Selected vendor: Gone Stitching - NJ
Location: New Jersey

Japan Thread #1

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Super-thin, non-tarnishing thread that looks like real gold, silver or copper. Used for couching thicker threads, paillettes, and real metal threads. Can also be used in cross stitch, needlepoint or embroidery for light details or backstitching. 

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Kreinik Japan Threads are synthetic, non-tarnishing gimps (wrapped threads) that give the appearance of stitching with real metals. Since real metal threads are rare and expensive, Japan Threads are an ideal substitute. They offer a smooth, high sheen. Japan #1 is the thinnest, and is most commonly used to couch thicker Japan #5 and Japan #7. Kreinik also makes Japan Gold and Japan Silver in Braid and Ribbon sizes, which can be couched with Japan #1. 

Couching is basically just tacking down a thread, usually from side to side. Lay the thicker thread on top of your fabric or design (plunge the ends to the back or fold under on top), then use the thin thread to tack it down in your desired pattern. With some threads, like Kreinik Japan braids and ribbons, you can place your couching stitches right through the braid or ribbon. Japan #5 and #7, however, are solid threads and must be couched from side to side.

Would this product be useful in your business (ie, manufacturing, teaching, retail)? If so, you could benefit from bulk quantities at wholesale pricing. To open a wholesale account, we require a copy of your business license on file. Send a copy along with your business name and contact info to: 

  • Kreinik Customer Service Department, 1708 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101 USA
  • or fax it to 304-428-4326

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