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From: kamckiou
Date: 01-29-2007, 06:57 PM (1 of 6)
I'm ready to stock up on thread and I was going to buy polyester. Is there a big difference embroidering with rayon versus polyester? Would like to hear your thoughts.

User: kamckiou
Member since: 12-27-2006
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From: esrun3
Date: 01-29-2007, 08:20 PM (2 of 6)
Going to tag along on this one Kim as I just bought a new Janome 350e- still on lay-a-way but it's calling my name! LOL
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From: lendube
Date: 01-29-2007, 09:02 PM (3 of 6)
IMHO polyester is stronger and much more durable. Rayon is gorgeous and has a sheen that can't be beat but when I tried it I had many, many problems with the thread breaking and got very frustrated.

I vote for polyester. I like the Madeira Poly's myself.

good luck and have fun, Lennie:bg:
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-29-2007, 09:06 PM (4 of 6)
dh bought me two sets of the Isacord polyester as a Christmas gift and I love it. I haven't had one thread snarl or anything since I've been embroidering with the Isacord thread. I also went to Bernina and bought a huge cone of the OESD bobbin thread.

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From: paroper
Date: 01-29-2007, 09:12 PM (5 of 6)
Rayon has a looser twist than Poly and has a different look. Rayon is known for its shine and beauty, something that the poly has been closing in on. Rayon is affected by sunlight and bleach and multiple washings. It is also much more likly to break.

Poly has a tighter twist so it looks a little more finished when stitched out and is less likely to break or fray when used. Most poly threads now rival rayon in shine.

In Europe and a lot of US commercial applications in the US, Rayon is used more often than poly. In the US companies use both. I imagine that the reason it is used so much in Europe has to do with the price of oil as poly is an oil product. In the US poly can be slightly lower in price than rayon.

I recently bought a full color palate (356) 1100 yard spools of rayon Madera. Many of the designs I use call for their colors and I have a hard time making the color conversions because they are just a little different in the Isacord brand poly that I normally use. I like th looks of the rayon and it is different when stitched out. However, I intend to use the poly on items which will be worn and/or washed a lot.

I seldom have breaks or fraying in the Isacord poly that I regularly use.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: kamckiou
Date: 01-29-2007, 10:22 PM (6 of 6)
Thanks for the input. I think I'll go ahead and order the poly. I have 2 spools of rayon that I bought at the Viking store that I can try. I'm planning on going with Robison-Anton thread. Hope that's OK! I want to stock up before I really get my projects rolling. I think my Viking D1 is ready to go - have to make room for it and all the goodies you need to embroider in my sewing room.

User: kamckiou
Member since: 12-27-2006
Total posts: 5
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