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D & E NYLON #18 - a.k.a. MASTEX - 3-PLY BONDED NYLON

In 2008 Mastex went out of business to the dismay of many designers including myself who have been using Mastex Nylon #18. Out of the ashes of Mastex, D & E Thread was born. Their nylon #18 is manufactured by the same factory that made post 2005 Mastex thread, so it is the same thread. Originally designed for hand stitching for the upholstery industry and produced by Mastex, this thread has a soft bond finish, so less bond than the other brands currently produced. It is more pliable and has a softer hand, making this thread more desirable for some applications of micro-macrame, simple or complex beading projects, bead crochet, cordmaking, kumuhimo braiding, half-hitching, Cavandoli tapestry knotting... where a softer hand is required.

Personal Note - I have been buying and using this thread for many years. I was very upset when this thread was discontinued first in 2005, then when Mastex went out of business. This latest revival is welcome news. The D & E Nylon #18 is manufactured by the same factory that made the Mastex thread released post 2005, so it is the exact same thread on the short spools, not the tall black plastic spools as Vintage Mastex. It is very pliable, twisted a bit tighter and has less bond than any of the other nylon #18. It has an even twist and a soft hand. The color range is limited. It can be used in combination with any of the other brands: C-Lon Bead Cord, Tuff Bead Cord Size 5, Beadsmith and Conso Nylon #18. So for now it is available again, but note the inventory kept at the factory is low, so order accordingly. Ah, the topsy turvey world of thread...

165 yd - 150 m - 2 oz - Thread Ø 0.5mm - Z Twist - Soft Bond - Made in the USA - 12 spools max. for USPS Flat Rate Mail envelopes

$7.25 per spool/cone
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D&E-721
D&E-777
D&E-772
D&E-744
White
Dark Grey
Slate
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D&E-752
D&E-763
D&E-764
D&E-756
Chestnut *See Notes
Dark Chestnut *See Notes
Cocoa
       
       
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D&E-722
D&E-765
D&E-780
D&E-766
Natural
Daffodil
Chinese Rust
Cardinal
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18 D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D&E-757
D&E-742
D&E-778
D&E-749
Scarlet
Pale Blue
Navy
Aqua Spray
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
D & E (Mastex) Nylon #18
   
D&E-770
D&E-779
   
Leaf
Hunter *See Notes
   
   

Notes - Colors are not always available so plan accordingly... Current lots of Black, Ash, Chestnut and Dark Chestnut have more bond than previous productions. An additional colors in the Ash-Cocoa range is available, I named it 764-Dark Chestnut, although it is possible that Chestnut might have been a darker dyelot of Ash and Dark Chestnut a darker dyelot of Chestnut.

About colors - While every attempt was made to reproduce thread colors accurately, colors on your monitor may not precisely match actual thread colors. Dye lots from manufacturer may vary!

About shopping cart - Quantities are automatically set at 1 when you add items to the shopping cart. To change quantities, just change the number in the shopping cart window to quantity desired and update the cart.

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