Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread is best when you want to embroider or sew something that will happen in the dark! For example, Halloween costumes, party costumes, pajamas, Christmas ornaments, sportswear, and even nighttime workwear.
You can use glow-in-the-dark thread when embroidering decorative or quilts with an embroidery machine. Or, you can load it into your embroidery machine to create a fun, shiny design!
If you want to sew a sewing or embroidery project that makes neon shine and fluoresce, here is more information about this exciting type of thread. I will also cover how to use glue in the dark thread, which can be more sewing than regular thread!
What is glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread?
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread is a polyester yarn treated with a glossy gloss that absorbs light and stays shiny for many hours after charging.
Why would you want to use the glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread?
Well, that’s fun! I mean, who doesn’t like to embroider things with glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread? It all looks like it came straight from the screen of your favorite video game. Also, it’s fun to shine in deep designs, especially for kids (and older kids) like T-shirts and sweatshirts. It’s also great if you want to have some kind of light effect on your outfit or use it as an accent color for decoration. And – although it may not be the best idea to make a whole outfit or wall out of fabric – there are some interesting home decorating ideas here the glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread can be the center of attention.
How does glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread work?
When exposed to natural or artificial light, the chemicals glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread “store” the energy of that light and then emit it when the light is dim.
To get the most out of the phosphorescence, first, activate the thread by placing it in sunlight or in a well-lit room.
For most thread brands, the brightness intensity depends on the type and length of light exposure. Therefore, artificial light produces a longer-lasting and brighter glow in sunlight than in less time.
Once the lights have dimmed, the thread lasts 10-15 minutes or more, depending on the brand. The intensity of the emitted light decreases over the next several hours until the thread is recharged by the light.
If you have dark light, however, you can create a brighter, more consistent glow!
What colors do glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread actually glow?
One of the saddest things about these threads is that when they turn off the light despite the difference in the color of their daylight, they all have the same green, bright colors.
In fact, my white, and yellow threads are the brightest, and the threads that contain the color are almost not as bright.
Because of the creative photography I had to do to get the picture above, they look very similar in intensity and slightly different in color. Not really.
What you need to know about the Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery thread
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread actually works!
Yeah, sure! In the dark thread, whatever you sew with glitter will shine. It’s a lot of fun. It lends itself to sewing Halloween costumes and other costumes for children as they run around in the dark. You can add a shiny name to a Halloween trick-or-treat bag. You might also want to think about how you can combine the glitter in the black stitching on the clothing elements to add some pizzas (and some extra visibility) at night. There are lots of cute in-the-hoop masks, sticks, and bracelets that will look great sewn in a dark thread with some glitter.
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread is also perfect for seasonal Halloween decorations. You can sew beautiful Halloween designs on some hard felt, frame them and hang it in a dark corner of your house. The festival is fun and bright in another dark place.
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread must be charged
With any of these projects, though, it is important to “charge” the thread by placing the embroidered object in the light. Don’t expect to shine better if the item is kept in the dark.
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread comes in many different colors
It was a revelation to me because I was under the impression that the glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread was only available in Neon Green. But guess what? A range of colors is available. While for all of them there is a neon glow, you can get a glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread in blue, and pink. Lavender, yellow, white, neon green, and other possible colors.
Shop around before investing in glitter in the black embroidered thread. I just paid $ 8 for a small spool of glitter in a black thread at my local sewing shop. Next time I’ll order a lot online, maybe from Amazon.
The best brand of the glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread
Some brands and various sites where you can buy glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread include:
- Amazon – This set of five different colored machine embroidery threads is great and gets great reviews. Even professional embroidery experts recommend it.
- RedRock Threads – puts the Wonderful brand in many colors.
- Metro thread – There are five different colors of Glide glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread in large spools.
- All stitching – dark thread also has five different colors of glow, but the brand is Luminary.
- Sweet n Sassy Blanks also has the same Luminary brand.
- Superior threads have the largest selection of glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread.
- Joann’s coat and Clark have embroidery thread but I would not recommend it. Keep reading to find out why.
Tips For Make A Glow-In-The-Dark Embroidery Thread
If you support the use of metal embroidery threads, you can treat glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread in the same way.
Although you may be able to run them through your machine without any problems and without any adjustments, if you have problems, here are some tips to help!
Consider a Thread Stand
If you are having trouble using a horizontal spool holder, try standing the thread vertically on a thread stand for better feeding.
Use Thread Net
If you are standing your thread vertically for feeding, the slippery thread tends to fall and fall under it as soon as it comes under it.
If it gets rooted and gets stuck in the base, the thread spreads, cuts, and breaks. Not Good!
To prevent this from happening, wrap a simple thread around the shiny thread to get a more uniform diet and prevent problems.
Best Needle for Glow-in-the-Dark Embroidery Thread
If you are using a 30wt thread or you are having trouble cutting the thread, go for an eye needle larger than an embroidery needle.
Depending on the fabric I am embroidering on, I want to use top sewing needles in size 80/12 or 90/14.
Designed for ideal Luminescence
Just remember, the more stitches there are in any part of your fabric, the brighter it will be.
If you want more shiny features in the dark, use a thick satin stitch border for a dense full stitched design or applique. In contrast, lightweight stitching does not shine in the dark.
Compare the weight of the thread with the design specs
Most embroidery designs are digitized with thin 40wt thread in mind. If you are using a thick, 30wt glue in the dark thread, you may need to modify your design if you want to show small details.
Reduce embroidering speed
If you experience thread breakage, breakage, or your needle being non-threaded, reduce the sewing speed on your embroidery machine.
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread can also benefit from a reduction in upper tension. Releasing the tension discs allows the thread to pass more easily without being caught.
Always check this before you start messing with your machine settings, though!
I hope these tips for using shiny embroidery thread in the dark have pumped you up to start sewing new neon, fluorescent projects! Happy embroidery!
40 wt./3-ply glue in the dark polyester thread. Designed for embroidery, quilts, and decorative sewing. Nightlight is a fun, creative thread for quilts, embroidery, and decorative sewing. It is famous for its children’s pillows, blankets, quilts, and pajamas. Available in 6 colors.
Direct sunlight is the best choice, just a few seconds are enough to charge brightly. However, it is difficult to stop! You will have to move quickly to a dark room to see the glow, and it may take some time for your eyes to adjust.
About 15 minutes
Glow-in-the-dark embroidery thread will glow for about 15 minutes after exposure to light, and if in the backlight (you can find black light bulbs at hardware stores). To reactivate, expose them to light again.
DMC Light Effects Glow in the Dark Thread is a brand new thread that illuminates the night! When exposed to light, this white thread glows delicately in the dark.
DMC Light Effects Thread # E940
Product Description. This is a new scan of the DMC Light Effects thread # E940 – shining in the dark. The fur is 8.7 yards (7.96 m) of 6-strand thread. DMC’s Light Effects line is a shiny collection of special threads that will add light and reflective features to any needlework or craft project.