Tis the season for shiny, sparkly embroidery! Many embroiderers shy away from metallic thread but a few tips will help even the most hesitant embroiderer master this holiday favorite!
- Use a vertical thread stand. If it comes off the spool and kinks, slip a thread net over the spool. Don’t have one? Cut a 3” section of pantyhose and slip over the spool.
- If you’re worried about feeding the thread from the stand to the machine, add an extra thread guide. Tape a safety pin to the top of the machine (closed end up) and feed the thread through the hole.
- Need another guide? Tape a straw onto the top of the machine. Just a 1” section will do the trick.
- Select the right stabilizer. Soft is best as a heavy, dense cut-away can shred the metallic thread as it enters and exits this tough barrier. Consider polymesh, soft tear-away or tear-away wash away stabilizer.
- Tension – decrease the top tension to let the metallic thread slide through the tension discs.
- Slow the machine down to 500-600 stitches per minute. Remember this is a specialty thread so it needs special attention!
- Chill It – really, many embroiderers swear their metallic performs better after resting in a freezer for 30 mins.
- Insert a new sharp metallic needle. The large, polish eye prevents shredding. You can learn more about needles at SchmetzNeedles.com