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Embroidery Thread

Identification

Most manufacturers of embroidery machines and publishers of needlecraft books such as DMC are marketing their own collection of threads. A specific thread may be uniquely identified by a colour-ID, or a colour name, both of which are manufacturer specific.

Thread Conversion

There is no fundamental difference between hand embroidery thread, machine embroidery thread, or any other sewing thread for that matter.

If you want to use threads of different manuafacturers, or find a thead that matches a specific colour, you should consider the basic thread parameters and use thread conversion.

Threads in Embroidery Files

Proprietary embroidery file formats such as Brothers PES implicitly refer to the manufacturers's thread palettes. Therefor every embroidery file conversion software must also be able to do thread conversion.

Thread Standardization

Home embroiderers are sometimes intimidated by thread conversion, thinking it to be some kind of magical science of its own. The only way to get out of thread hell is to standardize the relevant thread parameters, such as thread color, thickness, etc. The BLF is currently working on an open standard known as YarnML.

wiki/embroidery_thread.txt · Last modified: 2009/05/22 10:27 by magisterludi
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