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embroidering with metallic thread

Started by EmbroideryShristi, June 07, 2012, 01:13:30 am

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Thanks for some great tips.  I especially liked the thread in a glass idea.



Hello admin,June 7, 2012, 1:13 am

Thank you very much

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Here are the tricks of the trade when embroidering with metallic thread:

Use Metafil needles: The needle hole is huge, and there is a little groove in the back of the needle scarf for the thread to pass through smoothly.

Use Sewer's Aid: A clear silicone liquid that lubricates the metallic thread. (Just put a few beads along the spool of thread. Never put it on your machine directly!)

Use the vertical spool pin: This is especially important, thread that is on the vertical spool will come off like toilet paper--nice and smooth with no twisting, thus reducing tension problems and thread breakages. If you need a visual, visit the bath, and pull the paper off the roll! Thread positioned on a horizontal spool pin twirls off in the horizontal position, making it kink and twist.

Try a glass cup: If you're still getting stuck and the spool is almost finished, you can try skipping the vertical spool in favor of a glass cup. Place the spool in an empty glass, and position the glass behind and to the right of your sewing machine (thread as you would normally). Sometimes, if the spool is allowed to tinker freely in a glass, it will behave while you're embroidering.

Go slowly: If you still have problems embroidering, try slowing your machine down. Some times metallic thread behaves better if you're gentle.

Remember the walk away rule: If you've been fighting with your project for more than a few minutes, and you've rethreaded, changed the needle, and rethreaded several more times, take a break. Sometimes, as if by some magic, things work better after you've taken a mini vacation!

I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet.

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