New Eloflex Thread for Knits

Eloflex is a new, innovative thread from Coats & Clark that sews, soft, secure, stretchable seams in knit fabrics.

Special stitches or a serger are not required to achieve professional results.  Seams and hems will not pop when stretched because Eloflex expands with the fabric.

Kwik Sew K4182 Kwik Sew Images courtesy of the McCall Pattern Co. @copyright 2016

Eloflex is perfect for knit fabrics used in athleisure, cosplay costumes, swim suits, lingerie, and dance wear.  Use with knits, but also with fabrics like stretch denim or twill.

Use for sewing your own knit garments or for repairs or alterations. Have you ever tried to hem a knit skirt or T-shirt only to have it look stretched-out or wavy? Eloflex will make this a thing of the past.

Repairing a popped seam? Stitch it with Eloflex and ithe thread will stretch with the garment instead of breaking.

McCall’s ®M7214 Yaya Han Image courtesy of the McCall Pattern Co. @copyright 2016

Eloflex is 27 wt and can be used on the top and bobbin or in the needle and loopers of a serger. A size 11 ball-point or universal point needle is recommended. Eloflex is chlorine bleach resistant.

McCalls M7446 Images courtesy of the McCall Pattern Co. @copyright 2016

Eloflex is available in 21 colors, 225 yards on a parakeet colored snap spool.

Eloflex is now in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

I’ve sewn knits and swimwear for years and Eloflex is the most revolutionary thing I’ve ever seen. It stretches and snaps back to shape and can be used in your bobbin, too. Not at all like the elastic threads of old, this is fabulous stuff. Love, love, love this thread!!- Annette Millard,

69 thoughts on “New Eloflex Thread for Knits

  1. Martha Reply

    Love this idea. So a regular straight stitch will work? When winding bobbin do you need to do anything different?
    Can’t wait to try it. Thanks

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Eloflex can be used like a sewing thread on top and when winding the bobbin. Winding the bobbin a little slower, the same as with polyester threads, would be a good practice.

  2. dragons4Mama Reply

    Looks interesting. For only 21 colors, how about a color card on the web site, not just the drop-down list of the color names? I’d like to see the colors (even if it’s on my monitor, which I know isn’t 100% accurate) without having to drive to a JoAnn’s (and then find out that it’s not in stock yet)

  3. Carol Vick Reply

    Where can we buy this and what is the suggested retail price?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Hi Carol,
      The MSRP is $2.99. It is in our thread fixtures at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores in the specialty thread section. It will soon be in Hobby Lobby in individual boxes on a clip strip hanging in the notions area.

  4. Janis Bowman Reply

    I will be anxious to try this thread as I have been sewing for some 60 yrs. I agree Dragons4mama I would like to see a color card. Joann’s is far enough away from my home that it’s out of the way for most of my travel.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      A stretch stitch can be used with Eloflex. It actually improves the recovery of the fabric after it is stretched.

  5. Carol Hankwitz Reply

    The nearest JoAnn’s is 90 miles. Can I order it from Coats ? PLEASE ?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Yes you can!! We accept phone orders through our consumer service department. Call (800)648-1479. It is also available on line from

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Hi Diane, Eloflex is made from 100% Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

  6. Dianne LeBlanc Reply

    Thanks Lynn for the quick reply. A few more questions have come to mind; Is it safe to iron at a high heat setting? Some thread manufacturers are adding expiration dates to their labeling, what is the shelf life for this?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Eloflex is a made from continuous filament P. B. T- Polybutylene terephthalate and would not be affected by factors of age like a cotton thread. It can be pressed on a warm (wool) setting.

  7. P Harris Reply

    So far so good, but was not a sure what stitch length was appropriate on my sewing machine ? When using it on a serger where should I add it…needles, loopers? Like the sheen!

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      The stitch length will depend in part on the number of layers you are sewing through and the type of knit. As a general rule a slightly longer stitch 3mm-3.5mm works best. On the serger, it can be used in the needle and the loopers, but if you were only going to use it in one position, it would be in the needle. Be sure on your conventional machine to use a stretch needle.

  8. Angela Wagnon Reply

    I just went to the Joann’s website and searched for this thread and keep getting ‘no results’, so guess not all stores carry it. I am in Texas.

    • afields Reply

      Hi Angela, it may not be available online yet, but it should be in store.

  9. Viv Reply

    Just found this thread in a store in Woodstock Ontario Canada. The store employee said they had just got the thread in.
    Can we order it from Coats for less?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Hi Vivian,
      Products ordered from use are at the suggested retail price. Glad to hear you found it in Canada.

  10. Gloria Reply

    Where in Canada can this be purchased? And is it available in cones and variegated? Looks at fabricland. No one knew what I wanted

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      It just shipped to Fabricland and Fabricville in Canada. It comes on a 205 meter spool in 21 solid colors- no multi-colors.

  11. Georgia Anderson Reply

    I’m using eloflex on stretch denim. Top thread breaks when shifted into reverse. Tension on a normal setting but feels tight. Just loosen the tension with Eloflex?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Try lengthening your stitch first and also be sure you are sewing with a stretch needle. If you still have problems, then loosen the upper tension a bit.

  12. Amber Reply

    I just found Eloflex and am excited to use on a knit dress, because knit scares me. Do I need to wind the bobbin by hand or do I run it through the machine like a standard bobbin?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Amber, you can wind the bobbin as usual. It is a good practice with specialty threads to wind the bobbin slowly if you have the option of controlling the speed on your machine.

