Tend to be much finer than the machine threads which makes it easier to combine colours
for special effects, as on the Strelitzia or for Tassels on the Fans.
Mettler™ Metallics have a somewhat limited colour range but are smooth and relatively
knot free. We carry these in our range of Supplies - 100 metres on a Reel or 10 metres
on a Carded Bobbin. Also available by the Reel from some Bernina shops.
Gutermann's™ Metallic range is quite spectacular, but more costly to add to your
stash than the Mettler range purely because they have twice the amount on a reel,
so cost twice the price.
Mettler™ machine embroidery poly threads (which we refer to as "Silkies"), come in
a wide range of colours, 200 metres on a Reel or 20 metres on a Carded Bobbin. We
use these almost exclusively.
Gutermann™ has an excellent range of colours - 200 metres
on a reel. Available from good fabric shops and haberdashers.
Madeira™ The new
range of machine embroidery threads is slightly heavier than usual and just perfect
for stitching cards - a good colour choice but as there is 1000 metres on a reel,
a bit pricey! One of our Madeira favourites is Black/green Iridescent - 490 Used for
the Peacock (quite hard to find)
WonderFil™ and Alcazar™rayon threads have a lovely silky finish and a good colour
range. Unfortunately few haberdashers in South Africa carry these products - if you
do find them, we can recommend them!