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Whether you need a specific embroidery thread hue for your next project or just want to catalog color possibilities within your favorite thread brand, machine embroidery thread color charts can be beneficial.
Not to mention, if you run an embroidery business, color charts with thread samples are helpful to show clients desiring custom colors. Having them choose from a color chart is much easier than showing them your entire thread rack!
Thread color charts can be downloaded online and printed or purchased as a physical copy with thread swatches.
Thankfully, these color cards are easy to find for most major embroidery thread brands, and I found all the ones I could for this master list.
Thus, check out the embroidery thread color charts for most major manufacturers below!
Machine Embroidery Thread Color Charts
Printable color charts are more plentiful than physical charts, but looking at color charts on your device can give a false color representation. Not to mention, an uncalibrated printer can also miss hitting the perfect shade.
If you just want to put thread colors with names and numbers, then a printable color chart for embroidery thread is all you need.
However, if you need perfection with your embroidery thread color codes, you may be better off buying a chart with swatches from the manufacturer or your favorite embroidery store.
As such, where possible, I’ve listed where you can access a downloadable thread color chart to print, and then I’ve listed sources for purchasing physical copies.
And lastly, these charts are not to be confused with embroidery thread color conversion charts, which help convert one thread brand to the closest color in a different thread brand.
Aurifil Thread Color Chart
Aurifil’s website has pdf color charts from their cotton threads (including variegated thread) and the official RGB values for their embroidery thread colors. You can also purchase a physical chart with thread samples at Amazon.
While Aurifil doesn’t technically make machine embroidery thread, that doesn’t mean you can’t use their threads in your embroidery machine for specific projects.
Brother Embroidery Machine Thread Color Chart
The best Brother thread color chart for their Pacesetter, Country, Simplicity PRO, etc., threads I can find is their thread conversion chart for their most popular colors.
This is a bummer because I have the 100 pack of Brother Pacesetter embroidery threads that I love to use and would love a printable chart for.
Coats and Clark Embroidery Thread Color Chart
The Coats website features product info, a shade card, and an embroidery sample book in PDF for their Coats Sylko trilobal polyester machine embroidery thread.
DMC Embroidery Color Chart
While DMC is more known for its hand embroidery floss, they also make machine embroidery thread.
To browse DMC’s selection of dedicated machine embroidery threads, select each color on their page dedicated to machine embroidery threads.
Embroidex Color Charts
My Embroidex embroidery threads came with the above color card.
However, if you check out their Amazon listing for their 63 spool set, you can find the above larger range color chart in one of the additional photos.
Exquisite Thread Color Chart
Previously Poly-X40, Exquisite threads are produced by Designs in Machine Embroidery.
You can download dime’s Exquisite thread color conversion chart, which includes a printable thread color at the end.
If you prefer a physical copy with actual threads, Sew For Less carries this product.
Floriani Embroidery Thread Color Chart
RNK Distributing has a great-quality PDF Floriani Color Chart, which includes thread numbers, color names, RGB, and PMS (Pantone Matching System) values for their range of threads.
Another resource on the Floriani website is their thread card page, which has color charts for Floriani Flesh Tones, Metallic, and their Deluxe threads.
If your local dealer carries Floriani threads, you might be able to grab a physical copy there.
Glide Color Chart
You can download a digital Glide Color Card from the hab+dash website.
Or, you can purchase a physical chart from Metro Embroidery Supplies.
Gutermann Thread Color Chart
You can purchase a Gutermann Mara sewing thread chart from WAWAK, which contains 400 thread strands and printed visuals of thread colors. You can also download the Gutermann thread chart for their Mara thread.
The closest Gutermann thread color chart for their rayon and machine embroidery thread is from My Stitch World.
Iris Embroidery Thread Chart
This printable Iris Ultra Brite Polyester embroidery thread color chart provides color numbers, names, and Pantone matches.
Isacord Embroidery Color Cards
Embroidery Online has a helpful PDF Isacord thread color chart.
Janome Embroidery Thread Color Chart
Creek Creations offers a Janome embroidery thread color chart to help with Janome embroidery threads.
Madeira Thread Color Chart
Superior Image has a printable PDF Madeira Rayon Color Chart, which includes Madeira’s multi-color and astro-color threads.
Madeira’s website also has a PDF Madeira Polyneon Color Chart matching Madeira numbers to colors and names.
You can buy Madeira thread color charts from the Madeira website. (The options include Polyneon, Pantone, Rayon, Metallic, Soft Touch, Fire Fighter, and more.)
Marathon Embroidery Thread Color Chart
Mettler Embroidery Thread Charts
Mettler’s website includes their Mettler Poly Sheen shade card. It’s not in English, but that shouldn’t matter much if you only want to match shades with thread numbers.
Metro Embroidery Thread Color Chart
New Brothread Color Cards and Charts
If you visit New Brothread’s website, you can find color charts if you scroll through the pictures. Brothread uses the same numbering system as Brother and Embroidex threads.
Robison-Anton Embroidery Thread Colors
You can buy a Super Strength Rayon Robison-Anton color chart on Amazon (no threads included). Or, a polyester Rayon-Anton color card is available from The Thread Exchange.
There’s also a complete Robison-Anton embroidery threads book from American & Efird that contains color charts for Robison-Anton Super Brite Polyester and Super Strength Rayon threads.
Royal Thread Thread Color Cards
You can request shade cards from Royal Embroidery threads in their most popular thread lines.
Ameth/Salus Rayon Thread Colors
Sessa Textile has a polyester embroidery thread color chart to look at.
Simthread Thread Color Chart
Simthread has different naming schemes depending on which pack you buy (Brother, Janome, or Madeira.)
If you head to Simthread’s website, you can download color cards for each of their solid color lines and metallic and variegated threads, too.
Sulky Embroidery Thread Color Chart
Gunold’s website has a printable thread color card for Sulky Rayon embroidery threads.
Superior Threads Color Cards
While not as often used for machine embroidery, Superior Threads still have a place in my craft room. You can buy all their color cards from their website (and enlarge photos for visual inspection.)
ThreadArt Embroidery Thread Color Chart
ThreadNanny Machine Embroidery Thread Color Chart
Most ThreadNanny threads use Brother embroidery numbers, so you can refer to the Brother embroidery color charts when using ThreadNanny. (Or, Embroidex or New Brothread.)
Any machine embroidery thread color charts that I’m missing? Or other resources you’ve found that are better than the ones I’ve linked?
Let me know!