I’ve recently become quite obsessed with the show Mythbusters. I’ve never considered myself much of a science geek, but I love how the show tests things and finds the truth, and the science, behind myths we’ve probably all heard a million times. While I would never consider myself a Mythbuster, since that seems to come with a desire to blow things up as often as possible, I figured, in honor of the show, I could bust a few embroidery myths here on this blog.
Myth #1: Cheap supplies save you money – I know it can seem counter intuitive, but buying inexpensive goods is not always the best way to save money. Cheap thread can have more breaks, which causes more downtime for your machine and a longer production schedule. Cheap backing may be lumpy or paper thin, and you need to use more sheets to stabilize your fabric. If buying less expensive or lesser quality goods causes you to use more, or slows down your production, you’re not really saving much at all.
Myth #2: You should stick with the brand that comes with your machine – We hear this a lot from people who are just starting out. When you ask them why they use the brands they use, they say “well, that’s what came with my machine” and simply take as a given that what came with their machine is the best option out there. Quality and value may be one reason that samples are included with a new machine, but it’s not the only one. Samples may be included because the machine supplier sells that brand. You might receive samples with a new machine because a supply manufacturer and a machine manufacturer worked out a deal. The best way to know what works best for you and your machine is to try a lot of different brands. Manufacturers don’t always know best.
Myth #3: Rayon thread will always have a better sheen than poly thread – This myth stood the test of time, until trilobal polyester threads were created. Trilobal polyester filaments are triangular in shape, and reflect the light differently than regular polyester filaments. This difference in light reflection creates a polyester machine embroidery thread that has a far brighter shine than ordinary embroidery thread. If you want a durability of polyester thread, combined with the shine of rayon thread, use a trilobal polyester thread, like Iris thread, for your embroidery.
I’m sure there are a lot of embroidery myths out there, and I’m thinking this might be a fun series to run every once in a while. If you have any embroidery myths you’d like us to bust, or to confirm, leave them here in the comments on this blog, or contact us and let us know what myth you think needs testing.