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.

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.

Metallic thread embroidery

Metallic thread embroidery

Magnifico and Twist trilobal polyester threads

Magnifico and Twist trilobal polyester threads

Vibrant Colors

Adding creative embellishments to your sewing projects such as garments, quilts and crafts is easy with the great products from Superior Threads. Vibrantly-colored embroidery thread is essential for decorative hand or machine sewing projects. Hand-stitched embroidery using plastic and wooden hoops to hold fabric has been a long-held tradition with home sewers and hobbyists. In addition, modern commercial and home sewing machines are frequently able to make decorative stitching with computerized machines and software. Many experienced crafters use a traditional zigzag sewing machine to make free motion decorative stitching on fabrics. Our creative customers can find quality embroidery thread in a wide variety of colors and styles for both machine and decorative hand stitching.

Many Brands

Individuals using commercial embroidery machines, such as Brother, Baby Lock, Consew, Tajima, and Barudan, which hold numerous cones of thread at a time, can also find embroidery thread from Superior Threads. At Superior Threads, we sell jumbo cones of polyester-filament thread that are suitable for commercial sewers multiple needle machines. Our selection of embroidery threads include the brand Magnifico, which is a high-sheen, high-tenacity (strength) polyester. Many of our customers prefer using our Bottom Line brand for winding their bobbins when using our high-sheen threads on top. Bottom Line is also suitable for making garments, quilting and appliqué. We also have a brand of embroidery thread called Fantastico that is a variegated (multi-colored) high-sheen, high-tenacity trilobal polyester which provides excellent luster and shades for landscaping scenes. With modern technology, we have also developed glow in the dark, fluorescent and sunlight activated threads in an assortment of colors.

Unique Characteristics

Superior Threads also sells embroidery thread in skin tone colors to create lifelike thread portraits. The Living Colors brand of trilobal polyester is an excellent choice for our customers to create decorations on quilts. Hobbyists and crafters can add an interesting dimension and sparkling effect to sewing projects with Glitter Hologram available in 24 colors. Individuals needing a strong embroidery thread can purchase our high strength Magnifico brand available in 200 beautiful colors. Our creative customers can also choose from our Metallic Threads, Rainbows, and SuperBrights brands of threads available in almost 100 color choices. Customers can also select from several dozen colors of Twist, which is a unique combination of two colors twisted together, creating a single thread.

Our Embroidery Threads


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 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.

Nature Colors

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.


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.

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