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Ladieswear - Sweaters

Seam strength, seam elongation and comfort are all necessary for knitted sweaters. Our comprehensive selection of threads for knitwear meets these requirements.

A polyester corespun thread is recommended, but sometimes on wool or cotton garments, there is a requirement for the sewing thread used in creating Cut & Sew knitwear to be done with a sewing thread that does not have as much lustre. When this is the case, a polyester/cotton sewing thread can be substituted in the corresponding tex sizes.

Approximate thread consumption is 50 metres. Depending on required final quality, alternative thread types may be used. Thread size will determine needle size.

For more information, check out our recommendations below.

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On overlock, chainstitch and coverseaming operations, the under thread may be substituted for Gramax, if a greater degree of seam covering is required.

The sewing thread recommendations laid out above are intended as a guide to aid the construction of garments with good quality seams. As garments of the same generic type differ in terms of fabric substrate and construction, and both making up methods and post make up processing can greatly vary, these recommendations should be viewed as a good starting point for thread selection.

Knitwear can be divided into two distinct sections:

  • Fully fashioned , which mainly uses the same yarns for making as the fabric is constructed from and therefore, relatively little sewing thread.
  • Cut and sew , to which the table refers

The main factors to consider when selecting the sewing thread are:

  • The demands of the stitching operation
  • The amount of load / demand placed on the seam
  • The type and weight of fabric being sewn
  • Any post make up processing such as, shrink resist finishing

Coverseaming on Cut & Sew Knitwear may involve the following stitch types:

  • 406 - Twin needle coverseam
  • 407 - Three needle coverseam

They are generally only used for attaching stolls to cardigans. The recommendations in the table below apply to both of these stitch types.

Garment specific recommendations for thread and needle selection as well as accurate thread consumption figures and onsite technical support can be obtained by contacting your local Coats' office.

These recommendations and consumption figures are intended as a guide only and are given in good faith but without warranty or liability on the company or its employees.