"I need Balger, which thread is it?"

"I need the Balger, which thread is it?" We get this inquiry a lot, especially now during the pandemic as people are stitching older projects from their stash.

Balger was the name we used for our metallic thread line back in the 1970s/1980s. Today we have about 20 different threads in that line, but back then the number was much smaller. If your design uses that old term "Balger," we know it's probably Blending Filament, Cord, or #8 Braid. In order to figure out which of these three threads your project may be calling for, we need to look at how the thread is being used in the design.

If you have an older project — particularly a cross stitch project — check your chart or pattern for these potentially identifying factors:

  • Is the Balger color meant to be combined with cotton floss? If so, it is probably Blending Filament.
  • Is the Balger color meant to be used by itself, for a bolder look? It is probably Fine #8 Braid.
  • Does the Balger color have a "C" in the color number? It is our thin Cord.
Of course, if you're having any trouble identifying a Kreinik thread from old, you can also email us and we'll do our best to figure it out together.

Keep in mind that some colors have been discontinued over the years. Here's a list of those colors: http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/04/discontinued-kreinik-thread-colors.html


Update from Doug Kreinik


To our customers and stitchers worldwide, 

We apologize for the length of time it is taking to fill orders right now. We were closed during the early days of the pandemic, which put us behind, and now we have a smaller crew due to the pandemic. We are shipping as fast as possible, running our thread-making machines 15+ hours a day, with staff working overtime. If we exhaust our staff, they could become ill, so we are watching out for them. 

We are also being cautious about hiring extra staff because we do not know where they have been and if they have been exposed to COVID. One sick person and we would have to close, and that is what we are protecting against. So, yes, it is taking longer, but we are producing, and plan to stay that way by being careful. 

We are working hard and shipping times are improving with each week. Thank you so much for your patience. Stay safe and healthy.

Regards, Doug Kreinik


New! Supersoft elastic for making masks

Kreinik is excited to announce that we are now making elastic, which is in great need during this mask-wearing time. We have two types: flat elastic (in two sizes) and round elastic (in one size).

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Kreinik factory had to close per government mandate. As we all quarantined and started making masks, we quickly saw a need for elastic. Doug Kreinik and our chief engineer started modifying one of our ribbon-making machines and re-rigged it to make elastic. Our first customer was the West Virginia National Guard. We now have it available on our website. As we build up stock, we will be able to sell wholesale on a larger level. We use a wonderful nylon/poly blend that is softer on people's ears. 

  • poly/nylon blend (no latex)
  • cone contains 50 yards
  • 3 to 1 stretch, so you don't have to use as much on a mask
  • flat elastic comes in 1/8" and 1/4" widths
  • round elastic is about 3/32" diameter

Update on thread production

The Kreinik factory is back operating, with modifications designed for the safety of our staff (distancing, sanitizing, shifts to reduce number of people in the building at a time). Since we were closed for a month, and shipped out everything we had on the shelves before closing, it will take at least a month to get threads made and shelves restocked—especially the most popular colors like gold, silver, pearl etc. 

We ask for your patience during this time and appreciate your business and your interest in our threads. We know that many retailers are out of Kreinik threads, but we are working as hard and as quickly as we can to get orders out to everyone. 

The outlet store is still closed and we are not allowing any visitors to the factory. The outlet store tent sale (usually in October) will not be held this year.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!


We miss you already, Frank

We lost a good human on Friday: Frank Bielec. Such a nice man, and so creative, talented, encouraging, funny, genuine. He and his wife Judy had a cross stitch design company years ago called Mosey N Me. In his honor, here's one of their free charts made for Kreinik thread fans: http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Marching-Together.html Click on the link to download the pattern. 

RIP Frank. We miss you terribly. Much love to Judy, Matt, and all of Frank's friends and family.


Seeing red?

We have heard from some stitchers that 003L Robot Red may bleed onto light colored fabrics when washed. We suggest switching to one of our other red shades, or only using it in dark-colored designs. It's a great color, but not worth ruining a project.

It can still be used in fly fishing; look for small, mid-size and bulk skeins of Kreinik Flash for making lures. It also comes in our piping for making bodies.


New over-dyed Kreinik threads from Threadworx

New over-dyed Kreinik from Threadworx! These fabulous new colors debuted at the recent Nashville Needlework Market. Over-dyed Kreinik #4, #8, #12 Braid:

  • 10485 Forest Green
  • 10788 Glitter
  • 10795 Magenta
  • 11218 Antique
  • 11307 Purple Shimmer
  • 11570 Rich Chocolate
Ask your favorite needlework store for the new Threadworx/Kreinik colors.


Temporarily closed. Please stay home and stay well!

Hello to our customers and friends worldwide,

   We are temporarily closing our factory due to the Covid-19 outbreak as of 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 24. This is to protect our staff and community and per order of the West Virginia governor. We all need to follow officials’ warnings and stay home. 

   We are shipping everything we can to needlework businesses that are still doing mail order. We have staff at home that can answer your questions via email (info@kreinik.com) and social media. We are making arrangements to help our employees as much as possible while we are closed. We are already looking forward to reopening and making more Kreinik threads (including new colors). 

   What’s next? What’s going to happen if you can’t get Kreinik threads for awhile? Focus on the present: stay home, avoid contact with others, and stitch, tie flies, or sew from your stash (find those unfinished projects!). Experiment, get creative, switch colors, try something different, teach your roommates. Make lists of the Kreinik threads you'll need to restock. These activities will calm your nerves and pass the time until our communities can ensure that everyone is safe and healthy and that businesses can resume. 

   The most effective way to combat this coronavirus is to shelter in place. The best thing we can do to help health care workers, neighbors, and loved ones is to STAY HOME. It’s just for a little while. We can do it. We can all do it. 

   We love all of you and are so thankful to serve you as customers and friends. We'll be back making threads soon, but for now, let's keep in touch on social media. We would love to see what you're making with Kreinik threads.

   Doug Kreinik and staff
   Kreinik Mfg. Co., Inc.


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