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Embroidery thread

Jo

Embroidery thread
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:15:59 AM »
Looking to buy some embroidery thread. What should I look for?
I've never been a thread purist. I just can't pay 1.85 gbp for 100m of Gutermann sewing thread when I can buy 1000m of Coats Moon for about 0.7 gbp and I can honestly see no difference :)
Found [u=https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simthread-Brother-Polyester-Embroidery-Machine/dp/B01CAOC3AI/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1497011307&sr=8-7&keywords=embroidery+machine+thread]this[/u] on Amazon. Seems like a good variety of colors and a good price.
My other option would be Madeira thread. About the same price for 60 reels at 400m, but a very weird assortment of colors (for example no white thread!).
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Syrinx

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2017, 08:32:28 AM »
For embroidery it is worth having the more expensive/quality threads as the cheaper ones are liable to snap, have inconsistent colouring that you'll notice in a chunk of embroidery or they don't have quite the right look once embroidered.

I always use madeira embroidery thread and have always have a lovely stitch out from them. Lots of lovely lustrous colours. And you can get thread boxes which the cones fit in nicely.

BrendaP

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2017, 13:43:57 PM »
Madeira make several types of machine embroidery thread (and umpteen different threads for hand embroidery).

https://www.barnyarns.co.uk/madeira-embroidery-quilting-threads/

Polyester will be stronger than rayon but both are shiny.  Cotton will be more matte.

Threads designed for machine embroidery are 2-ply which allows the fibres to spread out more.  Most threads intended for sewing seams are 3-ply which is stronger but doesn't spread across the surface as well.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2017, 23:59:15 PM by BrendaP »
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2017, 19:01:59 PM »
I've been using Simthread (from Doris Darby at www.emboideredjust4u.co.uk- I think that's what the website is).  It's so much cheaper than Madeira etc, and seems to work fine for me.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2017, 19:05:28 PM by Bodgeitandscarper »

Jo

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2017, 07:50:20 AM »
Thank so much, Bodgeitandscarper! Those are actually the threads I was interested in.
I wanted to buy Madeira poly thread, but since the sets they sell locally have a very weird assortment of colors, and I'm just too lazy to go through all the colors and buy one by one, I'll just buy a set of Simthread. Price - wise there's not that much of a difference.
By the way, how fast does the thread get used when embroidering? Would 500m cones be allright or should I go for the 1000m ones?
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Didi

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2017, 09:07:18 AM »
I've been using Simthread (from Doris Darby at www.emboideredjust4u.co.uk- I think that's what the website is).  It's so much cheaper than Madeira etc, and seems to work fine for me.

I use that as well and find it really good, as good as any of the "branded" threads

Website is

https://www.embroideredjust4u.co.uk

( think there was an "r" missing from your link Bodgeitandscarper)
« Last Edit: June 11, 2017, 09:10:25 AM by Didi »

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 10:17:50 AM »
Thanks Didi for putting the correct linky - using my phone without my reading glasses isn't always successful! 
I'd probay go for the bigger reels, I expect they work out better value thougn I can't remember.

JillH

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 15:50:48 PM »
I will second  Doris Darby - I buy nearly all my embroidery stuff from her now :)
Jill -  trying to grow old disgracefully.

Jo

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 16:56:15 PM »
Awesome! Thank you all :) I shall buy 63 1000m cones. And now to figure out where I'll store them :|
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Ohsewsimple

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 21:13:49 PM »
I've never heard of these embroidery threads.  Where are they made?  There doesn't seem to be a lot of info about them.
As regards Moon threads.  They are really meant for overlocking.  There is a vast difference between them and   Gutermann.  Moon thread is very fluffy and thicker.  I never use it on my machines as it puts  a lot of lint into the machine.  There is a reason it is so much cheaper.  With sewing you do get what you pay for. 

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2017, 21:22:39 PM »
Awesome! Thank you all :) I shall buy 63 1000m cones. And now to figure out where I'll store them :|
Hot glue gun, some golf "tees" and a plastic box  0_0

Lyn-J

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 22:50:56 PM »
Bargain thread here - I don't think so!

I keep mine in one of these  
Lynne

Lilian

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2017, 23:38:11 PM »
They call that a 'Spice Rack'  ><  Haha it looks like a cat litter tray  0_0

« Last Edit: June 11, 2017, 23:39:53 PM by Lilian »
Willing but not always able :)


Lilian

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2017, 23:41:05 PM »
Hot glue gun, some golf "tees" and a plastic box  0_0

Great idea Bodgeit  :)  I will get some golf tees!  :vintage:
Willing but not always able :)


BrendaP

Re: Embroidery thread
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2017, 00:03:07 AM »

As regards Moon threads.  They are really meant for overlocking.  There is a vast difference between them and   Gutermann.  Moon thread is very fluffy and thicker.  I never use it on my machines as it puts  a lot of lint into the machine.  There is a reason it is so much cheaper.  With sewing you do get what you pay for.

I agree that Moon is fluffy and not good for regular machine use, but I'm not sure that it's designed for overlocking.  Most overlocker threads - the stuff on big cones - is quite a lot thinner than Moon; it's purpose being to neater the edges of seam allowances without adding bulk.
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/