Threads and Consumables

MADEIRA answers your questions regarding thread choice and various solutions to guarantee optimum production.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When to use rayon/viscose and when to use polyester thread?

MADEIRA CLASSIC VISCOSE RAYON:

ORIGIN: Natural fibre from trees
APPEARANCE: Very brilliant; Smooth soft sheen; Natural living silk
TOUCH: Soft
MARKET SEGMENT: Fashion/Sports led & orientated
STRENGTH: High tensile strength, with high wet strength compared to cheaper viscose
EMBROIDERING: Easy, very flexible thread, precise, clear embroidery
MACHINE SPEEDS: High speeds
THREAD BREAKS: Minimum
RESIDUE: Very little – clean thread
AUTOMATIC THREAD TRIMMERS: No problems
BACKGROUND FABRICS: All possible
HEAT CUTTING (EG FOR BADGES/APPLIQUÉS): No problem
QUALITY: Highest Quality – to International ISO, DIN & M&S standards
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Oeko-tex Class I Certification
RANGE: 413 Colours, including 58 ombré & multicolours and 5 different black colours
THICKNESSES AVAILABLE: 30, 40 (standard) & 60
PRICE: Slightly more expensive than Polyneon, but minimal increase on cost per 1000 stitches; Runs fast on machines so production time reduced
AVAILABILITY: Worldwide
FLAMMABILITY: Slow & even
WASHING: 95°C; Standard detergent wash
MULTI-WASHING: In general, no problem – durability of Madeira’s high tensile viscose is better than cotton or wool
IRONING: Iron @ •• 210°C



MADEIRA POLYNEON POLYESTER :

ORIGIN: Manmade fibre from oil
APPEARANCE: Brilliant; More artificial sheen
TOUCH: Harder
MARKET SEGMENT: Promotion & Badge orientated
STRENGTH: High strength – too strong for some applications
EMBROIDERING: More difficult until tension adjusted; Clarity not guaranteed on fine detail
MACHINE SPEEDS: High speeds but see below
THREAD BREAKS: Sometimes more
RESIDUE: Some, as dyestuffs sit on, not in, the fibre
AUTOMATIC THREAD TRIMMERS: Do not always work, causing more downtime & difficult to snap by hand
BACKGROUND FABRICS: Not for very fine or dense fabrics
HEAT CUTTING (EG FOR BADGES/APPLIQUÉS): Not recommended, as polyester melts at 200°C
QUALITY: Highest Quality – to International ISO, DIN & M&S standards
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Oeko-tex Class I Certification
RANGE: 359 Colours, including 10 Astro colours
THICKNESSES AVAILABLE: 40 (standard)
PRICE: Slightly lower priced – possible future changes due to world oil situation; Stock value increase implications as viscose predominantly used/stocked
AVAILABILITY: Worldwide
FLAMMABILITY: Fast melt & “explosive”
WASHING: 95°C, Heavy duty detergent/bleach washing, chlorine & stonewashing*
MULTI-WASHING: No problem
IRONING: Iron @ •• 140°C

What are the properties of Classic?

MADEIRA Classic is 100% viscose filament. It is available in three thicknesses: 40's, 30's and 60's.

Classic 40 is the classic of all embroidery threads and it has a wonderful sheen.

Classic 30 is thicker than Classic 40 and is ideal to reduce embroidery stitch counts and produce striking special effects.

Classic 60 is the finest Viscose Rayon thread available and is beautiful when used for monogramming, delicate and fine details.