A Stitcher's Supply Guide: Thread
I'm just going to come right out and say it--I love DMC threads. Why do I love them? Let me count the ways....Since embroidery is my business, I really need threads that are reliable, accessible, functional, quality, and that give me the variety I'm looking for. DMC threads meets my needs in every single one of these areas. Let me elaborate...
As a full-time, stay-at-home mother and a maker, I just do not have very much free time to spare. I often give myself a huge pat on the back if I am able to parent successfully, cook a meal, take care of my basic hygiene needs, walk the dog, tidy something in our house, AND find time to work all in one day. It's just a lot to do in my waking hours. So if I do find the time to sit down and get some work done, I need my thread to work for me.
I don't have the time to deal with things like breaking or (gasp!) bleeding. Is bleeding your worst embroidery nightmare? It's definitely one of mine. I can honestly say, I've only ever had one extremely minor bleeding problem with DMC thread in all of my time stitching. Back when I first started stitching and I was using a water-soluble fabric pen, I ended up totally drenching a piece that had what I refer to as "toxic strawberry" colored-thread on white fabric. It was one of those colors that looks like it could bleed if you sneezed on it, you know the ones, they are red or pink and just too bright for their own good. Anyway, after I drenched the piece to remove the ink, I had the teensy-tiniest bit of bleeding around the parts with that color. I was able to stitch over it and salvage the piece and have literally never had a problem since.
Since we're on the subject of time, I also don't have time to wait for my tools (in this case thread) to arrive in the mail. If I'm finishing up a piece and run out of thread #935 I need to be able to get my hands on some STAT, so as not to waste precious working hours. Since pretty much all of the major, and some of the smaller, independent, craft stores carry DMC threads, I don't have to live in fear that I'll be late to finish something because I ran out of the thread I was using. My husband knows he's on call to run to Joann's at 8:47pm and rescue me when I need it. ;)
The thing I love the most about DMC is their enormous color selection. I'm sure most of you know by now, I'm a sucker for colors. I can ALWAYS find the exact color I'm looking for when I'm deciding on threads for a new piece. The color selection DMC offers really encompasses all of the gorgeous tertiary colors I love to use, while providing tons of soft neutrals, and even obnoxious "Mario Cart" colors that I never use. There are colors for everyone's taste, which is exactly as it should be. The wide range of blues and greens are especially wonderful, especially when I use multiple shades of the same color in one piece; I can always find greens that compliment each other.
I was recently able to get my hands on one of these amazing DMC color guides and I have to say, it has been a game changer. I don't have time to wind and label my thread and sometimes the number label slides off the skein I'm working with. It used to cause me all sorts of problems when that happened, especially when creating a pattern because I need to tell you all what colors I'm using. However, now I can just hold the bit of thread I have up to the different swatches until I find its match and voila! Problem solved. I find this guide to be extra handy because the swatches are actual thread, not photos of thread, and they are arranged in color groups, which is different (way better) than how they are arranged in stores. If you're serious about stitching and you come across one of these guides, I highly recommend snapping it up.
As if all of these reasons weren't enough to love DMC, here's one more: they go out of their way to work with and encourage stitchers and they help to foster a positive online community with thread and craft at the center. I've witnessed DMC (and Wool and the Gang, the side of the company in charge of yarn) reach out to stitchers for collaboration countless times. They go out of their way to highlight and share the work that we are doing. Do these things help grow their business? Yes, of course, but they help grow the stitching community too. Since I love the stitching community, that's pretty meaningful to me.