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Thread Performance – C&C Dual Duty XP

AlwaysInStitches | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Coats & Clark has discontinued their cotton-covered polyester Dual Duty thread. Their new Dual Duty XP is 100% polyester. They still manufacture all-cotton thread as well. Has anyone evaluated the performance of the new polyester C&C thread? I’ve been sewing from my inventory of cotton-poly thread (which has performed well for me over the years) and I’m a little nervous about switching over…



  1. beo | | #1

    I use it all the time in my alteration business.  Works great!

  2. sewelegant | | #2

    I can understand how you feel since I was a Dual Duty fan all my sewing life, but that is because it was the only "superior" thread available, as compared to the bargain bin variety.  I followed the advice of the experts to buy good thread.  Now there is Guttermann available at JoAnn's and I almost always go to that shelf any more, maybe because I have liked the stronger quality of the thread.  It is 100% polyester as opposed to the cotton wrapped poly core of the Dual Duty (in fact, I thought maybe that's why they named it dual duty?)

    Now, after having written what I did, I checked out the article Threads magazine had, just an issue or two ago, on thread.  It described a tour through the Coats and Clark plant and described the new XP thread, but I did not see any mention of the discontinuation of the old cotton wrapped thread.  I do not think I will miss it.

     I have always had a high regard for Coats and Clark and used their products with complete confidence.  Now that I am aware that the xp is poly and not cotton I will look at it with a fresh eye and not pay the higher price for Guttermann.

    Edited 10/30/2009 2:48 pm by sewelegant

  3. Josefly | | #3

    Quite a few months ago there was another discussion on this forum about C&C's replacement of the cotton-covered poly-core thread. If I remember correctly, that older version of the Dual Duty thread was causing problems in some of the newer sewing machines; I think the cotton fibers were forming lint that caused the problems. If you want to do an advanced search you can probably find the discussion.I was disappointed that they stopped making the older version. It always worked well for me on my ancient (1966) Singer. The new, all-polyester threads, however sometimes fray and knot up on me. I find them quite frustrating, for both machine- and hand-sewing.

    1. Palady | | #4

      There may be some members who have a preference for bees wax to smooth thread to reduce fraying &/or knotting.   The first URL is in the UK but the bees wax shown can be found depending on one's locale.


      Scroll to page 4 on this next for another shape.


      The styles I have are a plastic seperating circular holder with slits in the top thru which the thread is drawn.  Have had mine, both large & smaller sized, for more years than I can remember.

      It's been said bees wax left a "residue."   Point of discussion.  MO.

      Another product it Thread Heaven.  Scroll to near page end at this next URL.  Also in the UK but the product is readily avialble at JoAnn's, A C Moore, and like stores. 






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