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How to Choose Machine Embroidery Thread

23rd July 2008

How to Choose Machine Embroidery Thread

Sometimes choosing a machine embroidery thread can make you feel like a kid in a candy story. There are all these tempting colors and varieties from which to choose, but how do you know which thread will be the best one for your job? Today I wanted to give you some tips for choosing the right machine embroidery thread for your job and for you.

Tip #1: Pick the Right Thread for Your Project – This may seem like a “well, duh” tip, but it is something that people do overlook. Some threads may work with certain materials better than others. Some threads just sew better on a particular type of machine. Knowing the quirks of both your machine and your material can help you make the right thread choice.

Tip #2: Know the Weight of Your Thread – The weight given for machine embroidery thread roughly translates into how many stitches it will take to cover the area which is being embroidered. A 50 weight thread will be thinner than a 40 weight thread and so on down the line. If you’re creating designs with a lot of stitches, or your embroidery needs to cover a large area, you want to be sure of the weight of your thread.

Tip #3: Know Your Special EffectsMetallic thread can lend a shiny appearance to your embroidery. Glow in the dark thread can add a unique glow to a Halloween costume. Variegated thread allows you to add a variety of colors while using one thread.

Tip #4: Do Your Research – All threads are not created equal. Some break more easily. Some tend to fray or fuzz. Before you purchase a thread, do your homework. Visit the web site of the thread manufacturer. Post a question on a machine embroidery forum or two and ask what other people’s experience with the thread has been. The more you know about the thread, the more likely it is that you’ll pick the thread that best suits your needs.

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