# How do you calculate thread count for embroidery?

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## How much thread does embroidery use per stitch?

Industry experts calculate that the average length of each stitch in embroidery designs is 4 to 5 mm. Based on that average, 22 yards of Sulky 40 weight rayon equals about 4,000 stitches. One 250 yard Sulky spool can create 44,000 stitches, while an 850 yard spool can create 156,000 stitches.

## How do I know how much thread I need?

By dividing the amount of thread by the seam length, we get the ratio of thread consumed. If we multiply this factor times the total length of seam, we can determine the total thread consumed for that seam. *Generally, 10% to 15% wastage of thread is added to the consumption derived.

## How many strands of floss do I need for a French knot?

THREAD – The most commonly used thread for embroidery is embroidery floss. For French knot stitch, it is best to use all 6 strands as it will result in a chunkier knot. You can vary this of course if you have the patience to do really fine work. NEEDLES – The needle should match the fabric and thread thickness.

## How much DMC floss do I need?

If you’re completing a project that is between 4-6 inches in diameter and you’re using a few different colors to complete the embroidery, you’ll most likely use between 1-2 skeins of thread per color.

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