Sewing Threads, Haberdashery and Embroidery From Empress Mills

The Empress Centre is a mecca for craft and sewing enthusiasts. Part of a working thread mill, the large and colourful, well-stocked shop, houses the wide variety of threads crafted on site as well as an abundance of accessories, craft supplies and gifts. Regular exhibitions of sewing, handicraft and art take place.

Our roots lie deep in the textile heritage of Lancashire, England. For over 80 years our family business has been manufacturing threads and yarns. Threads for high speed industrial machines, for hand sewing, for practical purposes, for creative use.We have supplied threads literally from the cradle to the grave – from towelling nappies to shrouds!

Practical to Creative Threads, from general purpose sewing threads to overlocking/serging, to patchwork & quilting, lacemaking, tailoring, ‘woolly nylon’, machine embroidery, pure silk, and 100% cotton. Quality, Craftsmanship, Imagination all linked to the very latest Technology.

Online Shop
Bobbins from 250 metres to large cones of 68,000 metres & everything in between! Plus a huge array of haberdashery, zips & sewing accessories.
Privileged Customer Scheme
Make shopping with us more rewarding with a free welcome pack + an ongoing 5% discount. Membership is free and it’s simple to sign up.
Factory Shop
Visit our factory shop at the Empress Centre in Lancashire to see exclusive ranges of fabrics & furnishings. Find us at the end of the M65 in Colne, Lancashire. Well worth a day out.