I love mixing the different brands of thread to get a unique look when stitching out machine embroidery.
In this first design, I used FuFu Rayon, Gutermann 100% cotton and Madeira Rayon.
Note that it's the rayon that lends to the shiny effect.
With this design, I used Mettler Metrosene which is a semi-gloss type thread and Superior - King Tut ELS cotton which is a thicker thread.....note the tennis ball for that effect.
Finally, I used all of the above threads and was very pleased with the outcome. With all designed, I used an 80/11 Steep Quilting needle. This needle has a slight groove down the front whirch allows the threads to rest in as they travel from spoon to bobbin.
I, also use this type of needle when doing regular piecing quilt.