J. & P. Coats and the Clark Thread Co. merged to become Coats & Clark Inc. in 1959. But the history of this company dates to the early 1800s.
How It All Began
Their history page is a must-read. It offers a wonderful, insightful look into the way thread markets were controlled, where their products have been manufactured, inspired and more. In a nutshell, here's how it happened.
In the 1750s, brothers James and Patrick Clark moved to Paisley, Scotland, to begin work in the weaving trade reproducing the silk Kashmir shawls of India at affordable prices.
When Napoleon blockaded the coasts of the United Kingdom preventing silk from being imported, the brothers turned a necessity into an invention.
The Clarks created a way to twist cotton yarns together producing a thread as smooth and strong as silk that could be woven. They soon discovered it was a good replacement for linen and silk thread used in hand sewing.
In 1812, the brothers placed their first cotton sewing thread on the market and opened their first mill in 1817 and found a way to spool thread onto wooden reels.
Enter Mr. Coats
Not to be outdone by the Clarks, James Coats, another weaver located in Paisley, Scotland, started his own similar business in 1826.
In 1830, his sons, James and Peter, took over the business and it became known as J & P Coats initializing specializing in sewing and crochet threads.
Coats & Clark Is Born
While the J & P Coats and The Clark Thread Company remained independent companies, in 1931 a single president for both companies was elected in John B. Clark. Then in 1952, the companies merged into Coats & Clark Inc.
Coats & Clark Products
The place to start exploring Coats & Clark is their homepage.
Coats & Clark products are not just sewing products. Coats & Clark manufactures products for knitting and crocheting, hand embroidery, quilting, machine embroidery, sewing accessories and more. Browsing the Coats & Clark product pages just might expose you to sewing notions that you never knew existed.
How to Contact the Coats & Clark Company
Contacting Coats & Clark is easy via their website contact page. Retail and wholesale information is provided on this one page. They also offer a place to provide them with suggestions.
Buying Coats & Clark Products Online
While the Coats & Clark website doesn't feature an online store, most large online sewing stores carry their products and can be purchased through them.
More Coats & Clark Websites
Coats & Clark offers a few ways to navigate the information they provide free on the Internet. The World of Coats & Clark Crafts offers links to information in many different countries.
Welcome to Coats offers a sitemap to all of their websites and a huge amount of information. Coats Sewing Solutions is a page that offers information about sewing with any of their products.
Coats & Clark offers an easy to use store locator so you can find a store that carries their products near you.