How to Choose the Right
Embroidery Thread for Your Business

If you’re someone who loves custom decoration and wants to improve your skills, make better quality products and streamline processes across your machine embroidery shop, then this is for you…

In this article, we’ll talk about embroidery thread, what it is, why it matters, and how to find high-quality thread for your business.

Now, you may be thinking, ‘’What is there to talk about? It’s just thread and nothing more…’’

And you may be right, at first glance, it may seem like a simple topic. Yet we know there is much more to it.

To be perfectly honest with you, there are many important factors to consider when selecting thread for your custom decoration business.

So, let’s get into some of the reasons why it’s so important. 


The first thing that most likely comes to mind when thinking of thread is color.

And for a good reason, too. The right combination of colors can make or break your embroidery design.

And with embroidery thread, there are a multitude of colors to choose from, which can make the selection process more complicated than it has to be.

So, we’d like to offer you a piece of advice here: start with a basic selection of colors first, such as black, white, red, blue, green, and yellow.

These colors can be mixed and matched to create a wide range of designs. 

If you want to, you may add a few more colors to your lineup later on.

This leads us nicely to our next point, consistency.


The next important factor to consider is to choose a thread brand that offers consistency. 

When we say consistency, we’re referring to the quality of the thread throughout the spool, batch, or color range.

With that said, it’s important for you to pick a thread brand that keeps the same thickness, sheen, and color saturation all the way through.

This will ensure that your embroidery designs don’t look different from one another at all.

To add to this, using consistent thread also helps to prevent knotting, fraying, tension issues, uneven stitches, or production slow-downs.

So, we encourage you to take the time to research (and invest) in a quality thread brand that is consistent and reliable for both your embroidery projects and the embroidery machine.

To help point you in the right direction, we would like to mention that we offer a range of threads from various reliable and reputable brands such as Royal and Isacord that you may already be familiar with.

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Storage & Maintenance

Taking care of your embroidery thread is just as important as picking the right colors and brand.

To keep your thread in good condition, we recommend to store it in a cool and dry place that’s away from direct sunlight and dust.

By doing so, you can prevent discoloration, moisture damage, tangling, or breakage during embroidery.

And don’t forget about your embroidery machine — show her some love too!

Before (or after) projects, make sure to clean it from dust or debris buildups.

It’s well worth the mention that regular maintenance can extend the life of your machine and prevent needle breaks or tension issues from happening in the first place.

But, if you’re reading this, we don’t have to tell you this because you already know it.

So, let’s move on and talk about the next factor that will help in your search for the right embroidery thread.

Weight & Thickness

Even though we’ve covered a lot of ground, there’s still so much to write about embroidery thread.

Like, for example, the weight and thickness of the thread.

These, too, are important factors to consider.

Mainly because the weight and thickness of the thread can affect the overall appearance of your embroidery design when sewed out.

To give you a practical example: thick threads are best used for designs that need to be more visible, while thin threads are perfect for intricate and detailed designs.

But it gets even more interesting than that. Get this.

The weight and thickness of the thread can also affect the durability of the finished product!

Who would’ve thought, right?

This means that if you use different thread thicknesses for the same product, and then use or wear this product over time, you will notice that the product made with thinner thread doesn’t hold up as well.

Let’s do one more before we wrap this up.

Thread Material

Last but not least is thread material.

It’s something that needs to be kept in the back of your mind.

Why, you may ask?

Well, there’s a good reason for that: embroidery thread comes in various materials such as cotton, polyester, rayon, silk and metallic.

Each material has its own distinct properties and characteristics that make it best suited for particular types of projects or uses.

While the polyester thread is strong, durable, and colorfast, it may not have the same sheen or luster as rayon or silk thread.

Rayon thread, on the other hand, has a high sheen and is great for designs with a lot of detail, but it may not hold up as well in the wash as polyester thread.

Cotton thread is great for natural fibers and has a matte finish, but it may not be as strong as polyester or rayon.

Metallic thread is perfect for adding some bling to your designs, but it can be difficult to work with and may break easily.

Do you see where we’re going with this?

What we’re trying to say is that each type of thread material has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to choose the right one for your project.

So, there you have it — we’ve neared the end of our time together on this page… so we’d like to say a few more words before we say goodbye to you.


To wrap up our conversation, we want to leave you with a final piece of advice.

And it’s this: don’t overthink yourself when choosing the embroidery thread.

Honestly, sometimes it’s better to just go for any thread, try it out, and form an opinion about it (even if it’s not the perfect one) than it is to read about it all day.

But… If you’re still not sure which thread to choose and you don’t want to spend money on the wrong one, we’ve got you covered!

With our complete package, you’ll get the best threads and a commercial embroidery machine to start your embroidery journey with confidence. 

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Thank you for reading, and happy embroidering!

For one-on-one help simply call 800-891-1094 or live chat with one of our pros!