Superior's Embroidery Threads
We have a colorful selection of high-quality embroidery threads available in several fiber types, finishes, and weights. The most common trait of embroidery thread is a bright, high-sheen finish. Threads with a gorgeous luster make the embroidered design really stand out. Rayon threads used to be the go-to thread choice for embroidery until high-sheen trilobal polyester threads were invented about 20 years ago. Polyester threads are better than rayon threads for sewing and embroidery applications because polyester fibers are colorfast (rayon threads can bleed if washed with a strong detergent or bleach), polyester fibers have greater UV resistance than rayon threads (won't fade in the sunlight as quickly as rayon threads), and polyester has a stronger tensile (breaking) strength.
The cost of polyester embroidery threads are nearly on par with rayon threads these days. We recommend using a high strength, high-sheen trilobal polyester thread for embroidery. Magnifico, Fantastico, and Twist are fantastic threads to use for any embroidery project. All three thread lines are created from a strong, high-sheen polyester fiber and create smooth stitches with no bulk when densely stitched.
Metallic thread embroidery
Magnifico and Twist trilobal polyester threads
Decorative threads can add exciting dimension to embroidery projects. Metallic and glow-in-the-dark threads are a lot of fun for embellishments and designs for children. When stitching at a high SPM (stitch per minute), it may be helpful to loosen the top tension down 1 - 2 numbers if you experience thread breakage. We also recommend using a larger needle when embroidering with decorative threads, like our Topstitch #90/14 needle. The Topstitch style has a larger eye and deeper groove, which helps protect the thread from abrasion. If you are stitching embroidery patterns on a home machine, we recommend using a Superior Thread Holder to accommodate decorative threads as well as cones. We know how much thread is used during the embroidery process and purchasing cones of thread make embroidery much more economical.
Our embroidery threads:
Art Studio Colors
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and thread painting. Art Studio Colors is a premium-sheen trilobal polyester thread with a color palette that captures scenes we see throughout nature. Sunsets, landscapes and cityscapes inspired our selection of 36 colors. Art Studio Colors provides a beautiful presence when embroidered, quilted, or thread painted.
40 wt./2-ply variegated trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Bold variegated colors make Fantastico, well, fantastic! Made from the same high-strength fibers as our other trilobal polyester threads, Fantastico is a variegated high-strength high-sheen polyester thread with a one-inch precision dye pattern. Available in over 100 variegated color blends, we created a variegated combination for almost every need.
40 wt. metallized polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Glitter is made from a thin layer of mylar and has a holographic shimmer. Glitter is a flat thread and can be stitched on both home machines and longarm machines. A very loose top tension and a larger needle is recommended when sewing with Glitter.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and thread painting. Designed with award-winning quilter Hollis Chatelain, Living Colors is a trilobal polyester thread created specifically to replicate skin tones. Living Colors represents the broad spectrum of skin tones in 25 solid colors. Living Colors have a beautiful presence when embroidered, quilted, or thread painted.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Magnifico is a bold, strong thread created for embroidery and quilting. Magnifico is an extra-strength, high-sheen polyester that can handle the speed and tension of longarm and commercial machines, while displaying bold and beautiful shades of color. Available in 200 solid colors, so you won’t run out of color options. Unlike most high-strength trilobal polyester threads, Magnifico is heat set in processing, which eliminates unwanted shrinkage.
40 wt. metallic thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Create beautiful designs with Superior Metallics thread. Available in 25 beautiful colors, including two variegated colors. Superior Metallics is made from the finest raw materials and undergo special processing to make it vibrant, strong, and smooth.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and thread painting. Designed with award-winning quilter Hollis Chatelain, Nature Colors is a premium-sheen trilobal polyester thread created specifically to replicate colors in nature. Available in 50 solid colors. Nature Colors provides a beautiful presence when embroidered, quilted, or thread painted.
40 wt./3-ply Glow-in-the-dark polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. NiteLite is a fun, creative thread for quilting, embroidery, and decorative stitching. It is popular for children's pillowcases, blankets, quilts, and pajamas. Available in 6 colors. Expose it to light for 30-60 seconds and it will glow for hours. NiteLite can be recharged over and over again without loss of glowing effect. A dense stitch pattern will provide a better glow than a single stitch. Be creative in your next project and add glow-in-the-dark NiteLite for a fantastic glowing effect.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Rainbows is a premium high-sheen trilobal polyester that is available in 62 gorgeous variegated colors blends. Rainbows is precision-dyed with a one-inch dye interval and eliminates the guesswork of what a variegated thread will look like when stitched. You know what colors will show up in the pattern because there is a uniform dye pattern throughout the spool or cone.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Super Brights are bold, fluorescent spools made from high-sheen trilobal polyester. Designed for projects where a bold, almost reflective color presence is wanted, Super Brights will stand out and is sure to catch everyone's attention. Available in 12 bright, solid colors.
60 wt./2-ply polyester thread. Designed for applique, embroidery, quilting, and sewing. SuperBOBs are prewound bobbins with our Bottom Line thread. Available in both L-style and M-style bobbins, you'll love the convenience of a prewound with the quality of Bottom Line thread. SuperBOBs are paper-sided prewound bobbins.
40 wt./2-ply trilobal polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilting, and decorative stitching. Twist is an incredible feat of science in the thread world. Never before have two separately-dyed polyester filaments been combined to create a finished, dual-color thread. Add amazing texture and color depth to embroidery designs with Twist. Feathers, fur, and landscape designs will come to life by using one color of Twist instead of multiple solid colors for shading.
Watch our video on Twist embroidery thread.