Thread is for embroidery what paint is for canvas. These tips will help you create masterpieces.
1. Proper Storage
Light and dust are natural enemies of thread, making proper storage a necessity. You can use cabinets, drawers, and storage bins. See what I use for thread storage here. Pull-out drawers, peg boards, and golf tees make it really easy to find colors that I need while keeping my investment safe from the elements.
Just like with any hobby, having a place for everything makes embroidery easier. I keep my thread organized by manufacturer number so that spools follow my Floriani thread card. Each spool corresponds to a key tag containing the thread number centered on a golf tee. That makes my threads easy to find and easy to inventory. I simply used a hole punch multiple times to make the hole on the key tag larger to accommodate the golf tee.
3. The Real Deal
Thread cards feature actual samples of thread and are the most accurate way to match true colors. That is important because, if you are getting thread charts online, computer screen colors and printer colors vary from one to the next. If you do not have an actual thread card, this blog shows you the next best thing.
4. Chart Inventory
Digital thread charts can be downloaded and printed from most any manufacturer. They are a wonderful tool for keeping track of your thread colors and easily fit in your purse when you are shopping. Just place a mark by the colors that you have in stock and you will not buy duplicates by mistake. Sometimes, you find a great sale on your favorite thread brand and, although it might be a great price, if you don't have your thread chart, you have no idea what colors you may need. Additionally, track the colors that you use most on a thread chart so that you can easily stock up during a sale.
5. Smooth Thread Paths
Thread stands help with tension problems by maintaining a clear path for thread to enter your machine and allows time for specialty threads like metallics to relax. Thread or needle breaks are typically caused by thread getting hung up some place. In addition to troubleshooting and checking the way your machine is threaded, check the top of your thread cone for burrs and smooth out rough edges with an emery board.
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Have a day blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!