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Sailrite® PTFE Lifetime Thread (formerly Profilen®) is a high-performance polymer PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) thread that is totally unaffected by sunlight (UV) or nature's harsh elements and comes with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty. While sewing thread generally represents a very small investment in a total project, the weakest part of any canvas project is typically the thread, which eventually rots or weakens to the point of breakage. UV light, as well as elemental factors, attack the thread and tremendously reduces its tenacity over time.
Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread has a permanent 100% UV and weather resistance, as well as a "lotus-effect" dirt and water repellency, meaning it has self-cleaning properties due to its high water repellency. The unique characteristics of this PTFE thread mean that it will neither rot nor degrade. Being resistant to salt, microorganisms, bird droppings and most chemicals makes this thread a great choice for canvaswork, awnings, patio umbrellas and so much more. This thread can be used with both oscillating and rotary hook sewing machines. The thread performs very well in rotary hook machines like the Fabricator® Sewing Machine. Please read the section below titled "Important Information Regarding Sewing PTFE Thread" for information regarding oscillating hook machines. Not sure if your sewing machine has an oscillating hook? Learn more in our Rotary vs. Oscillating Hook Sewing Machines blog (#300118XHT).
Extremely resilient and flexible, even in low temperatures, Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread has an extremely low coefficient of friction making it highly resistant to abrasion. Although more expensive, this 1500 denier thread is a "Value Added" product — it costs more than other outdoor threads, but not when the costs of lifespan and re-stitching are considered. The manufacturer gives a lifetime guarantee that it will replace any Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread which fails in usage due to degradation caused by exposure to sunlight or by degradation caused by atmospheric chemical (pollution) attack.
The base of the cone has a specially designed locking snap closure system to catch and keep the end of the thread contained for easier storage. Simply pull the base open, wrap the thread around the open trench leaving a tail, then push the base bottom to snap the locking system over the thread.
Sailrite Lifetime Thread is similar in size to V-92. We recommend using needle size #14 Round Point (Sharp) needle for mesh fabrics such as Phifertex Plus or shade sail material, and a size #18 DI Leather needle for dense fabrics like Marine Canvas and Awning fabrics and sailcloth. Outdoor thread should pull up off the top of the cone for a smoother feed to the sewing machine.
Important Information Regarding Sewing PTFE Thread:
PTFE thread can be somewhat tricky to sew on any oscillating hook sewing machine. However, we have tested numerous lifetime threads on the market and found that Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread performs better than other lifetime threads on the Ultrafeed® Sewing Machine. There is a trial and error process with using this thread. PTFE thread will not perform like polyester and it should not be expected to do so.
You will more than likely experience some skipped stitches when sewing PTFE thread. This is to be expected; its slippery texture kinks, resulting in occasional skipped stitches. Skipped stitches do not compromise the quality or integrity of your sewing assembly. There are no structural concerns with skipped stitches in your seams. Please refer to the video at the bottom of this page for a demonstration of sewing with Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread.
- 100% PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)
- Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty
- Permanent 100% UV and Weather Resistance
- Works with Industrial and Semi-Industrial Sewing Machines
- Dirt and Water Repellent
- Extreme Resilience/Flexibility, even at low temperatures
- Mildew and Rot Proof
- Fade Proof
- Chemical Resistant
- Maximum Heat Resistance 260°C / 500°F
- Maximum Cold Resistance -200°C / -328°F
- 1500 Denier
- Use with a #18 DI needle (for dense fabric) or #14 Sharp Point needle (for mesh fabric)
|Thread Size:||V-92 / Tex 90 / Gov. F|
|Breaking Strength:||7.868 pounds|
|Cone Size:||4 ounces|
|Yards per Cone:||825 yards|
At a Glance
Sewing Sailrite PTFE Lifetime Thread on the Ultrafeed Sewing Machine
Sailrite® PTFE Lifetime Thread is a great choice for outdoor awning, canvas and upholstery projects that are exposed to harsh UV rays. The thread will never deteriorate in sunlight. It is also chemical resistant and bleach cleanable. Due to its slippery nature, it can be somewhat tricky to sew lifetime thread with an oscillating hook sewing machine like the Sailrite® Ultrafeed®. In this video, we demonstrate the stitch quality of this thread in a variety of fabrics and give you our tips and tricks on how to make sewing lifetime thread a little bit easier.
Brilliant!! Need a lifetime!!!
Definitely not as easy to use as regular thread. A bit tricky to get the machine set right but I got it sewing well and I’m a novice. I have faith the lifetime in the sun makes the trouble worthwhile
Sews perfectly. No missed or skipped stitches. Luv sailrite.
I have been purchasing Lifetime thread (other brands) for several years now. Glad to see that sailrite has started to provide their own brand - a brand that I respect.
quick shipping, item as described
quick shipping, item as described
Outdoor it's a must have
Starting on my next 'bigger' project, did not want to run out of thread. Since I started using Profilen it's all that I use on any outdoor project.
Seems to be good thread and easy to use...
I didn't have any problems at all using this thread and I'm fairly new to sewing heavy materials. I did get a couple skipped stitches in the beginning, but that was my fault for not aligning the needle well enough when I installed it. I rotated the needle so it was aligned better and made sure that any error would have the needle turned a little clockwise, as viewed from above. I never had another skipped stitch after adjusting the needle alignment. I used a
Don't need to re-sew
Very easy to sew with. I will be exposing it to Caribbean sun where other thread would deteriorate in a year.
Once I got the machine adjusted it sewed well. It is not really strong, but is supposed to resist UV.
Great Produce For Use In the Sun
Since I started using this thread for my projects I have no thoughts of going back to the V92 threads. This has yielded better quality results in the area of skipped stitches, thread breakage, and it most important feature, Lifetime usages under sun conditions. I have tried the use of smaller needles in place of #16 but have found that they tend to break when sewing through many layers of Sunbrella or Top Gun. I have found that even if there are only two colors and supposedly the clear is transparent but it shows white there is a way around it.. A method to reduce this contrast in places where on one side perhaps the top you are sewing a light color and the other is a dark color, is to use the transparent thread on the top or needle side and load the bobbin with the black thread. This is indeed is a great product that works very well on machines such as the LS-1 and LSZ-1. I have to o note, what a great spool it's mounted on with a quick thread captive method that keeps the thread from spooling off when in storage.