Full List of Discontinued DMC Threads

With the DMC company being in operation for well over 270 years, its no wonder that they’ve had to discontinue a few threads. And whilst we’ve looked into the reasons DMC threads have been discontinued I couldn’t find a full list anywhere. So, please find the attached list, with replacements (if there is one):

57 (variegated) no replacement
61 (variegated) no replacement
75 (variegated) no replacement
91 (variegated) no replacement
95 (variegated) no replacement
101 (variegated) no replacement
102 (variegated) no replacement
103 (variegated) no replacement
104 (variegated) no replacement
108 (variegated) no replacement
112 (variegated) no replacement
113 (variegated) no replacement
114 (variegated) no replacement
116 (variegated) no replacement
122 (variegated) no replacement
123 (variegated) no replacement
124 (variegated) no replacement
126 (variegated) no replacement
 
504 replaced with 3813
731 replaced with 732
776 replaced with 3326
781 replaced with 782
971 replaced with 740
806 replaced with 3760
868 replaced with 801
 
3773* replaced with 407
3880* replaced with 223
3881* replaced with 164
3882* replaced with 839
3883* replaced with 722
3884* replaced with 535
3885* replaced with 312
3886* replaced with 3685
3887* replaced with 208
3888* replaced with 3740
3889* replaced with 445
3890* replaced with 3766
3891* replaced with 995
3892* replaced with 740
3893* replaced with 543
3894* replaced with 907
3895* replaced with 646
 
4000 (variegated) no replacement
4017 (variegated) no replacement
4022 (variegated) no replacement
4042 (variegated) no replacement
4047 (variegated) no replacement
4066 (variegated) no replacement
4068 (variegated) no replacement
4069 (variegated) no replacement
4072 (variegated) no replacement
4073 (variegated) no replacement
4095 (variegated) no replacement
4122 (variegated) no replacement
4129 (variegated) no replacement
4135 (variegated) no replacement
4205 (variegated) no replacement
4211 (variegated) no replacement
4212 (variegated) no replacement
4214 (variegated) no replacement
4237 (variegated) no replacement
4245 (variegated) no replacement
4250 (variegated) no replacement
4255 (variegated) no replacement
4260 (variegated) no replacement
4265 (variegated) no replacement
 
5269 replaced with E699
5270 replaced with E815
5272 replaced with E5200
5279 replaced with E301
5282 replaced with E3821
5283 replaced with E168
5284 replaced with E3852
5287 replaced with E317
5288 replaced with E316
5289 replaced with E3837
5290 replaced with E3843

 
* These threads aren’t officially discontinued, however they are only avaliable in the US and Australia, and mostly sold in packs. You can still pick these up individually from the DMC US website though.
 
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9 thoughts on “Full List of Discontinued DMC Threads

  1. When and how were these discontinuations announced? I recently bought a copy of the colour chart with real threads, direct from DMC. It has the ‘new’ 35 colours in it, but also some of the variegated threads listed here, including 92 and 94, 99, 48, and 121 – all of which I’ve just ordered from Lakeside Needlecraft in the UK. When can we expect them to disappear – or did they change their mind?

    1. We’re currently in discussions with some DMC staff members to get to the bottom of this.
      Officially no threads have ever been discontinued, DMC just stop making them. It could be that they started making them again, or that production was paused for a while. Could also be that they have large stocks of threads they need to sell.
      I’ve removed them from the list for now.

  2. What are these types of DMC thread?

    5269 replaced with E699
    5270 replaced with E815
    5272 replaced with E5200
    5279 replaced with E301
    5282 replaced with E3821
    5283 replaced with E168
    5284 replaced with E3852
    5287 replaced with E317
    5288 replaced with E316
    5289 replaced with E3837
    5290 replaced with E3843

    1. These threads are the “Light Effects” range. The old numbers used to be broken out into three series; jewels, precious metals and pearlescents.

    2. Hi,
      I live in California USA I buy cross stitch patterns on line a lot. I bought a couple a while back that called for 3885, 3886 & 3887. I have been looking everywhere for them.
      You have fixed my confusion, I believe.
      I can use 312 for 3885, 3685 for 3886 and 208 for 3887 I have all those numbers
      I also have some very old patterns where the other Discontinued number will help
      Thank you for being here
      Sincerely,
      Carol

  3. FWIW, I was straightening up my wife’s thread collection and ran into a 811.

    It’s a kind of bright yellow. Price on wrapper? 10 cents.

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