Basic Thread Types
There are two main thread types used for embroidery. They are rayon and polyester. Each type of thread has it’s advantages and is selected based on the logo or design and type of fabric to be sewn.
Rayon thread is shiny and smooth. It has a soft finish and is best for more delicate or high end clothing including corporate apparel, polos, and garments intended for retail sale.
Polyester thread is the more of a utilitarian thread and is used more often in uniforms for sports teams or industrial industries. It has a more matte appearance and is durable and strong. Polyester thread is also known for it’s ability to withstand bleaching, detergent, and hot water.
Choosing Thread Colors-
Most designers and graphic artists refer to Pantone colors when assigning specific colors in logos and art files. However, not all Pantone colors are available in threads. Chances are there is a thread color that will make a close match to the Pantone color that has been called out.
Thread manufacturers provide thread books that have a quick reference chart for Pantone conversion if you have specific Pantones selected. You can always consult with your decorator and even stop in to view the book and select from the thread colors that are available. There are even specialty thread options you may not know about, such as rainbow, reflective, neon, and glow-in-the-dark.