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Thread and Needles At WAWAK Sewing Supplies

Are you shopping for thread and needles? Yippee, you found us!

You've come to the right place! We carry a huge selection of needles and thread (and so many more sewing supplies) at everyday low prices. We're so glad you found us, and we hope you're just as pleased as our countless new customers who have echoed that sentiment—they only wish they'd found us sooner! 

When Frank Wawak established WAWAK in 1907, he had two goals. First, to provide the highest quality sewing products, which had only been available in Europe. Second, to offer a level of service that was unprecedented. He meticulously made sure every product met his high standards—a practice that is still in place today! From our exquisite needles to our huge selection of name-brand thread, you can count on WAWAK for the widest selection of the finest sewing products available.

Today, WAWAK products are the preferred choice of America’s best sewers. They can be found in the alteration departments of top retailers, designers, workrooms, and sewing enthusiasts everywhere. A lot has changed since 1907, but our commitment to providing you with the finest products and excellent customer service remains the same. If you are not 100% happy for any reason, please let us know so we can make it right. From our family to you, we appreciate you letting us serve you.

When shopping for needles and thread, one helpful piece of information to know is the size of the needle in relation to thread. Your needle size will depend in part on the weight (Tex) of the thread you want to sew with. Generally, a thinner needle is used with lighter threads and a thicker needle is used for heavier threads. You'll want to be sure the eye of your needle is 40% larger than the thickness of the thread. Needle sizes are deceptively easy to read: the larger the number, the thicker the needle! The same goes for thread weights—a larger Tex number denotes a heavier thread. To find the best possible needle and thread size combinations, check out our handy Tex Weight To Machine Needle Size Chart. You can find more documents like these under additional information in the product specification section on our product pages. 

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Thread & Needle Reference Charts

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Tex Size To Machine Needle Size Chart


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Fabric Type & Needle Tip Reference Guide


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Quick Thread Size Conversion Chart


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When choosing a sewing needle, the very first thing to determine is what type of sewing you'll be doing. We have sewing needles organized by the tools of the trade–hand, home sewing machine or industrial sewing machine. Select which type of needle you'll need, and then you'll be ready to start narrowing it down by style, brand, size, and even which sewing machine you're going to use. 


To find a specific brand of hand sewing needle, you'll want to shop by brand using the filters on the side of the page. We carry all of the top brands of hand sewing needles including: Bohin, Boye, Clover, Colonial, Dritz, Hemming, John James, Osbourne, S. Thomas & Sons and Sashiko.

Shop by style to narrow it down by needle use: appliqué needles, ballpoint needles, beading needles, betweens needles, blind stitch (curved) needles, chenille needles, crewel needles, darners needles, embroidery needles, leather needles, milliners needles, quilting needles, sharps needles, tapestry needles and upholstery needles. Choose the needle style that most closely matches the project or fabric you want to sew to find the needle that will be best suited for your project.

We also have a selection of assorted packs of hand sewing needles available.



Just like with our hand sewing needles, you can shop for your home sewing machine needles by brand, style or size. We also have created a handy filter that will help you shop by the manufacturer and model number of your home sewing machine so you can be sure what you're getting will work with what you have!

Our lineup of home sewing machine needle brands is no joke. We have all the heavy hitters including John James, Klasse, Organ, Schmetz and Singer. These are available for a wide range of uses.

Shop our styles of needles to find the perfect needle for your fabric or project. Choose from anti-glue needles, ballpoint needles, denim & jean needles, double eye needles, embroidery needles, heavy-duty needles, hemstitch needles, jersey needles, leather needles, metallic needles, microtex needles, quick threading needles, quilting needles, regular point needles, stretch needles, topstitch needles and universal needles. For general sewing, universal or regular point needles are the most versatile all-purpose option because of their slightly rounded sharp point. 



If you're a professional sewer with an industrial sewing machine, then you've come to the right place for industrial sewing machine needles. Making sure you get a needle that fits has never been easier. We've created a handy filter for needles by manufacturer and model so you never have to worry about needle systems again. Simply select the manufacturer of your industrial sewing machine form the drop-down menu, and then select the model number of your machine. Poof! You’re now seeing needles that will work with your machine.

