A Pocket Guide to Embroidery Threads

Custom Embroidery

Embroidery is a craft that has been around for literally thousands of years. It is a sewing craft that is done to decorate fabric with intricate stitching by hand or by machine.

If you were thinking about getting a favorite shirt spruced up with custom embroidery in Las Vegas, you should know about the different types of embroidery threads you can choose from.

Embroidery Floss

This type of embroidery thread is made up of six individual strands of thread that are intertwined tightly. The result is strong and usually shiny. The most common type of embroidery floss is cotton. However, for a design that is more fancy, you can choose embroidery floss that is made of silk or rayon. This type of thread is usually used for projects that involve cross-stitches. If necessary, the floss can be divided into its individual strands.

If you are looking for a design where the end result isn’t shiny, then you want to choose matte embroidery floss. Instead of the six strands that make up traditional embroidery floss, matte embroidery floss is made up of only five strands of thread. Also, because it is not shiny, it has been aptly called embroidery cotton in many circles.

Perle Cotton

This is a type of thread that cannot be separated into individual strands like embroidery floss. Because of its high sheen, it can also be addressed as pearl cotton. You can choose this thread based on color and weight. The weight of the thread refers to the thickness of the thread. You can choose a pearl thread with the weight 3, 5, 8, 12 and 16, with 16 being the lightest of them all.


There are three primary types of yarn that can be chosen. Yarns are made of natural or synthetic wool so they are thick and used to embroider heavier fabrics like fleece.

Crewel yarn is the first and is made of two threads that are intertwined. Persian yarn is made of three strands of thread that are intertwined loosely. This is the kind of yarn that is most often used in needlepoint projects.

Machine Embroidery Thread

This is probably the type of thread you will end up choosing from when you take anything into an embroidery store in Las Vegas. It is usually made of synthetic material like rayon or polyester. You can choose from an almost infinite amount of colors. There are even metallic options available to give your custom embroidery a special touch.

Once you know what kind of thread you might want, it’s time to head in for the best custom embroidery offered in this city. The pros at American Stitch can help you choose the type of embroidery thread for your project at an affordable price.. For more information about this embroidery store, call  702.233.8567.

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