The threads that withstand harsh treatments

Polyester threads are preferred for embroidery, especially when a high colour-fastness that can withstand chlorine is required. These durable threads have outstanding mechanical and chemical resistance. A good quality thread will also run smoothly at high speeds on various embroidery machines without looping.

In this section you will learn when polyester threads are the right choice for your project and more about Polyneon, Madeira's 100% polyester filament thread, which is listed in all major digitising programs and available worldwide.

The benefits of embroidering with polyester filament threads

In the textile industry, polyester is a popular man-made fibre and is commonly used for producing threads, as well as fabrics. It is chosen for being resistant to sun light, abrasion and many other chemicals, as well as being strong, easy to wash and dry, and economical. 

Polyester threads are particularly suitable for colourful fabrics, outdoor items, sportswear, swimwear, children's wear, workwear and any other items that must be frequently cleaned or exposed to movements, staining risks, damp environments or extreme weather conditions. 

The Polyneon range contains polyester filament machine embroidery threads made from single long fibres that offer a superior shine, smoothness, strength and high tenacity. 

Intense and durable colours in various weights

Madeira's Polyneon range of threads allows you to produce heavy-duty, brilliant and soft embroideries while performing efficiently on the machine. You can choose from 3 thicknesses, each of them developed to facilitate the best results for different types of materials and to best highlight parts of your design.


Polyneon resistant polyester filament threads offer

The standard weight for all purposes - Polyneon 40

blue recycled polyester thread weight 40 - cone details

These universal threads are the best choice for exceptionally durable standard embroideries. Available in a selection of 389 single shades, 20 multicolours and 24 fluorescent shades with a superior, long-lasting sheen.

dtex 135 x 2 / den 120 x 2
5000 m / 1000 m
60/8 - 75/11
Art. No. 918 / 919

Fine thread for details and small letters - Polyneon 60

black polyester thread weight 60

[Translate to Englisch IND:] Thin polyester threads for sharp letters or whenever small elements in a design need to be clearly seen. 143 single and 7 fluorescent shades are available in the standard range. As for the other weights, resistance to chlorine is assured.

dtex 84 x 2 / den 75 x 2
5000 m / 1500 m
60/8 - 65/9
Art. No. 926 / 924

Very fine thread for details down to 2mm, filigree, sequins - Polyneon 75

blue Polyester thread weight 75

[Translate to Englisch IND:] The finest threads in the Polyneon range allow the user to embroider details and extremely small letters with maximum precision, create intricate filigrees and fix sequins. You can choose from 87 brilliant single and 3 fluorescent shades.

dtex 55 x 2 / den 50 x 2
10000 m / 2500 m
Art. No. 935 / 936

Discover now Polyneon Green - our new recycled polyester thread in genuine Polyneon quality

It is sustainably produced from rPET bottles and creates robust and radiant embroideries. 

More about Polyneon Green             Buy our POLYNEON threads online!

When is it recommended to use polyester threads as top threads?

When choosing the best threads for a project, you need to consider the type of fabric, how the final product will be used, the design and embroidery techniques, the consistency of the colours and the supplier's certifications and reliability. Below you will discover when polyester threads are particularly suitable.


For heavy-duty laundering

Our polyester threads are so resistant that intensive washing, even using chemicals, generally does not affect them. The Polyneon threads are also resistant to denim washing, including stonewash.

For workwear and industrial textiles

If the textiles need to be resistant to intense mechanical stress, being exposed to frequent movements and harsh environments, then a polyester thread will offer the desired strength to your design without compromising its beauty.

For colourful designs in intense colours

The threads are produced in a large palette of shades, including in multicolour and neon. Therefore, they can match various colourful fabrics or create intense contrasts. Additionally, they won't bleed, preserving your embroidery and base material.

For synthetic fabrics

As polyester is an artificially produced thread, it will match best with fabrics of a similar composition and shine. Different thread thicknesses also allow you to make the right choices for each design element and various textures.

Have a special requirement?

Dye-to-order service


If you do not find your desired colour in our shade cards, please contact our customer service  for information about the minimum quantities and delivery terms of custom colours. For the specific needs of your project, we dye Polyneon threads to order.

Flame-retardant threads

We have developed and offer a whole range of products for embroidering on fire-resistant and flame-retardant items. Find out more about Polyneon FR and Fire Fighter threads and backings you need to use for guaranteed safety.

Polyneon Nr. 40 Black 2800

Superior heat-fastness for tunnel-dry finishing

The "migration" risk means that in certain environments the dye molecules could break free and affect the colour of the neighbouring fabric, creating a so-called "ghost print". This happens if drying is done at a higher temperature than that used in dyeing the threads.

For tunnel finishers and very high temperature dryers, a superior resistance is required. We offer this solution in Polyneon 40 for the black colour number 2800

Polyester thread assortments

You can test different shades and develop prototypes by ordering your own selection of sets. The small cones are a practical and economical solution. Additionally, some assortments contain accessories and shade cards so you can have all the necessary tools at hand.

Here you can find an overview of the whole Madeira sampling tools range.

Full assortments

All thicknesses of Polyneon polyester machine embroidery threads are available as assortments: 413 single colours of the standard weight 40 in 3 stackable wood boxes; 101 shades of the fine threads Polyneon 60 and 90 colours of the finest Polyneon 75 in compact plastic boxes.

Starter sets

We offer various versions of starter sets, from a mini version, including just threads, to big and maxi sizes, which also include shade cards, bobbins, matching needles or bobbin threads.

Colour family sets

A big choice of shades for 10 selected colours of Polyneon 40, so that you always have the right match for your designs and you can freely create the best effects. In addition, there is one version with 10 multicolours.

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