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Metallic Thread Embroidery Tips
Metallic Thread Embroidery Tips
I made a list of the most common answers to the age old question... "why can't I
use metallic threads successfully?" Let's start with the
top-5 answers first then we'll get some more suggestions from our members!
The problem with metallic thread is that it does not go through the entire
thread path as easily as non-metallic thread because it is not smooth. To
use metallic thread then we have to do everything possible to remove any other
issues along the way.
1) Set your machine's stitching speed
to as low a number as possible.
2) Use a "metallic needle". It
has a bigger eye.
3) Use highest quality metallic thread
4) Experiment with which brand is
best for your machine.
5) Make sure the thread path is not
impaired. Look for any burs on the throat plate where the needle goes
through. Also - check the areas that you can see inside your machine in
case there are any nicks in the plastic along the thread path. A
repair technician will remove any burs or nicks with a small file. Like a
metal fingernail file, but (s)he will remove the part from the machine
before filing to prevent filings from getting into your
Those are the starting points I'd recommend, but I also asked in our forum
for other tips.
Here are some more suggestions
from our members...
Put thread in a mug or something
(threadstand) on the floor in front of your machine (some people put it in a mug
behind their machine) to give it more time to "relax" before it goes into the
machine itself. Less breakage -- Nique
I use a thread stand with a high guide to
allow the twisting to relax before entering the thread guide for my machine. I
set it away from my machine by about 1 foot. Also, tell everyone to have
patience when working with metallics. Some metallics work better with your
machine than others. -- Peggy
I have the best results with the
Sulky brands ...I have another one in gold but it breaks every few mins...I dont
know the brand it must have been on the wrapper...I use larger eye needle and a
"Universal Thread Holder" which has a raised arm I also keep it about 12" away
from the machine with the metallic thread on it..love the cup idea
Nique...sounds great...God bless... -- Norma
I use sewers aid with mine and sometimes
guide it with my fingers. I just bought the thread guide that has been featured
on your DN. I will try it next time. I have heard some refrigerate theirs, but I
haven't tried that yet. You might also want to remind them that they will
sometimes have best results if the design is digitized for Metallic threads if
there is such a way to do that. (I have read that anyway). -- Cari
Skip the last thread guide before the
needle. And I also put silicone on the needle thread hole.
Where will you be
putting this article??? -- Beth
my friend who opperates a 12 head
commercial machine told me to thread the metallic through a styro packing
'peanut' before it gets to the guides. It does not make sense to me but
there i told you. -- V
Mama Duck, I'd heard of that somewhere,
so tried it the last time I used metallic thread ... AND IT WORKED! It was the
first time I'd done anything with metallic thread where I DIDN'T have any breaks
:-) (Of course, I also had done some of the other stuff -- lower speed, thread
on a stand away from the machine to give it longer to "relax," etc.) -- Judi
I put my spool on an empty CD spindle on
the floor and then run the thread up through the wire thread guide and thread
the machine - I've had good luck with allowing the thread to relax ..... --
I only tried one design using a spool given
to me to try. And I threaded it on my Hemingworth stand... and it stitched out
just fine. I wanted to try running two threads at once... but haven't bought any
spools yet. But I have tried it with regular embroidery thread... worked just
like he said in his video. :) Dovie loves her thread stand. :D
(giving it a big kiss! hehe) -- Dovieeeeeee
I too use the CD spindle....with
thread going up about 14" through a white plastic "hook" (taken off the kitchen
waffle towels used to hang the towels on the hook in Walmart)that is taped to
the upper shelf behind my machine.
If design is dense and I am using "difficult" thread, I've put a drop of
sewers aid on the pad of my index finger and let the thread glide over it before
it goes into the needle. One huge spool of gold metallic thread is 13 years old
and I can still use it with this method since my Brother doesn't have a speed
selection and thread doesn't break. -- Wanda
I apologize. Maybe everyone else
knows what a CD spindle is or isn't. I haven't the hint of what it is or isn't.
A 45 record spindle I've seen.
An LP record spindle I've seen.
wool spindle I've seen.
But a CD speidle?
Please help. What is it? -- Betty
(Betty -- Thanks for asking! -- Larry)
Sue from AZ
Betty when you go to Wal-marts look
for CDs in the computer department. They are flat round disc that you can burn.
OR you can buy music CDs also with your favorite artist like Elvis. When you buy
the blank CDs they come in packages of 20 to 100 discs and they are on a
spindle. I really don't know how to explain what a spindle looks like but if you
go to Wal-mart and look for a package of blank CD's you see the spindle. I
hope I made sense here and helped a tad. -- Sue
Thanks to Nique, Peggy, Norma, Cari, Beth, V, Judi, Linda,
Dove, Wanda, Betty, and Sue for contributing to this article!
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