OK, just to be clear Apparel Search is not a fan of the word
"Thread" as a unit of measure. However, the British have been here
before we arrived... Thread has a different meaning in regard to
textiles so this is a bit confusing.
We have read that the following definition, "Thread is a cotton yarn measure, equal to 54 inches (1.37m)."
However, we have also found some where else that 1 thread is 55 inches.
So which is it? Is it 54 inches or 55 inches?
Please use the following at your own risk...
British standard yarn measures:
- 1 thread = 55 in or 139.7 cm
- 1 skein or rap = 80 threads (120 yd or 110 m)
hank = 7 skeins (840 yd or 770 m)
- 1 spindle = 18 hanks (15,120 yd or 13.83 km)
Note: this is different
than thread count. Thread count or threads per inch (TPI) is a
measure of the coarseness or fineness of fabric. It is measured by
counting the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric or
one square centimeter, including both the length (warp) and width (weft)
You may want to visit the following websites to learn more about
Thread Weights & Measures
Thread Numbering (Coats)