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1961 – Choose your Thread and Needles Wisely

A useful fabric, thread, and needle chart from Coats & Clark

1961 Coats & Clark Ad - Fabric, Thread, and Needle Chart
1961 Coats & Clark Ad – Fabric, Thread, and Needle Chart

I am perhaps in the minority with this opinion, but I absolutely love this Coats & Clark ad from the September 1961 edition of McCalls magazine. The reason is two-fold. the color scheme is so sixties. And . . . I’m obsessed with knowing sewing. That is to say, I’ve been interested in making things all of my life, but it is just recently that I have begun the quest to learn as much as possible about sewing. Case in point. It’s important to use the right thread and needles for your project.

The Secret of sewing success: match your fabrics, needles, threads

Mid-century Coats 7 Clark Thread, Needle and Fabric Chart
Mid-century Coats 7 Clark Thread, Needle and Fabric Chart

This handy chart is a bit outdated. For example, machine needle sizing is different today and the fabrics listed are a bit limiting. However, it does a great job of making their point. Success requires the right combination of needles and thread.

Vintage 1961 Coats & Clark Ad  - Mid-century Fabrics in Orange tones and shades.
Vintage 1961 Coats & Clark Ad – Mid-century Fabrics in Orange tones and shades.

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