How To Stitch with DMC Light Effects

    Incorporate metallics into your embroidery with DMC's beautiful Light Effects Thread.

    DMC's metallic thread is called Light Effects, and it's a 6 ply thread that separates just like floss. Each strand is similar thickness to floss. We have some helpful tips on how to best work with this beautiful glistening thread.


    •  For the best stitching experience try working with a shorter length of thread.  A 12” length will help to keep the fibers fresh and prevent fraying which can occur when stitching with longer threads.
    •  If your Light Effects thread become twisted while stitching, simply drop the needle and allow the thread to unwind itself.  By keeping the threads straight you will reduce knotting too.
    •  To assure you get the best results, take your time.  By stitching slowly you’ll have better control over the placement and laying of your stitches.
    •  When stitching surface embroidery try using a needle that is one size larger than you would normally use.  The larger needle will help to “open” the fabric and allow the Light Effects thread to slide more easily through the fabric.
    •  Using a thread conditioner like Thread Heaven is beneficial in aiding Light Effect threads to glide smoothly through the fabric.



    Light Effect threads are easy to work with when threaded through your needle with a slip knot. The slip knot holds the thread onto the needle.

    This technique works best when using an even number of strands.  For stitching in 2 ply, cut the length twice the length needed; separate 1 strand and fold it in half.  To make a slip knot fold the strand in half and thread the folded end through the eye of the needle.

    Place the thread loop over the point of the needle and pull firmly to secure the thread.

    Light Effects Tip!

    Light Effects uses the same color numbering system as DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss.  There is simply an “E” prefix in front of the color number.  For example, the popular color number 321 in DMC Cotton Floss has a corresponding color number E321 in Light Effects.