John Howard Company is a leading supplier of quality nylon thread for use in apparel, clothing, handbags, luggage, furniture, and much more!


John Howard Company offers colorful and strong twisted multi filament Nylon Thread for industrial and commercial sewing applications. Our quality nylon sewing thread is durable and ideal for sewing a wide range of products and apparel including outdoor clothing, gear and footwear.

Nylon provides for good abrasion resistance and excellent seam strength. This sewing thread’s twisted multi-filament construction exhibits superior sew-ability, durability and performance.

Nylon thread is available in Bonded, SST (Stretched), and STX (Non-Stretched).


ABRASION RESISTANCE ― Nylon features good overall abrasion resistance making it ideal for applications that require low-profile stitching.

SUPERIOR SEWABILITY ― Displays excellent overall seam strength and provides a superior, consistent sewing performance with fewer sewing interruptions.

VERY GOOD COLORFASTNESS ― This durable thread displays very good colorfastness with good color resistance, and is available in a wide range of color.

For color charts and more information please click on the links below.

Highlighted Uses for Our Nylon Thread include:

  • Automotive
  • Furniture
  • Footwear
  • Luggage
  • Handbags
  • Medical Devices
  • Safety and Flotation
  • Sporting Goods
  • Sporting Goods
  • Specialty Industrial
  • Web Slings
  • Tie Downs

More Information about our Nylon Thread

Learn More About Nylon Thread

The Nylon thread is manufactured  process

The Nylon thread is manufactured  process typically involves extruding molten nylon polymer through a spinneret to create filaments, which are then twisted and plied together to create the desired thickness and strength of the thread.

The History of Nylon Thread

If it weren’t for silk stockings nylon thread may never have been invented!
Back in the 1920s and 1930s silk stockings were popular with women but were considered a luxury item because they were expensive. Silk was one of the most desirable materials for stockings because of its smooth texture, delicate sheen, and ability to cling to the skin without sagging. However, because most silk came from China (thanks to silkworms) and was only possible via a costly, labor-intensive process which made silk stockings expensive to produce and purchase.

In fact, silk stockings were often seen as a status symbol and were associated with wealth and glamour. They were typically worn by Hollywood movie stars and fashionable socialites who were wealthy enough to purchase luxury items. The high cost of silk stockings also made them a target for thieves! So thanks to silk stockings…commercial industry spearheaded by the DuPont company began a search began the search for a synthetic material that could replace those expensive silk in stockings. The result of their research was nylon, a strong and durable synthetic polymer that was first used in women’s stockings in 1939.

The development of nylon stockings in the late 1930s provided a more affordable alternative to silk, and they quickly became popular with women of all classes. Nylon stockings were significantly less expensive than silk stockings, and they were also more durable and easier to care for. The introduction of nylon stockings revolutionized the hosiery industry and changed the way that women thought about stockings and other undergarments.

The development of nylon thread was a significant breakthrough in textile manufacturing, as it offered several advantages over traditional natural fibers such as cotton and silk. Nylon was much stronger and more durable than these fibers, and it was also resistant to wrinkles, abrasions, and chemicals. Additionally, nylon was easy to care for and could be machine washed without losing its shape or color.

As the use of nylon in stockings became popular, the production of nylon thread expanded to other areas of textile manufacturing, including the production of clothing, upholstery, and industrial textiles.

Today, nylon thread continues to be widely used in a variety of applications, including sewing, quilting, embroidery, and crafting. Its strength, durability, and versatility have made it a popular choice for both professional and amateur textile artists.

John Howard Company is proud to offer a wide range of colors and choices in Nylon thread.