The Most Asked Questions About DMC Embroidery Floss and Thread

Straight answers to the most asked questions about DMC embroidery floss and thread.

French company DMC was founded in 1748 and originally began as a fabric manufacturer but has been largely known for it’s embroidery floss due to its strength, quality and lustre. It is a privately-held company helmed by Justin Wraight as CEO. DMC was acquired by Lion Capital, a British private equity firm, in 2019.

Please note: the majority of this article refers to the ever popular DMC embroidery floss that is six-stranded and is traditionally labeled as Mouline Special. Quick links:

Q&A on DMC Embroidery Floss

  • Q: What does DMC stand for?
  • A: Dollfus Mieg & Co.
  • Source: DMC About Us web page – “Daniel DOLLFUS, took over the running of the family firm. In Spring 1800, he married Anne-Marie MIEG and gave his firm a new name, DOLLFUS-MIEG & Compagnie, or DMC.”
  • Q: Where is DMC located? Where is DMC floss made?
  • A: Since the company was acquired in 2019 by a British company, DMC is headquartered in England with a regional office in France. Floss is still being manufactured on the original property in Mulhouse, France.
  • Source: LinkedIn and DMC website
  • Q: Where can I purchase DMC embroidery floss? Who sells it?
  • A: Head to the DMC website for packs and assortments. For individual skeins see below:
    • DMC sells its products in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, USA
    • Popular online shops with international shipping: Amazon, Etsy, 123Stitch, Lakeside Needlecraft, LoveCrafts, Hobbycraft
    • Additional online shops in the US: EverythingCrossStitch, Fat Quarter Shop, Herrschners, The Woolery
    • Brick and mortar shops in the US: Joanns, Michaels, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, your local needlework shop!
  • Q: What is DMC embroidery floss?
  • A: DMC embroidery floss is made from long staple cotton which is a better quality and has a softer feel than the shorter variety. The company gives a chemical bath to the spun cotton which gives the floss strength and shine. The final product comes in six lightly-twisted, divisible strands.
  • Source: DMC website and Nordic Needle under Material Guides
  • Q: What is the difference between embroidery floss and thread?
  • A: DMC uses the umbrella term Embroidery Thread to refer to its various thread-like products: embroidery floss, pearl cotton, satin floss, memory thread, metallic thread, craft thread, etc.
  • Q: What is DMC embroidery floss used for?
  • A: Embroidery floss can be used for various types of needlework: embroidery in all it’s forms, cross-stitch, needlepoint, punch needle embroidery, and arts and crafts like friendship bracelets.
  • Q: Is DMC embroidery floss colorfast? Does it bleed?
  • A: The company maintains that their floss it colorfast meaning the dye won’t bleed when washed. Here is their recommendation for prewashing if you choose to do so: “Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 8 fl.oz. of clear water. Soak entire skein in vinegar and clear water. If a thread has any excess dye in it, the water will show discolouration (the water will turn the same color as thread). After soaking, take the thread out of the water/vinegar mixture and make sure it is completely dry before using.”
  • Source: DMC FAQ web page
  • Q: How many DMC embroidery floss colors are there?
  • A: As of 2021, there are 507 colors of Mouline Special which includes the 35 new colors and the 18 variegated colors.
  • Source: DMC Color List web page
  • Q: How long is DMC embroidery floss?
  • A: It is 8.7 yards or 8 meters in length.
  • Source: DMC Threaded Color Card
  • Q: What size is DMC embroidery floss?
  • A: DMC Mouline Special consists of six strands of size-25.
  • Source: DMC Threaded Color Card

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  1. i have dmc embroidery floss 2340 and can not find they name of color
    can someone please help it is not on any of the floss charts i have seen

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