Thread Chains

Thread Chains | Grainline Studio

We were just talking about our love of thread chains in the studio in relation to a new pattern we’re about to release and we started wondering, do you guys use thread chains? They’re great for keeping two layers of fabric together when you still need to allow for movement such as a main fabric and a lining.


We produced this little video as part of the Cascade sew along but thought it would be fun to post it on it’s own since this technique has so many applications. Do you guys use thread chains?

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26 Responses to Thread Chains

  1. Francis says:

    Wow! This is really cool.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Thread chains have always been a bit too finicky for me. My trick (learned from cutting apart RTW garments) is to rip or cut a 1/2″ wide strip of lining fabric, cut into sections about 2″ long. I then sew these to the seam allowances (at shoulders, underarms, mid-hood, etc) so there’s about an inch between shell and lining just like a thread tack. It’s always seemed sturdier than thread tacks and I can sew them in with the machine instead of by hand.

    • Grace says:

      RTW jackets use this technique at the bottom of armholes so the lining can’t be pulled out of the sleeves during normal wear.

    • Grace says:

      derp.. I realized that’s just what you said… I just meant to confirm that we actually specify this in RTW tech-packs for jackets. I’ve always specified thread chains for skirts and pants though.

  3. I’ve seen these chains in a few videos but I haven’t use them (not yet)

  4. I use your video every time! I used them last to attach a free hanging lining to the bottom of a skirt… and I’ll be doing it again because I am not dainty and I managed to rip them both out. ;P

  5. Katie says:

    Very intetesting. Thanks for the video !

  6. B says:

    Thanks for the informative video. I’ll make these thread chains for my next jacket.
    BTW, I have an easier way to tie a knot in thread…the quilter’s tip.
    After you’ve threaded your needle and evened the ends, wrap the thread, 2-3 times, around your needle above the eye or middle of the needle. While holding the wrapped thread between your pinched finger tips , pull your needle through your fingers. The thread will travel through the wraps and this will cause a knot in the end of the thread.
    Give it a try!
    Enjoy your week!

  7. napagal.clare says:

    I use them. I think of them as part and parcel of a good lining. I also use them (with snaps) in tank-like tops where I want my bra straps to stay put.

  8. Edie says:

    Your video made it look simple enough even for my clumsy fingers! Never used a thread chain before, but I’m sure going to try it now,

  9. pearlredmoon says:

    I’ve never thought of using them to keep linings in place, so thanks for teaching me a new application. The only way I have been using them for 30 years is for making button loops. I was only doing this yesterday!

  10. lilee says:

    Thank you for a wonderful tip and tutorial. These thread chains are great and not bulky.

  11. merlatma says:

    Nice…! I love doing thread chains..very therapeutic..sometimes i make it too long coz i dont want to stop..:D

  12. Rose says:

    Thanks. Now,thread chains are going on my list of new sewing techniques for 2016. I look forward to your new pattern!

  13. Sew Happy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and patterns. With your help and local help, I might get something done I can wear out in public.

  14. Hi Jen long time follower here but commenting for the first time. I use this method a lot in my lined garments, as you say it is perfect for keeping the two layers together with no restriction in the movement!

  15. dr P says:

    I’ve never seen this method before, I do a blanket stich along a thread but this looks a lot quicker. I’ll try it next time

  16. Pam Hunter says:

    Excellent tutorial! Thank you!

  17. Kelly says:

    Sorry, I can’t get past the “new pattern we’re about to release” part. What was the question? 😉

  18. Viri Bdi says:

    I was wondering could it work with the Morris Blazer’s collar? Mine does not stays in place ….

  19. Kim says:

    I’ve been sewing and crocheting for over 50 years and I’ve never learned to make a thread that way. I LOVE to learn new a technique.

  20. laineym says:

    It was fun to watch this video! My Grandfather was a Tailor in NY and my Grandmother was a Milliner. They used this technique for lots of things. One in particular was as a bra strap holder on the shoulders. I use it all the time on my ready made garments.

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