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Posted on: 11/16/07 8:56 PM
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Quilting (and sewing) with metallic thread can be an exercise in frustration. I have done several projects with metallic threads and have learned a few things that can lessen your frustration levels.

1) Use a metallic or #12 needle.

2) Loosen the upper tension

3) Use a longer stitch length

4) Try running a line of Sewer's Aid (a lubricant) across your spool of thread. Put another drop at the top of your needle.

5) Stitch at a slower rate of speed.

6) Be careful not to put any strain on the needle. Do NOT pull at your fabric as it passes under the needle.

7) You can also try a top-stitching needle if the metallic needle is still not solving the problem for you.

8) Sometimes you may have to use the metallic thread in your bobbin and quilt from the back of the fabric.

If all else fails, try couching the thread. Lay the metallic thread over your desired quilting lines and use a very narrow zig-zag back and forth over hte metallic thread to secure it in place. You can use a clear thread or one that matches your fabric background.

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nurseloon said... (1/30/08 9:24 AM) Reply
I have used metallic thread only once, but what I did was to put the spool in a very narrow small glass on the floor, and then ran the thread up and through something to hold it at the height of the machine before it is wound onto the machine. That seemed to take care of the twist as it came off the spool, and the thread behaved well. Carolyn
Wendy Worthington said... (12/12/07 3:38 AM) Reply
I am doing an embroidery project with metallic thread and, I agree, it is an exercise in frustration. Apart from the needle, I don't think your advice applies here. To lessen the tension is a possibility but the tension is preset for embroidery by the factory. Worth experimenting with, though.
aging artist said... (11/24/07 1:59 PM) Reply
I sew as an artist and fiber instructor. I haven't used a pattern for about 34 years and am trying to get back into sewing clothes (art jackets) for myself. I have always had trouble with metallic thready in my work. Thanks.
roz blair said... (11/17/07 10:27 AM) Reply
i have been told you should also place the metallic thread on an upright spool instead of lying down. This does something to prevent the thread from twisting.
granny geek said... (11/17/07 1:19 AM) Reply
Thank you for the tips..especially the sewers aid....never used that and I will try it. I use metalic thread a lot and love the effect in embroidery too. Another tip is to let the thread rest before using it by pulling out a length and setting the spool aside for a while before threading. It seems to keep it from twisting thru the tension settings.
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