Share Your Sewing Story with Coats & Clark

Note from Vivika: I’ll bet almost everyone reading this remembers opening the sewing box of your mother or grandmother and spying spools of Coats & Clark thread along with a tomato pincushion, measuring tape, and other notions. Would you believe Coats & Clark is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary this year? Read on to find out how you can learn more about the history of Coats & Clark, add your own stories, and win prizes.

The Coats & Clark Story
Coats & Clark is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 200th anniversary by visiting our
virtual history museum.

Read how our story began in Paisley, Scotland, when the shawl making industry could no longer get silk because Napoleon blockaded the trade routes to Great Britain. It was here that Patrick Clark with his brother James opened the first factory for making cotton sewing thread in 1812.

clarks spool cottonA few years later another cotton thread mill was opened by James Coats and his sons, James & Peter, who made thread under the name J & P Coats.

Do you have a collection of wooden spools? Look at the labels and see how many have the O.N.T. label. George Clark coined this famous trademark to describe the 6-cord soft finished thread he created for use on the sewing machine.

Visit the museum to see what O.N.T. stands for!


coats cats cradle

During the late 1800s, thousands of beautiful wooden thread cabinets were distributed to dry goods stores throughout the country.

It was also during this time that trade cards featuring children, flowers, and other popular art subjects of the day were used as advertising.

These items have become popular with collectors today. See more cards in the gallery on

Coats & Clark has been a part of your sewing story—from your first garment, to your wedding dress to the quilt you made for your first grandchild.



Enter for your chance to win the following:

  • 50-spool assortment of Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread
  • 24-spool assortment of Coats Rayon Embroidery thread
  • 18-spool assortment of Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting thread
  • Collectible 200th Anniversary Tin
  • Collectible Spoon and Thimble from the archives of Coats and Clark

Share your sewing stories through the online museum. Ten lucky entries will win 200th anniversary commemorative gift baskets.

Other topics you may enjoy:


Hand Embroidery, Quilting Daily Blog