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Topic: Nylon beading thread vs nylon sewing thread for beading?  (Read 763 times)
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MinnieMay9
« on: September 09, 2013 07:48:23 PM »

I know beading thread used for beading most of the time, but what is the difference between it and the bonded sewing thread? At Jo Anns they sell a upholstery thread that they say is "It is a bonded 3-ply nylon thread that is weather; abrasion; mildew and UV resistant" Would that work as well as beading thread?

Here is a link to the product I was talking about:
http://www.joann.com/coats-clark-extra-strong-upholstery-thread-150-yd/xprd1130538/
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013 10:28:49 PM »

I believe the stretch is a little different, and it doesn't come pre-waxed like many bead specific threads do. 

You could always give it a shot and see how you like it on a test project.  Smiley 
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013 07:22:07 AM »

Do you think they would be comparable strength and durability wise?
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013 09:06:55 PM »

I'm not super certain for durability.

Are you comparing it more to Nymo (the kind that doesn't have a twist), or Silamide (nylon strands twisted together). 

I think it would be worth a shot for a test project.  I don't know if it might be slightly thicker or thinner than beading thread, or if it would try to knot more frequently. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013 07:50:35 AM »

So, I've made a piece with the sewing thread. So far I really like it. It is a bit too thick for some of the seed bead work I might do, but otherwise I like it. How long should I stress test it before I make my final decision?
I've worn the small pendant everyday for a week now, and I've not noticed and change to it. I've even fidgited with it during that week and no change.
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