Like needles, thread is a personal preference. It’s best to try several and see which ones you like. Most beaders develop a preference after a while. Also some types are better suited to different types of beads than others.
My current favorites are One G
for work with mostly seed beads and Fireline
if there are sharper crystals or heavier beads, e.g. Some two hole beads, like lentils, tiles and bricks
This is a traditional nylon thread from the upholstery industry. It comes in B and D sizes. B being a bit finer than D. Lots of colours to choose from. If you unpick a lot it does have a tendency to split and fray. However lots of people still love this thread, it’s very popular. I use this for bead embroidery as typically there is less unpicking in that.
This Japanese thread comes in one thread size. Available in a 50yd spool, and in a 12 pack of that size to, or in a 250yds spool. The 50 yd spool comes in lots of colours. It has a slight stretch, so do pre stretch it before using. Simple pull the length between fingers. It’s a lot more resistant to fraying than Nymo, but if you push it to extremes it will also fray.
The 250yd spool is great, if you use a lot of one colour like this neutral one, then it’s worth getting. It has a little slit in the side of the case, once you thread the end through there, you can simply pull a length and snip.
This is also a Japanese thread with similar qualities to One G It’s also lovely to work with and come in different shades to One G, so if one range has a better colour for your work, then either will do.
Fireline is a superior fishing line and also used as beading thread. It’s made of braided and fused fibers and is very strong and abrasion resistant, and does not stretch. It’s a more expensive option but I would say it’s essential for using with heavier beads and crystals. Some use it for everyday beading too. It’s down to individual preference as to what you like to work with.
It comes in several sizes, colours and spool length.
We stock 6lb in crystal, smoke and black in 50yd spools and crystal and smoke in 125yd spools
We stock 4lb in crystal and smoke in 50yd spools
Other thread reviews coming