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Date: 8/1/12 7:43 PM

So my friend ended up not selling her Madeira thread chest and I'm still on the hunt for some rayon thread. With Christmas coming up, I have a bunch of projects I'd like to get started on and wanted to use some rayon thread for it.

I've searched the board, but don't see much on the rayon thread from ThreadArt.com. Has anyone used this and if so, what is your experience. They are having a sale right now and I can get all 160 spools for only 1.00 a spool, plus an extra 10% off.

Any info would be great!

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Date: 8/1/12 9:07 PM

I have used ThreadArt Rayon thread and had good results with it. I think you can order 20 cones of rayon for 19.99. Here is the link:
http://www.threadart.com/c-175-monthly-specials.aspx#Filter=[pagenum=2*ava=0]. They send a good assortment of colors.

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Date: 8/1/12 9:51 PM

I haven't used ThreadArt rayon embroidery thread, but I have used their polyester embroidery thread. In my experience, some of the spools of thread I got shredded and broke constantly.

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Date: 8/1/12 9:55 PM

I have the 120 spool assortment of rayon thread. I have only used a couple of the colors because I've been too busy to do much embroidery. The ones I used seemed to work fine with no breakage or shredding. I have had more problems with Sulky than with this brand regarding shredding. My preferred thread is RA but the price was too tempting. Sandi S uses this thread and I asked her opinion before ordering. I don't know if she has the poly or rayon but she has just finished doing lots of embroidery for her vacation. You might PM her for an opinion.

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Date: 8/1/12 10:29 PM

I've done a search on the web and it seems like it's split down the middle. Some hate it and some love it...but it seems the ones who hate it were from several years back, so maybe they've improved. I use Metro thread for polyester and love it. But I want something with a little bit more sheen for the Christmas projects...makes me wish Metro had a rayon line.

I can get 160 spools of 1000m rayon thread from ThreadArt.Com for only $130. That's less than a dollar per spool, so I'm thinking I could take the chance. They do have a return policy, so that's good.

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Date: 8/2/12 0:20 AM

Haven't tried it, but will be eager to hear what you think after you purchase!

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Date: 8/2/12 10:26 AM

I purhased 89 spools of ThreadArt poly thread for $89.00 several years ago. I use it for both garments and embroidery. I like it and I don' t think it shreds or breaks any more than the expensive brands. I live in Southern Baja and getting good thread is nearly impossible. They sometimes have guterman, but it appears to be old and it breaks a lot.
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Date: 8/2/12 1:11 PM

So I ended up ordering the entire rainbow of colors. Odd, because they sell the complete 160 rayon spool set for $199, but if you buy 20 or more spools individually, they are only 1.00 each and then you can get an additional 10% with the current coupon code. So my total was only 130 and some change. If the quality isn't what I expected, I can ship it all back for a refund, so that's nice.

I feel this isn't a bad deal for a whole set of rayon, even if I don't use all the colors. I'm pretty surprised at how many colors I have ended up using from Metro for my projects. I thought 166 spools was a ton, but I've used about more than half of those colors so far, so I do feel I'm getting my money's worth. I even had to order a few more spools....their shipping and customer service is great. One of the things I learned is not to sweat the color codes too much....I find it more fun matching and coordinating the colors on my own with my fabric, etc. I do use the color converter, but only as a starting point.

By the way, quick question - is rayon embroidery thread typically thicker than polyester? I bought a spool of sulky rayon thread when I first got my machine to test out and it feels a little thicker than the Metro polyester. I'm just wondering if Metro or Marathon or ThreadArt threads are just thinner than Sulky or Madeira.....

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Date: 8/3/12 1:26 PM

Rayon embroidery thread comes in both 30wt and 40wt. "Standard" poly embroidery thread is 40wt (ie Floriani, Brother, Isacord, etc.) so if you purchased a 30wt Sulky or Madeira instead of 40wt, it WILL be thicker. Check the label on the end of the spool, it should indicate 30 or 40.

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