Embroidery Thread

Whether you are a novice or a professional (or somewhere in between) embroiderer, sewist, or quilter, starting with a quality thread will provide you with a better experience as you create any stitched project. Choosing a quality thread doesn't have to be a complicated process. When it comes to embroidery threads, there are several fibers that are popular choices for embroidery applications.

Rayon Embroidery Threads

Rayon threads have been the benchmark for embroidery applications for many years. Its high sheen appearance is synonymous with embroidered designs. Rayon fibers are also known as viscose and are made from cellulose, which is usually a derivative of wood pulp. Rayon is inexpensive to make is readily available in many colors and sizes. Unfortunately, Rayon is not universally colorfast. This means that the color can bleed from the thread if exposed to strong detergents or bleach. Rayon also fades and loses its color when exposed to UV rays.

Polyester Embroidery Threads

Polyester fibers have been around for several decades. In fact, some of us may be guilty of wearing polyester clothing during the 70's. Polyester threads are made from a myriad of synthetic materials that are twisted, dyed, and processed. Up until a few years ago, it was difficult to produce a polyester thread with the same sheen as Rayon. Thankfully for everyone who loves embroidery thread, this is no longer the case. Trilobal polyester threads are high-sheen threads that have the same, if not better, visible qualities that make rayon so popular. Trilobal polyester threads have a unique three-sided shape to each individual fiber. These three sides reflective light in a specific manner, so the resulting appearance is a high-sheen thread. Polyester threads have a much greater UV resistance, and while they will still fade over time, polyester fibers to not degrade nearly as quickly as rayon threads do.


Polyester thread embroidery design
Magnifico and Twist embroidery threads

One embroidery thread line, Twist, adds a unique flair to stitched projects. It is the first polyester thread that has two separately-dyed strands twisted together. When Twist is embroidered, it adds beautiful texture and color depth to landscapes, animals, and background designs. Not only does the high-quality nature of trilobal threads make Twist a fantastic choice for embroidery, the color blends provide a result that can't be replicated with a single thread.

All of Superior's trilobal polyester threads are made with high-tenacity fibers. The tensile (breaking) strength is much stronger than regular embroidery thread and can withstand the tension and rigors of high-speed embroidery machines, including commercial 10-needle embroidery machines.

Decorative Embroidery Threads

Decorative threads, such as metallic thread or glow-in-the-dark thread can be a lot of fun to include in an embroidery design. Children love pillows, pajamas, or quilts with their name embroidered in glow-in-the-dark thread. Metallic threads create beautiful embellishments and cause a design to really pop.

Whatever embroidery thread you choose to use in your designs, start with a quality thread, preferably a trilobal polyester thread, and you will spend more time stitching instead of dealing with broken threads and frustration.

Watch our video on Twist embroidery thread.

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