Embroidery is perhaps the most creative thing you can do with a needle and thread, whether you’re doing it by hand or using a fast and versatile embroidery machine designed specifically for making beautiful thread art on fabric.
Machines like the SWF MAS 12-Needle Embroidery Machine make stitching complex, detailed designs a breeze; however, it’s important to start out the right way.
Whatever embroidery machine you may use, the best way to create stunning embroidery designs is by using the right thread.
When choosing threads to use for machine embroidery, the first decision you’ll need to make is what fiber to use.
Based on their various positive and negative qualities, some threads are better for certain embroidery projects than others.
Choose the highest quality thread you can find and consider these different fibers for the designs you want to sew on any embroidery machine like the SWF embroidery machine:
- Rayon - Used more often than others, rayon is the most commonly used embroidery thread as it’s shiny, smooth, reasonably durable, made from organic fibers, affordable, and available in the largest selection of colors. While it’s great for most embroidery projects, the one drawback with rayon is that the colors will fade over time and/or from washing.
- Polyester - Available in a wealth of colors, this synthetic fiber is even stronger and shinier than rayon and is bleach and fade-resistant, making it a preferred fiber for clothing, and anything that will be washed a lot. It does cost more than rayon.
- Silk - Another option when you want a strong, natural fiber that’s also very shiny, silk has a luxurious look that stands out from both rayon and polyester although it is more costly than the other two.
- Cotton - Lint-free, quality Egyptian cotton embroidery thread is another favorite because it is available in a wide variety of colors, exceptionally strong, durable, more affordable, and can be used to create machine embroidery designs that look like handwork:; however, cotton gives a matte look rather than a shiny one.
After selecting a fiber to use, you’ll need to decide on thread weight based on the design being stitched, the fabric you’re stitching on, and the qualities of the thread.
Thread weight works like wire gauge and needle sizes as the higher the weight, the finer the thread and vice-versa.
Most machine embroidery that is suitable for most projects is done using 40-weight thread, which is slightly larger than standard 50-weight sewing machine thread.
For finer, more detailed designs, you may want to use 50-weight thread; for less detailed designs that yield a hand-stitched look, 30-weight thread is the choice.
You’ll also need to consider the number of stitches in the digitized design when choosing thread weight to ensure your threads will easily fill the design and the level of detail in the design.
In addition to the standard thread varieties mentioned above, there are a number of great specialty threads that can be used with machines like the SWF MAS 12-Needle Embroidery Machine to create truly stunning designs:
- Metallic - A favorite of machine embroiderers everywhere, metallic threads can give designs a flash that stands out from even the shiniest polyester threads. Just be careful using them, as these threads are flat and require you to use a needle with a larger eye, reduce the tension, and slow the stitching.
- Variegated - Variegated threads are those that change colors automatically along the thread, making interesting effects in embroidered designs.
- Solar-Activated - Light-sensitive threads can be a lot of fun to work with, creating unique embroidery designs that glow in the dark after they’ve been charged with natural light.
Stunning Machine Embroidery Starts With The Best Thread
If you’re thinking of investing in an SWF embroidery machine or something similar, remember that the right thread is imperative to a stunning outcome.
Practice with less expensive threads; however, when it’s time to create actual designs on your projects, the results you get will depend greatly on the thread you use!