Buttons are among the most basic methods of fastening one thing to another. They also make a pretty embellishment all on their own. We love them lots… until they come off. And, they almost always come off, especially from store-bought items, which often seem to be sewn with some kind of  “quick release thread.” If you’re tired of buttons coming loose or popping off, you are going to love the new Secura Button Thread from Coats. It sews like regular thread, but the secret comes when you’re done sewing. Steam the sewn button from the back for just a few seconds and the heat activates the thread’s coating, allowing it to stick to itself. It doesn’t stick to the fabric or the button – just to itself. 

Secura is a heat-activated polyester button thread. It creates a super tight seal that can eliminate the problems of loose or lost buttons.

We got a sneak peek at this new product during Fall Quilt Market, but just received an official supply to test a few weeks ago. We put it to the “tug test” on two different samples. 

Our first sample was a store-bought shirt that was missing a front button. We removed the old thread remnants, threaded up our needle with Secura, and stitched the button in place. The thread sews beautifully, passing smoothly through the fabric. And, we were able to easily tie a nice, tight knot at the back. It feels no different from standard button thread

With the button in place, grab your iron. You need to pre-heat the iron’s temperature to at least a polyester setting so it can generate a blast of steam. As always, make sure the temperature matches the fabric you’re working with. If your fabric cannot withstand steam heat, this may not be the best option for your project. 

Working from the back, hold the iron just above the knotted thread. Steam and then continue to hold the iron just above the fabric for 10 seconds. 

That’s it; the heat penetrates the thread and activates its ability to stick to itself. Once activated, the button lives up to its name, it is very secure. We pulled on the button with enough force to pop off a traditionally sewn button, but the Secura-sewn button didn’t budge. And, it did not stick to the button or the fabric – just itself. 

Our second test was a larger button on a layered piece of quilting cotton to simulate sewing a button onto a project you’ve made yourself. This time we used a four-hole button. Again, we stitched the button in place just as we’d normally do with regular thread

Then, we steamed from the back and held the iron in place for just 10 seconds. 

We really pushed and pulled on this button when done. 

The force did a great job of wrinkling the surrounding fabric but the button held fast. 

Secura is currently available in White and Black (which is what we tested), and will soon be available in a full range of six neutral colors: White, Black, Smoke, Indigo, Praline, and French Roast. The thread’s special coating gives the darker thread colors a bit of a variegated appearance, but that disappears once it’s been heat activated and only the thread’s solid color remains. 

One by-product of the heat activation is a tidier look from the back. The fusing helps seal the thread tails to the rest of the stitches so the thread looks a bit nicer overall. 

Coats Secura can also be used in the top and bobbin to stitch on buttons by machine. 

And, it can be used to attach beads, sequins, even snaps and hook-and-eye fasteners. It even works with metal buttons, which can be one of the worst offenders when it comes to loosening rapidly and popping off.

Coats tells us Secura is best for sew-through buttons and embellishments. However, we tested it with a shank button with excellent results

Just because it’s secured doesn’t mean you can never get it off. If you need to remove a button you certainly can. We used our seam ripper to cut through the thread, pulling the remnants from the fabric without a problem. Once the fabric was re-pressed, you can just barely see the remaining holes.

Watch the Coats video for additional step-by-step examples. 

You can find Coats Secura in White and Black now at JoAnn Stores. If you have trouble locating it in your area, contact Coats via their Consumer Service phone line at 809-648-1479 or through their website: MakeItCoats.com

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Kuin
Kuin
2 years ago

What is the difference

What is the difference between this thread and ascolite termofusion yarn?

ellen highsmith-silver
ellen highsmith-silver
3 years ago

What are the secrets to

What are the secrets to sewing with polyurethane laminate fabrics? I want to use it for  reversible rainware and cannot go around curves without huge wrinkly p;ileups.

Please help.

norskie3
norskie3
3 years ago

HELP, please.  Some time ago

HELP, please.  Some time ago you had a project using printed bias tape.  I cannot remember the company that was featured for this, but I am wanting to buy some printed bias tape, double fold.  Do you or anyone out there know where I can look for this?  (  I can make my own, but I wanted to find this resource first )    Any help will be most appreciated.

SONJA HANSEN
SONJA HANSEN
3 years ago

I had not yet heard of or

I had not yet heard of or seen this thread when I ran across some in my local JoAnn store.  I immediately brought home one each of the black and white to give it a try.  However, the holidays got in the way and I still haven’t tried it, but am very anxious to do so and appreciate your positive review.

JanetG
JanetG
3 years ago

Thanks so much for the review

Thanks so much for the review! I’m definitely going to try it, because I have problems with this all of the time with purchased clothing.

Pegasusquilts
Pegasusquilts
3 years ago

Just pulling on a newly sewn

Just pulling on a newly sewn button isn’t much of a test, especially without a comparison with other thread. But hand sewn buttons usually fail due to thread wearing through not stitches coming undone. This thread looks too thick for machine use. Is it? Is there a reason this is better than using matching thread and, if you’re anxious, adding a drop of Fray Check?

Diane Beavers
Diane Beavers
3 years ago

Great tutorial as always!..

Great tutorial as always!…Got it at JoAnn, tried it , love it. Thankyou.

dd
dd
3 years ago

where can you buy this thread

where can you buy this thread?

Cheryl Romano
Cheryl Romano
3 years ago

None of the buttons were sewn

None of the buttons were sewn on properly allowing space for the clothing to be buttoned except for shank which naturally has space. If thread tightens even more when steamed, clothing will have a puckered look when you try and button it.

Lynne Tilley
Lynne Tilley
3 years ago

I’m definitely going to look

I’m definitely going to look for this.  What a fabulous concept!

Sally M.
Sally M.
3 years ago

Amazing – that’ it, simply

Amazing – that’ it, simply AMAZING.  I can’t wait to get some of this thread just to try it.

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