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5 Questions about Merrow Floss

8th February 2011

5 Questions about Merrow Floss

If you’ve ever visited our website,  you probably already know that we sell a variety of threads.   Most of the thread we sell is Iris Thread,  and it is meant for machine embroidery.   EnMart does, however,  offer a few kinds of specialty thread,  and one of those threads is merrow floss.   For those of you who aren’t familiar with merrow floss,  I thought I’d use today’s blog post to list and answer some of the most common questions we get about this type of thread.

Question 1:  What is merrow floss? –  Merrow floss is a type of thread that is typically used in a merrow machine to create the colorful border you see on many patches and emblems.  Our merrow floss is 300/4 and 100% polyester thread.

Question 2:  Can you use merrow floss to do regular embroidery? – We’ve never tried it,  but our tentative answer would be probably not.   Merrow floss requires special needles and is thicker than regular machine embroidery thread.  If you were to try embroidering a design with it,  you would certainly need to have your design specially digitized to take into account the increased thickness of the thread.   It is also uncertain how well merrow thread would run in a standard embroidery machine.

Question 3:  How tough is your merrow floss? - The Iris Merrow floss is regularly used by our parent company, Ensign Emblem.   Ensign creates emblems for industrial laundries, so the materials used in those emblems need to be tough enough to withstand an industrial wash and dry.   Iris merrow thread is wash fast and color fast and stands up to an industrial laundering with ease.

Question 4:  Is this the merrow thread used on the blank patches EnMart sells? – We’ve said it before and will most likely say it again,  EnMart and Ensign Emblem use the products that EnMart sells.  The merrow floss is no exception.   The colorful borders on our blank patches and our custom sublimated patches are all created using Iris merrow thread.

Question 5:  Do I need a special machine to use merrow floss? – Merrow floss is designed to be used with a merrow machine.    We recommend running your floss in this machine.  We have not tried running the floss using a standard embroidery machine and have no knowledge of how well or not well that would work.

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