Last week, Bonnie shared her success in embroidering with a certain brand of metallic thread. Don't worry if you have some other kind in your stash. I'll give you some tips on how to make them work!
Metallic thread is so beautiful but can be a beast all of its own. Sometimes you have to treat it carefully to avoid problems.
Use the Right Needle
When friction builds up on any kind of thread, shredding and breaks can happen. Using a needle specifically designed for use with metallic thread can help reduce problems caused by heat build up during embroidery.
A 90/14 topstitch needle is another option. An elongated eye and deeper groove helps to keep threads stitching smoothly.
Slow Down Your Machine
Another way to reduce friction and tangles is to slow down the stitching speed of your machine. Even the best of threads stitching at high speeds can have problems.
If you are not sure how to slow your stitching speed, consult your manual or talk to your dealer.
Use a Thread Stand
Thread stands and serger sponges help to keep all types of threads from pooling on the bottom, getting tangled, and breaking or snapping needles.
Thread stands help to relax thread before it gets to your machine. That can be especially helpful with metallic and other specialty threads as they can kink as they are unwound.
If you don't have a thread stand, place the spool of thread in a cup, on the floor, and then thread your machine. That gives the thread time to adjust properly before entering the machine. (Note: Be sure to place the cup behind the machine and not on the side where the thread would be in the path of the handwheel.)
Change the Thread Rotation
If your thread is giving you issues, take it off of the thread spool and turn it around. Sometimes, just changing the way it unwinds allows it to feed better and stitch smoother.
You may need to loosen the upper tension a bit if all of these options fail. Make sure you are using a standard bobbin thread as metallic thread in the bobbin can be tricky.
What do you do differently when stitching with metallic thread?