  13. Rachel Reply

    I’m having A LOT of trouble sewing with this thread. It’s not feeding through my machine and all of my seams are gathering. Any adjustments that you can recommend? I’ve never had this trouble before.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      We are sorry to hear that. First be sure that you are using a stretch needle, not just a universal point. Secondly, lengthen your stitch to 3mm. If it doesn’t improve with these two steps, reduce your upper tension.

  14. Mary Ann Reply

    Is there a target date to have the thread in all of the Joanns stores? My local store doesn’t have it yet

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      To our knowledge it is in all JoAnn stores now. Look in the thread displays in the Specialty thread section. It is on an aqua spool.

  15. Hollie Butler Reply

    I went over to my Jo Ann’s here in Seattle and asked for it, and they consulted with each other and said, “We don’t carry that.” I went to the Coats and Clark stand in the thread section, and there it was! Might want to make sure employees know it’s there.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Glad you went the extra mile to find it! We are working on making sure everyone is informed.

  16. Deb Reply

    I too called hobby lobby.they said did not have it.I decided to go look myself, and they did have it comes in a blue box.pice was 3.49

  17. Nancy Reply

    I would like to hand sew a hem in a stretch velvet dress. Would Eloflex work well for hand sewing, or is it only meant to be used in a machine?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Eloflex can also be used for hand sewing and would work very well on stretch velvet.

  18. Barbara Showell Reply

    My Jo Ann’s employees lookedvat me like I was hallucinating when I asked because I forgot it was Coats brand when I was looking. I too found it on my own.

  19. Amy Reply

    I have been trying to use this thread on a lame jersey. The thread on top pulls even when I loosened up the top tension. I can’t figure out how to use this thread and am very frustrated.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Amy, I’m sorry you are having a problem. What type of needle are you using. For this special fabric, be sure you are using a stretch needle– not just a ball-point. The stretch needle has a deeper groove on the front to shield the thread and let it got through the fabric smoothly.

  20. Laura Reply

    Can Eloflex be used in the bobbin, with regular thread on top, as you would for shirring?

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Eloflex can be used in the bobbin but we wouldn’t recommend using it for shirring. Shirring requires an elastic thread. Eloflex stretches, but functions as a sewing thread and does not gather the fabric.

  21. Rebecca Reply

    This is super hard to find online. I would love to buy a sample pack, but i can only find single spools on Amazon. Even Joann’s website has no results for a search on “Eloflex”.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      The sample packs were put together for prizes. In the stores you will find the individual spools. It is in the store at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby. You can find it online at

  22. Marcia Sue Reply

    Are there discount/promotional coupons available to encourage my trying the product? Thanks!

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      We do not offer coupons, but many of the retailers that carry our products do.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      There are no distributors of eloflex in the UK at this time and we are not aware of plans for distribution-but we will certainly let you know if that changes.

  23. Donna Reply

    Hello, I see you recommend a stretch needle for this. Would a ballpoint needle also work? I am very excited to try it! Thank-you!

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      It really depends on the fabric. For cotton interlock and spandex you will most likely need a stretch needle.

  24. Aileen Reply

    I have not found thisinJoannsin my area. Also looked for the new threadtosew buttonson. The salespeople don’t know what I am talking about for either of these threads.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      It is located in the Coats & Clark thread fixture. On-line you can find at at Secura, the heat activated button thread is no longer in JoAnn’s.

  25. Sharon Schubert Reply

    Stretch needle? I have heard of ballpoint needles, universal needles, twin needles … but I don’t know “stretch needle”. please educate me

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Hi Sharon,
      We will let Rhonda Pierce from Schmetz needles provide the answer: Both the Jersey & Stretch needles have the same medium ball point.
      The difference between the two needles is that the eye and scarf (that little indentation on the back above the eye) are configured just a little bit differently. These two features react differently to thread and fabric. Frequently Jersey and Stretch needles are interchangeable, but not always. Check this link on page 14: Stretch Needles

  26. Hollea Reply

    Hi this is available at fabricland in BC Canada Surrey, BC to be exact and it is over 6 dollars a spool but was able to get 3 colours that I wanted although the black one was sold out. Will have to make another trip thanks for the tips for stretch needle, wind bobbin slowly and 3 mm stitch length. Cannot wait to use it for making costumes.

  27. Sharon E Bolin Reply

    I’m thrilled to find out about Eloflex. Had heard that there was a new stretch thread available and when I asked about it at my Joann’s, the sales lady took me right to it. There I found all 21 colors. I’ve now used it on a couple of garments and it works perfectly. Thanks for making this available to the sewing world!

  28. Joan mach Reply

    Just purchased this thread, had a problem with the top thread shedding & bobbin thread very tight, what am I doing wrong? I was using a utility stretch stitch recommended by my machine.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Joan, A stretch stitch isn’t necessary because the thread itself stretches with the fabric. Make sure you are using a stretch needle and lengthen your stitch. We are emailing you more information.

    • lynnbrowne Reply

      Eloflex is polyester so we recommend a warm or synthetic setting on the iron. Be cautious, because many of the stretch fabrics you would be using this on do not tolerate heat or steam.

  29. Nancy Reply

    Is the new Eloflex thread available in Canada? If so, could you suggest a store in the Newmarket, Ontario area where I could purchase it?

    Thanks, Nancy

  30. Lyncat Reply

    Now I’m going to have to leave early for my dinner date because I HAVE to go to Joann’s to get this thread to try.

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