Choosing the ideal type of threads for any embroidery work is important because the colour and texture of the design, and ultimately the look of the end product depend upon the material and kind of thread utilised. Picking up your embroidery threads is a good step forward for someone who wants to do more than just what their cross stitch kits in Australia have to offer.
There’s a wide variety of embroidery thread to pick from, so take your time to choose exactly what type or combination ought to be best for the style you have in mind. More notably, thread choices must be based upon Sewability, Seam Efficiency and Look, Availability and Expense.
Your options in embroidery threads
Rayon: This type of thread has a terrific shine. Therefore the very best looking embroidery styles are sewn with it. Rayon threads can vary from combinations of two or more colours twisted together thus forming a single strand, to one solid colour strand. They are widely readily available, mostly in standard 40 wt. Moreover, 30 wt. Even though Rayon is the most popular type, it’s not extremely tough since of its thinness.
- Polyester: Polyester thread is more resilient than Rayon however it is not as attractive. However, this kind of embroidery thread barely shrinks or fades, and if combined with Rayon, the impact they offer is almost equivalent. It is also less expensive than Rayon thread.
- Cotton: Cotton thread permits a vast array of tension changes because of its texture. It has a right sheen, is quite strong (though more excellent threads above 50 wt. are not), and generally used for maker embroidery.
- Silk: Silk embroidery thread hardly breaks and has its own distinct, and probably the best sheen. Threads can be found in numerous sizes but their accessibility is low, so they are primarily used for high-end materials.
- Metal Thread: This type of thread has a core covered with a metal foil which may be coated with silver alloy, and the colour is added to this foil with a polyester film which may also be used as an undercoating. The metal thread is one of the most long-lasting offered on the market.
- Mylar Thread: Plies of the film are combined into a layer, cut into pieces to produce Mylar threads. They are long lasting but might break under high-speed sewing. One unique colour feature is holographic colour, which picks up and shows light or shade from other surrounding things. This improves the tone and design of the embroidery.
- Special-effect: As the name suggests, this type of thread can be utilised to produce different design results, such as crewel-like impact. Some of the individual effect threads change colours under sunlight, or might radiance in the dark.
- Tensile Strength: The tensile strength of an embroidery thread can be tested by sawing a suspended hair with another hair backward and forward until the first hair breaks. The faster it breaks, the lower the strength and quality of that specific thread type. This is where reputable brands such as DMC embroidery threads stand out from many of their competitors.
- Elongation: An excellent thread needs to have the correct amount of stretch. Take a piece of the cloth and stretch it till it breaks. The hair must neither break too quickly nor extend for too long.
- Sheen: The appeal and quality of the polish can be tested by studying the colour and design of a completed embroidery product.
So there you have it — a few things to look out for when choosing the right embroidery threads for your next cross stitch project! Get everything covered and you are well on your way towards getting better at your craft and having better results.