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Dazzling Embroidery with Metallic Threads

by Finery Embroidery 25 Sep 2023 0 Comments
Dazzling Embroidery with Metallic Threads

Dazzling Embroidery with Metallic Threads

Metallic Threads

Embroidery enthusiasts, get ready to make your designs truly shine! Metallic threads add a touch of glamour to your creations. To ensure your embroidery machine handles them like a pro without any hiccups, let's dive into some expert techniques.

  1. Opt for Quality Spools: When selecting metallic thread, look for spools or cones wound uniformly. This ensures your thread hasn't suffered any damage and maintains consistent tension throughout your project.
  2. Needle Care: Metallic threads can be a bit demanding on needles. Always start with a fresh needle for each new project and replace it after every four hours of embroidery to ensure smooth stitching.
  3. Choose the Right Needle: A 90/14 metallic needle is your best bet for most metallic threads. Its larger size helps it penetrate fabric effectively, while features like a special scarf prevent skipped stitches and a widened groove reduce the risk of thread breakage.
  4. Go for Gold: Consider using gold embroidery needles coated with titanium nitride when tackling designs with high stitch counts. These needles have a rounded point for easy fabric penetration and an enlarged eye to accommodate metallic threads.
  5. Proper Spool Placement: If your metallic thread spool is wound in a straight pattern, place it vertically on your embroidery machine. This allows the spool to rotate smoothly as the thread unwinds, preventing spirals and twists.
  6. Adjust Tension: Most machines need tension adjustments when working with metallic thread. Lowering the top tension not only defines your stitches but also prevents the bobbin thread from peeking through.
  7. Chill the Thread: Before you start sewing with metallic thread, give it a couple of hours in the freezer. This helps prevent breakage and ensures smooth stitching.
  8. Be Cautious with Adhesives: Only resort to stabilizers with adhesive backing or spray adhesives when absolutely necessary. They can sometimes lead to buildups in the needle's eye, causing friction and breakage.
  9. Don't Over-Stabilize: Excessive stabilization can create more friction on the needle, resulting in thread breaks and stiff embroidery. Use it judiciously.
  10. Mind Your Stitch Length: Short, compact stitches can lead to thread breakage and tension issues. Consider enlarging your design or slowing down your machine for smoother stitching.
  11. Watch Stitch Length for Large Designs: On the flip side, long stitches can increase tension due to the machine's dramatic movement. Try reducing your design size or slowing down your machine in this case.
  12. Avoid Excessive Layers: Too many thread layers can make your fabric dense and cause metallic threads to break. Focus on areas with fewer thread layers for the best results.
  13. Font Size Matters: If using metallic thread for lettering, aim for a size no smaller than ¼ inch. Small lettering with compact stitches can lead to thread breaks.
  14. Preserve the Beauty: Projects adorned with metallic threads require special care. Ensure your dry cleaner uses standard petroleum benzene, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene chemicals to protect the threads.
  15. Handle with Care: Hot water and ironing can dull the luster of metallic threads. When laundering, use warm water with a gentle detergent to keep your thread colors vibrant.

Let's create stunning metallic thread embroidery together at!

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