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When we think of hand embroidery, we can only envision a certain form of art through which a wide variety of garments and other textiles are used and personalized for a wide range of purposes. Many years ago, this art was handcrafted. Mostly women were engaged in this ancient traditional work of art that they had learned from an early age. After a while they began to use a simple sewing machine for embroidery
and the movement of the embroidery was done by hand. Everything occurred by following the drawings shown on the material.
The technique has progressed in the meantime, bringing computerized embroidery
out into the open. Innovative techniques now make embroidery the most appreciated method of personalizing and embellishing textile products. Embroidery is valuable, and by having a great visual impact, it brings a great light and glow to all these products. This happens especially when we use good quality embroidery threads.
However, the most important thing is that embroidery has a very long life. It does not deteriorate over time due to repeated washing or other external factors.
What Specific Embroidery Supplies Should We Use?
It is very important to know what specific products are needed for embroidering and in what way they should be used to achieve quality and efficient work. First, we need embroidery yarn
that is of several kinds: Viscose, Polyester, Metal, Cotton, Acrylic, and Suitcase. Depending on the embroidery material and the desired embroidery design
, the type of thread required is selected.
For example, for embroidery that comes in direct contact with the skin (baby clothes), luxury embroidery (evening gowns, bridal gowns) and other embroidery made on very thin fabrics we will choose the viscose. Why? Because this is finer, shinier and gives a particular aspect of embroidery. However, you should know that it does not resist bleaching (chlorine). Why? Because the natural thread is produced in one color and then painted in a wide variety of shades, including gradient or multicolor techniques.
For outdoor textiles (jackets, trousers, caps, protective equipment), polyester yarn is generally used, which is also resistant to discoloration or other stain removal solutions. Why? Because the synthetic thread is produced directly in the final color without being painted afterward. The metallic thread is used especially for the embroidery of church textiles
(priestly vestments, icons, banners) but not only for them.
For embroidery that features a matte aspect or combined with other decorative applications, the use of cotton embroidery threads is recommended.This is because these require the use of materials that feature the appropriate thicknesses. The special acrylic thread (100%) is also thicker and is used for embroidery worked on knitwear and thick fabrics, resulting in a look that is similar to hand embroidery. In this case, the thickness of the embroidery needles must also be adjusted.
The Embroidery Thread, and Its Uses
The embroidery thread is available in cones of various sizes, usually 1000 m, 2000 m or 5000 m. It also features several different thread thicknesses – 60/40/30/12. The number decreases as the thread thickness increases, depending on the category and the firm that produces it. You will find varied prices required by manufacturers, but our recommendation is to choose the best quality, even if it is more expensive.
After all, the cost of the thread is an insignificant part of the cost of embroidery. If you use bad quality
Embroidery threads, these always break or get deteriorated, causing you to repeatedly turn off any computerized machines used for production. This can occur even in the case of automatic needle punching. This can finally lead to a dramatic decrease in productivity.
The Insertion and Its Value
The material that makes the embroidery special and personalized is the Insertion or the reinforcement as it is called. This is similar in appearance to a more porous paper and placed under the embroidery material. Then, it is attached to it in the embroidery frame. This is found in various thickness variations, the most common ones being 20/40/50/80 g / m2.
The thickness and the color of the insertion are adapted to the type of material which we choose to embroider. The solidarization of the material insertion can be done in two ways: either by sticking with a temporary embossing adhesive for embroidery
or by ironing, if we use IBN with thermos-adhesive layers. The two procedures are similar in terms of costs and productivity, but in the case of using the spray, it is good to have a special preparation of embroidered materials in the immediate vicinity of the embroidery machine
These are just a few of the materials, accessories, and secrets of good quality embroidery that you can rely on these days. Never compromise on quality when it comes to choosing the best embroidery supplies
and you will achieve spectacular results in the production stage.