was sent on a whirlwind.. read more →

Anytime you make a change there are questions, and one that we’ve been getting recently through the website, phone, and letters–plus we’ve even seen it pop up on a few blogs– is “Why did Coats & Clark change it’s color numbers?” Followed by, “Is there a conversion chart?” Yes, there is a color conversion guide.. read more →