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TIPS and suggestions -

to help give you some good pointers on how to produce a great design....

Tips - from Marathon Threads Canada

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Guidelines for using Stabilizers

Choosing the right needles

Guidelines for using Metallic Threads

Patchwork piecing in the hoop

Making free standing lace

Creating beautiful cutwork

Creating applique blocks in the hoop

What products are best to use to applique stretch cut-out designs onto stretch lycra?

Storing and caring for your threads

Conversion charts available on request.


- Marathon Viscose Rayon  to Marathon Polyester

- Madeira to Marathon

- RA to Marathon

- Sulky to Marathon

- Isacord to Marathon

- Kingstar to Marathon

- Brother to Marathon

- Janome to Marathon






 Question 1 Have Marathon Threads been tested for harmful substances?

A: Yes. At the back of our colour chart you will find our Oeko-Tex Certification - Confidence in Textiles. To protect our clients, Marathon Viscose Rayon and Polyester Embroidery threads have undertaken stringent testing by the Swiss Testing Instititute to ensure that they contain no harmful substances.  Achieving Oeko-Tex Certification from the Swiss Textile Testing Institute (Oeko-Tex test No HKB 19820, Standard 100, Product Class 1) means that our Marathon Viscose Rayon and Polyester threads are suitable for use in the manufacture of articles for babies. This is why we claim that you can have Confidence in our Textiles and quality you can rely on.

Question 2:  Are Marathon threads colourfast?

: Polyester threads are extremely colourfast no matter what detergents you use (refer to Q3). As for Viscose Rayon Threads, as long as garments are washed using a mild detergent containing no additives, Marathon threads will remain colourfast for the life of the garment. Many people prefer to use Viscose Rayons as rayon threads come in a rich variety of colours (397 colours) and especially because of their velvet-like silky lustre. Please refer to the washing instruction listed in the colour chart.

Question 3:  Which thread should I choose if garments are to be exposed to industrial laundering?

: You will need to use Polyester threads when the embroidered garments are to be washed in chlorine bleach or exposed to harsh industrial laundering (eg hospital uniforms, military uniforms etc)

Question 4:  Are Marathon Viscose Rayon threads colourfast when exposed to perspiration and rubbing?

: Marathon Viscose Rayon threads have been tested by the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd (trading as AWTA Textile Testing). The test was on Viscose Rayon Threads (Red #1050 and Navy Blue #1070).  We have achieved 4 - 5 grade - the highest among other brands in the market.  Here is the report1 and report2.