Clothing manufacture is the last link in a long and complicated process by which two-dimensional fabric is transforms into three-dimensional garments by sewing the fabric pieces together. However, whatever the quality of the fabric, if the sewing operation is not performed appropriately, the resultant garment will be second-rate. Hence the sewing operation is most important in clothing manufacture and the sewing threads play a very important role in this operation. Generally, sewing threads are manufactured from either natural or manmade fibres in either staple or filament form. Sewing threads are primarily used in garments, upholstery, air-supported fabric structures and geotextiles to join different components by forming a seam. Different kinds of sewing threads are manufactured depending upon their specific field of application. A number of factors should be considered when choosing the sewing thread: to achieve good sewing performance, sewing thread must be chosen according to the fabric characteristics and end-use of the material. In this paper a glimpse on processing & properties of sewing threads is given.

Key Words: Sewing, Garments, Seam strength, Seam slippage, lock-stitch, metamerism.

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The authors are associate with Department of Textile Technology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India and with Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India; respectively.