Whether you use a thread rack, a special storage case or a drawer, our color coded spools and color numbering system make it easy to organize your thread into color families. We’ve made it easy– if you simply line up the threads with the color numbers in order, the spools will automatically be grouped by color families.
The color number is located on the bottom spool label just above the right hand corner of the bar code.
The new system is sequential and logical. Here’s the breakdown for the color families:
0001 to 999 White / Black / Greys (Neutrals)
1000 to 1999 Pinks
2000 to 2999 Reds
3000 to 3999 Purples
4000 to 4999 Blues
5000 to 5999 Aqua / Jades
6000 to 6999 Greens
7000 to 7999 Yellows / Golds / Oranges
8000 to 8999 Browns (Including Natural, Cream and beige)
9000 to 9999 Special Effects (Multi-colors, Twists, Metallics, Fluorescents, Tints, etc.)
We used 4 digits so that there was plenty of room to add colors between the shades without disrupting the logic. The first digit signifies a color family, the second digit signifies light, medium, or dark and the last two digits reference the unique color. Within the color family, colors are further grouped by shade so a low number like 4010 is a very light Crystal Blue, 4470 is a mid-range Yale Blue, and 4900 is Navy which is a dark color.
We have also made it easy for you to group your threads by type by color coding the spools. Each thread type has its own spool color. Here are some examples:
- White Spool- All Purpose thread
If you have older spools of Coats & Clark thread or spools that are not on the new snap spools, the numbers will be from our previous system. Our conversion chart can be used to convert these numbers to new numbers. Color Conversion Chart
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.