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Barbour's Linen

Staple spun linen suitable for welting and other forms of sole sewing

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Linen thread has been made by Barbour for over 200 years. Coats Barbour's Linen uses only the highest quality of flax. Consistency is guaranteed by the blending of batches. One of linen's greatest assets is its low extensibility and thus its ability to hold a tight knot in the lockstitch seam; this makes it particularly suitable for welt and other forms of sole sewing. The low extensibility makes Coats Barbour's Linen ideal for end uses where no ‘give’ is required. The natural look of the linen thread seam enhances its aesthetic appearance. Linen degrades naturally and thus is an environmentally friendly sewing thread.

Main Uses

  • Automotive
  • Luggage and travel goods
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Book binding
  • Cable binding
  • Canvas
  • Carpets
  • Cigarette tapes
  • Sports balls
  • Cricket bats
  • Cable industry
  • Fishing lines
  • Furniture Upholstery
  • Equestrian
  • Lace
  • Medical supplies
  • Polishing buffs (on industrial grinding machines)
  • Saddlery
  • Outdoor goods and sports equipment
  • Weaving
  • Wigs

Features & Benefits

  • Coats Barbour's Linen does not melt and has high initial modulus
  • Linen elasticity is almost nil, it does not stretch and is easily dyed
  • Linen forms a good knot, high strength and strength increases when wet (10-15%)
  • Good fastness to UV Light and high moisture absorption
  • Natural product and use for traditional and authentic products providing an aesthetic appearance
  • Barbour’s Linen will wear at the same rate as other natural materials
  • Linen degrades naturally and thus is an environmentally friendly solution
  • It is a natural fibre, does not melt and swells when wet
  • Low extension at break, approximately 2.5%
  • Gets stronger when wet, approximately 5%
  • Satin finished linen thread has an excellent appearance in stitched leather seams
  • Knots hold better than synthetic equivalents
Coats Barbours Linen - Staple spun linen for welting and sole sewing
Barbour's Linen
Description Tex No. Sizing Ply Average Strength
        cN Grams
Linen braid 1.0 mm 28s lea x 12 12 19,600 19,986
- 1.2 mm 19.5s lea x 12 12 26,460 26,981
Linen cord 270 18 / 3c 3 7,840 7,994
- 350 18 / 4c 4 10,682 10,892
- 500 18 / 6c 6 16,464 16,788
- 800 18 / 9c 9 24,990 25,482
- 1100 18 / 12c 12 34,300 34,976
Yellow label 270 18 / 3c 3 7,800 7,954
- 350 18 / 4c 4 10,700 10,911
- 450 18 / 5c 5 13,800 14,072
- 500 18 / 6c 6 16,500 16,825
- 600 18 / 7c 7 19,000 19,374
- 700 18 / 8c 8 22,200 22,637

Physical and Chemical Properties of Barbour's Linen

Thermal Properties
Natural fibre, does not melt, swells when wet
Low extension at break - approximately 2.5%
Gets stronger when wet - approximately 5%
Coats Barbour's Linen - Staple spun linen for outdoor
Chemical Properties
Mineral acids
  • Fair resistance to most mineral acids
Alkalis
  • Poor resistance
Organic solvents
  • Excellent, generally unaffected by most organic solvents
Bleaching
  • Bleaches
Insects / Micro-organisms (mildew, rot)
  • Resistant to ageing and moth attacks but sensitive to mildew growth
Laundering / dry cleaning
  • Good durability
Moisture regain
  • 15 - 20%
Abrasion resistance
  • Good resistance
Sunlight (degradation)
  • Good resistance
Chemicals
  • Fair resistance
Specific gravity
  • 2

Since conditions and applications vary considerably in the use of a product, the customer and/or user should assure herself or himself that the product meets end customer requirements and is suitable for the intended end use. Coats accepts no liability for unsuitable or improper use or application of products.

Information provided above is based on current averages and should be taken only as indicative. Coats accepts no liability for the preciseness and correctness of the information provided.

Product information sheets are updated from time to time, please be sure you are referring to the most recent publication. Coats supports customers with advice on individual applications on request; if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.