100% quality for professional machine embroideries

Rayon threads, manufactured from viscose filaments, are renowned mainly for their silk-like appearance and their soft sheen in the light. Viscose owes its name to its composition from a viscous organic solution usually produced from wood pulp. The quality of the raw materials and the processing technologies; determine that you, as an embroiderer, benefit from an efficient, highly productive thread and long-lasting brilliant colours.

In this section, you will discover when and why it is suitable to use Classic, MADEIRA's world-renowned rayon viscose thread with a long presence in the embroidery market and listed in all major digitising software.

The benefits of embroidering with rayon viscose threads

Get to know what to expect during and after production and in the appearance of your designs

The rayon made from viscose has a similar structure to cotton and therefore offers feel and texture resembling those of natural fibres. The threads are soft, smooth, skin-friendly and pleasant to touch. The embroidered elements are shown in brilliant, vivid colours with a beautiful luster. The flexibility and the high tensile strength wet and dry of Classic threads are allowing you to embroider anywhere on the garment, on different type of materials, in any direction and using diverse techniques.

During production, these threads create no looping issues. Manufacturing timings and costs are reduced due to an amazingly low thread break risk (in average, 400.000 stitches without any thread brake). Also, it can run at high speeds, such as 1.200 stitches per minute. In a long term, the high colours and light fastness preserves the embroidery, while the washability up to 95°C allows a flexible cleaning.

MADEIRA CLASSIC viscose soft threads offer

An extensive choice of colours and thicknesses

MADEIRA's Classic range of threads offers you outstanding productivity capabilities, softness, colour richness and brilliance.

You can choose from 4 thicknesses that were developed to help obtain the best results and performance for any application. 

The standard weight for all purposes - CLASSIC 40

[Translate to Hongkong (Englisch):] green viscose thread weight 40

Over 422 shades, from single to ombré and multicolour. This thread has a high-tensile strength and a truly unique softness and brilliance.

Art. No. 910 / 911
5.000m / 1.000m
dtex 135x2 / den 120x2
65/9 - 75/11

Fine thread for clear details, down to 3 mm - CLASSIC 60

[Translate to Hongkong (Englisch):] grey viscose thread weight 60

This version of viscose rayon thread is useful in monogramming, logos, contours and also for fine fabrics. In the range, 85 colours are available.

Art. No. 916 / 915
5.000m / 1.500m
dtex 84x2 / den 75x2
60/8 - 65/9

Thicker thread for quick filling and decorative seams - CLASSIC 30

[Translate to Hongkong (Englisch):] purple embroidery thread weight 30

A bit thicker than the standard 40, this thread saves production time and stitches. Especially recommended for large designs, children's garments, emphasising details and on heavier fabrics like toweling and upholstery. Available in 178 colours.

Art. No. 921 / 914
3.000m / 25g
dtex 200x2 / den 180x2

The thickest thread for overlocking, edging garments and badges - CLASSIC 12

[Translate to Hongkong (Englisch):] blue viscose embroidery thread weight 12

The heaviest thread weight in the range, almost three times thicker than Classic 40, it reduces significantly the stitch count on larger designs. 57 single colours are available.

Art. No. 920
dtex 330x2 / den 300x2

When is it recommended to use rayon viscose upper threads?

When choosing the materials needed for a project you need to consider multiple factors. Special attention must be given also to how these materials fit together for making possible a certain desired look and product life. Further you find out when you should consider using rayon viscose top threads.

Whenever a natural, high-quality look is desired

The embroideries realised with rayon viscose threads have depth, a subtle sheen and seem realistic. Eye-catching shading effects can also be obtained.

For any kind of application

These all-purpose threads can be used for a variety of fashion items, interior design, active wear, shoes, traditional clothes and in many other fields.

For easy punching and maximum freedom

Rayon threads are a classic in embroidery and allow convenient digitising of any design. The rich range of colours and thicknesses and the versatility of the thread allow you to perform precise industrial embroideries and offer a high degree of flexibility. Furthermore, you can embroider on any fabric, including fine and delicate ones.

For optimising production time and costs

Due to their flexibility and softness, our high-quality rayon threads work on high-speed embroidery machines with no risk of looping. They permit the use of heat cutting (e.g. for badges, applique) or automatic trimmers. Additionally, they are usable on multiple-head and on Schiffli machines

For long-lasting designs that don't require bleaching

While the embroideries are easy to clean and their colours remain vivid after multiple washings, one area needs awareness: because cellulose-based materials are used in the production of rayon threads, bleaching has a destructive effect on them.

Have a special request?

We are dyeing rayon viscose threads in MADEIRA's factories which are ISO 9001-2008 certified. Sustainable technologies, strict quality control and colours consistency are assured.

Also, we dye custom colours to order, based on the specific needs of your project. If you have such a request, please contact our customer service for information about the minimum quantities and delivery terms.

Rayon Viscose thread assortments

The assortments give you the possibility to have your own complete collection of mini cones, so that you are flexible, quick and always resourceful in your choices. Additionally, the different types of sets will provide you with a selection of threads and accessories for specific projects and requirements. Have a look and discover what suits you best.


Complete assortments

Two of the thicknesses of Classic rayon viscose machine embroidery threads are also available as assortments: all 387 single shades of the standard weight 40 in 3 stackable wood boxes with drawers; all 85 shades of the fine threads Classic 60 in an easy-to-transport plastic box.

Starter sets

There are three sets that have been developed for your sampling needs, but are also helpful for beginners to get started. Depending on the size (maxi, big or mini), the sets include some of these products: a selection of threads, shadecard, bobbins, needles, bobbin threads.

Colour family sets

These colour family sets provide a wide range of shades that will help you and your customers to make decisions easily, safely and quickly. You can choose the nuances of the colours you use the most, or create your complete collection with the 10-colour family sets and 1 multicolour version.

Find your thread assortment

Interested in MADEIRA sampling tools, assortments or sets? Here you can find an overview of all the versions available.

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