To get amazing designs from any embroidery machine, it’s essential to use the right thread for the job.
Not just any thread will do, especially when it comes to professional-caliber machines like the Melco Amaya Bravo 16 Needle.
Use this handy guide to help you choose the right thread for your embroidery project so your stitched thread designs turn out like masterpieces!
Choose A Quality Embroidery Thread
The thread used in an embroidery machine is slightly different from the standard thread used on a standard sewing machine.
Embroidery thread is slightly heavier and usually smoother, two qualities that make a huge difference in how embroidery designs will turn out and how durable those designs will be afterward.
Always buy a high-quality thread made specifically for use in an embroidery machine to ensure your designs turn out right.
Know What Constitutes Quality In A Thread
When selecting the right thread to put in an embroidery machine, always select the highest quality you can find.
Choose one that is smooth and consistent throughout, has few fuzzy fibers hanging off it, and stitches up cleanly with straight, smooth stitches.
Buy a brand that has a wide selection of colors, as it’s preferable to use the same brand and weight in the machine.
Use fresh thread whenever possible and carefully store the rest out of sunlight as thread fibers slowly decompose over time and you want to use a pliable, soft thread that isn’t already drying out for best results.
Choose The Right Fiber
Embroidery threads are made in a variety of fibers, which you should choose according to the fabric being embroidered and the type of use the item will receive afterward:
- Rayon - Most popular, affordable, and readily available thread that’s found in the most colors. Smooth and shiny, can be washed, but can fade over time.
- Polyester - More expensive than rayon but equally as available. Very smooth and shiny, more durable, great for high-wear items that will undergo a lot of washing, and more fade-resistant.
- Cotton - Lint-free, strong Egyptian cotton is also very durable and washable, though with more of a matte look that resembles hand embroidery.
- Silk - Strong and shiny like polyester, durable like cotton, but with a unique shine that looks great on luxury garments.
- Specialty - Metallics, clear monofilaments, variegated threads, and solar/light-sensitive threads, each comes with its own qualities and use specifications.
Choose the Right Weight
Standard sewing machines typically use 50 wt thread for most needs; embroidery machines use a slightly thicker 40 wt thread as standard.
Some designs may even call for a heavier 30 wt thread or as low as 12 wt that looks like hand stitching.
Specialty threads for embroidery come in a variety of weights.
Choose thread weight according to the amount and type of details in the design, the stitch you’re using, and how well each thread fills the design.
Machine Embroidery Success Starts With the Correct Thread
If you’ve got an amazing Melco Amaya Bravo embroidery machine, make sure your designs come out perfectly by using the right thread for your design.
Fresh, high-quality thread from a reputable brand in the fiber that will work best for your specific project promises embroidery success, not an embroidery mess!