Embroidery thread

What is an Embroidery Thread?

Embroidery thread is a type of yarn created specifically for use in embroidery projects or other forms of needlework. It has been designed with certain qualities that make it ideal for this purpose, such as strength and the ability to withstand being passed through fabric multiple times without breaking.

What Makes Embroidery Thread Different from Regular Sewing Thread?

Embroidery threads are made to be shiny to reflect light well and give designs a high-sheen finish. On the other hand, regular sewing threads tend to have a more matt appearance because they primarily combine fabrics securely rather than being decorative.

What Types of Embroidery Thread Are There?

There are many types of embroidery threads, but some common ones are:

    • Rayon: Known for its high sheen and vibrancy
    • Polyester: Durable, colorfast, and retains sheen
    • Cotton: A matte finish with a soft look and feel
    • Silk: Luxurious, natural shine, and very strong
    • Metallic: Threads with a metallic look, perfect for unique accents

Which Embroidery Thread Is Best for Beginners?

If you’re starting, it’d be best to go for rayon or polyester, as they come in vibrant colors and are easier to work with than other types.

Can Embroidery Thread Be Used in a Sewing Machine?

Definitely! However, ensure proper needle settings have been selected; otherwise, breakage/fraying might occur during stitching since most machines possess special embroidery settings to prevent this.

Does Embroidery Thread Color Fade Over Time?

High-quality, colorfast embroidery threads like polyester are resistant to fading. However, prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause some fading over time.

What Are the Most Popular Brands of Embroidery Thread?

DMC, Madeira, Coats & Clark, Sulky, and Brother are the most popular brands.

How Do I Choose the Right Embroidery Thread for My Project?

Think about what garment/accessory you’re making. If it has to be washed regularly, use strong threads such as polyester, which won’t quickly fade or break when exposed to water. On the other hand, silk would work best, for example, if you’re making an heirloom piece meant to last for generations without losing its beauty due to storage conditions, etc. 

What Are The Different Types Of Embroidery Thread?




Best Use




General purpose




Frequent handling or washing




Vintage look and feel




Heirlooms, luxury items



Low to Medium

Accents, embellishments

Where Can I Buy Embroidery Thread?

Embroidery thread can be purchased at craft stores, fabric shops, online retailers, and specialty embroidery supply stores.