May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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58 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 Thread All About It! Do you spend too much time trying to determine the right thread for the job? Printwear turned to Olivia Dean (Madeira), Ruth Miller (Hirsch Solutions Inc), and Laura Gomez (Ricoma) for the 411 on all things rayon, polyester, and special- ty threads. Use this cheat sheet for a list of pros, cons, and best uses. Left: Rayon thread looks great on canvas. (Image courtesy Hirsch Solutions Inc) Right: Rayon thread works well with a variety of fabrics. (Image cour- tesy Stephanie Wass) Rayon PROS Lustrous, natural sheen Extremely soft, flexible, and versatile Increased clarity of fine details Natural fiber/eco-friendly High tensile strength Won't cause looping Protects needles and cutters from rapid wear and tear Available in multiple weights (fine 60 to heavy 12) Smooth texture No residue Designed to run at high speeds Good for heat cutting Requires less tension BEST USES General-purpose embroidery thread High-end garments Performance wear Tightly-woven fabrics Satin and nylon fabrics Heavy fabrics Delicate fabrics Knitted fabrics Detailed designs Fashion wear that will not undergo harsh laundering CONS Not chlorine bleach resistant Possible dye release on washing Higher price point More prone to breakage if not high quality YOUR ULTIMATE EMBROIDERY THREAD CHART Rayon thread offers clarity in fine details. (Design by Anali Ex- quisite Needlework, image courtesy Madei- ra USA) Inset: Rayon thread gives a lustrous sheen. (Image courte- sy Brad Phillips)

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