Friday, November 18, 2011

How to Select Machine Embroidery Thread

A lot of you already know these basics about machine embroidery thread, but we wanted to make sure that those that are new to embroidery have the information as well.

Types of Machine Embroidery Thread [this list doesn't include all types of embroidery thread]
  • Polyester ~ Color-fast. Polyester thread eliminates looping, puckering and virtually all thread breaks. Suitable for almost any application. Vibrant colors, are glossy, as well as resistant to chlorine bleach, making polyester thread the ideal thread for embroidering on uniforms, safety garments and commercial linens.
  • Rayon ~Not Color-fast. Rayon thread has an attractive high sheen, is readily available, and has consistent trouble-free performance, holding up to high-speed stitching without breaking or fraying.
  • Metallic and Mylar ~great for holiday and fun projects ~ change one of the colors that the pattern calls for to a metallic color and change the whole look! Metallic thread is a little harder to handle [see our notes in our Tips & Tricks Document ~ click here].
  • Cotton ~great for quilts and heirloom type projects.
  • Silk ~great for high quality home decoration type projects.
Weights - smaller # is thicker and larger # is thinner...
  • 50 & 60 ~ Thinnest threads. Uses include: small details [like lettering in logos] and delicate fabrics. If using this thread with a standard embroidery design, remember to increase the density of the design or it will probably be too sparse. For best results use a #75/11 needle.
  • 40 ~ the standard and most common weight that most embroidery designs were digitized to use unless otherwise noted. For best results use a #75/11 or #80/12 needle.
  • 30 & 12 ~ Thickest threads. Uses include: edging for badges and needlepoint effect in embroidery designs. If using this thread with a standard embroidery design, remember to lower the density of the design or it will probably be too dense. For best results use a #90/14 or #100/16 needle.












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