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MarieCurie | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

Does anyone know where I can find a thread exchange/equivalent list for Sulky and Coats and Clark?  My embroidery software gives the Sulky color numbers, but I don’t have that brand.  The software is supposed to change the numbers for me, but the file is corrupted/missing, and I don’t have a clue how to fix it.  I have a printed list of color numbers from the Coats and Clark website so I have something in my hand to take to the fabric store, but I need a translation sheet.  Any ideas?


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1
    1. MarieCurie | | #2

      The page doesn't have the conversion from Coats and Clark to Sulky, only JP Coates, which isn't the same thing.  I eventually had to call the software tech help line.  They had to send me a file to fix the software gap--I would not have been able to do it myself.  I probably won't get a full conversion list on paper, but at least I'll be able to take a list of thread color numbers for specific projects to the fabric store.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #3

    If you tell me the specific Sulky colors you are looking to convert, I can tell you what Coats and Clark ones are closest with my software. 

    http://www.emblibrary.com has a thread conversion chart I used to use but that was a long time ago, don't remember how it worked or if it had C&C.  Mary

    1. MarieCurie | | #4

      I need a good substitute for Sulky 40 #1127, 1149, 1135, 1137, 1039, 1190, and 1035.  Here's the kicker:  The thread I use (the only thread available at the only local Joann's fabric store) is Coats and Clark trilobal polyester.  My software (viking 4D) also has conversions for several lines of C&C, but NOT the tri poly.  Go figure.  I'll try the emblibrary site next. 

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Hi!  I have the 4D Suite also.  Could the CC Poly thread in our software listed as Trilobal Poly be the same as at Joannes Sylko Poly?  When I went to the CC website they only listed one type of poly embroidery thread.  When I tried to colormatch the brands, I discovered it is difficult because Sulky has such a wide range of colors and CC doesn't so they come up more yellow or?  The closest thing I saw to the yellow green was a lime, no way!

        I wonder if it might work best to take a Sulky thread colors pamphlet with you to the store and try to match them there. 

        Sorry, I thought they would match up better, I haven't had problems with the thread matching to Madeira, Robison Anton, etc. but the CC just don't look very close.

        When I colormatched the 1149 Sulky, it gave me CCPoly 8148, but the 8364 looks closer on my screen. 

        Edited 12/11/2008 10:05 am by MaryinColorado

        1. MarieCurie | | #6

          I tried to color match the trilobal poly with the CC poly in the software, but the color numbers are not the same.  My spools of thread have 2 or 3 digits, but the software lists four digits.  I think I'm going to have to wing it.  And I'm also going to call Coats and Clark and see if they can help.  Will let you know what I find out.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #7

            Sorry that I couldn't be more helpful!  I'll be interested in hearing what they say.  Maybe that's a new thread, it's not on the CC website.  Mary

          2. MarieCurie | | #8

            Figured out what I was doing wrong.  The C&C trilobal poly is indeed the same as the Coats Rayon 40 in the viking 4D thread database.  So here's another question:  how do I set it as my preferred, standard, always come up thread range?  I know how it import a new thread range into MY THREAD RANGE, but how do I take one off?  I don't want to have to change each and every thread color on each and every embroidery design each and every time.

          3. gailete | | #9

            I haven't tried it yet, but here is some free software for converting a lot of different thread brands http://www.rnk-<!---->inc.com/ called Thread Converter Pro which might help.

            I always use and assortment of thread brands when embroidering so I usually do things the old fashioned way, as I figure out what I have to substitute, I write it done and then arrange all the threads in order before starting the project. If it is something I think I will make again I save the cheat sheet.


          4. MaryinColorado | | #10

            My preferred standard is set to Sulky Rayon, new designs still come up with their programmed thread, I still have to change each one and save it that way.  I'm glad it doesn't automatically change the thread to another brand because the colors don't always transfer "perfectly", sometimes I use Sulky, Madeira, Robison Anton,and CC in the same design because I like the colors.  .  I know it's time consuming, but I don't think any software with change preprogrammed thread brands automatically. 

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