If you are brand-loyal, we also suggest filtering by brand to see every style of needle we offer from top needle brands. Shop for industrial sewing machine needles by Groz-Beckert, Organ and Schmetz.

If you prefer to shop by use, simply filter using our style selections: ballpoint needles, blind stitch (curved) needles, diamond point needles, embroidery needles, flat shank needles, leather needles, narrow cross point needles, regular point needles and serv 7 needles. We have industrial needles in the sizes and quantities you need, at prices that will make you never want to shop anywhere else.


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We have such a large selection of sewing thread in so many colors, sizes, weights, materials and brands that we don't even know where to start! We get the feeling that you might feel this way too, so we've made it easy to find what you are looking for any way you want to shop—just hit "thread" in our navigation bar to begin. 


We know many of you are brand-loyal when it comes to your sewing thread. So if it's Gutermann Thread or Maxi-Lock Thread that you are looking for, you've come to the right place. Our goal is always to have the best-of-the-best thread in stock and ready to ship for you.

Our thread brands include A&E, Amann, Coats & Clark, Gutermann, Isacord, Madeira, Maxi-Lock, Mettler, Saba, Sashiko, Serafil, WAWAK, WAWAK Perform-X and others.



When you know the answer to the question, "What thread material is best for my project?" It may be helpful to browse the threads we offer by that material. We offer sewing thread in the following materials: cotton, cotton/polyester, kevlar, nomex, nylon, polyester, rayon, rubber (elastic), silk and waxed silamide

As a general rule, it's a good idea to choose a thread material that matches the fiber of the fabric you plan to use—cotton thread for cotton fabric, for example. But different thread materials also have different properties that lend themselves to specific uses. For example, synthetic threads like polyester and nylon have more strength, flexibility, and fray-resistance than natural-fiber threads like cotton, but cotton threads are more heat-resistant with a softer natural look and feel. Some thread materials, like silk and waxed silamide are especially soft and strong for delicate sewing. For very heavy-duty applications like protective gear and industrial use, Kevlar and Nomex threads have heat-resistant properties and superior strength. And for embroidery, materials like rayon hold color well and have an extra shiny finish. See all of our available thread materials by pressing the button below. 



If you have a project in mind but aren't sure what type of thread would work best for it, you can also shop by thread use. We've grouped our sewing thread into the most popular use categories so you can easily find the best thread to get your project done right. Shop for thread by use to find threads for any of the following  uses: all-purpose sewing, basting, blind stitching, bobbins, buttons & buttonholes, elastic & stretch sewing, embroidery, quilting & crochet, serging, specialty uses, topstitching and upholstery & heavy-duty projects.

When choosing a thread for a project, the main things to take into consideration are a thread's material, weight, and color. It's easiest to choose a thread if you have a specific project and fabric in mind. For general sewing, a good rule of thumb is that you'll want to choose a thread that's the same color as or one shade darker than the color of your fabric. You'll want a thread that's the same weight as your fabric, too. Choose a lightweight thread for a light fabric, and a heavy thread for heavy fabrics. Then, choose a thread material based on your desired fabric type and the type of sewing you'll be doing. Not sure where to start? Click "Shop Thread By Use" below and filter by your project type to find the recommended thread materials for your project. 



Last, but certainly not least, you can browse our large selection of threads by filtering by thread weight. We've grouped them into three categories: light-weight thread, medium-weight thread, and heavy-weight thread. From there you can futher refine via the filter on the left side of the page by use (product type), brand, material, tex, length, and color group.

If you aren't familiar with tex when it comes to thread weight, then now is the perfect time to learn! The higher the tex, the thicker the thread. Tex is the industry standard and determines the weight (in grams) of 1,000 meters of thread. If you have another number that denotes thread weight, then you can convert it using our handy Quick Thread Weight Conversion Chart. For example, 40 weight equals 40 Nm which is the equivalent of 225 denier also known as Tex 25 or Dtex 250. Phew! It sounds like a lot, but once you know–you know!

It's helpful to remember that heavier threads make your stitching more visible because the thread itself is thicker. This is why heavier threads are often used for topstitching and decorative stitching. Heavier threads are stronger, too; as a rule of thumb, it's good to keep in mind that heavier threads are used with heavy fabrics and light threads are used with lightweight fabrics. Always remember that when you change thread weights, you need to adjust the thread tension on your sewing machine. 


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