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Every embroiderer knows that favorite thread brands and types vary from one machine to another, one stitcher to another. You may have your favorites already; if you haven’t found a tried and true thread brand yet, I’ll tell you what has worked for me, and maybe it will work for you, too!
When I began embroidering, I purchased the thread that my dealer recommended, which is Isacord. In my experience over five years, they did not steer me wrong! I love Isacord. Very few breaks, lovely quality, and a beautiful array of colors from which to choose.
If you’re just starting out and wanting to try a good quality thread, you may want to invest in a small variety pack like this one. You get all of your basic colors that you need to get started! In my experience, the average price for a small spool (1000m) of this brand is $6.
I still purchase small spools at my local store; for larger cones that I use often, I buy them from a store I found on eBay. They ship very fast!
I’ve also had great experiences with Exquisite brand thread. It is about half the price of Isacord at my local shop; if I have a super bargain shopping customer who is asking for something specific, I can grab a spool of Exquisite thread for a few bucks and not feel bad if I don’t use it again for a long time. They also produce my favorite line of variegated threads, called Medley. Have you ever used a variegated thread? Go grab one! I just love watching the way the colors stitch out differently for every project! To the left, a monogram frame using variegated thread for the pumpkins. I love the textured look! Or use variegated thread for a satin stitch, to give an awesome striped look with no fuss, like I did on my son’s helicopter shirt below.