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How To Use Metallic Thread

by Sarah

If you are intimidated by metallic thread, you are not alone. I, for one, am convinced it can smell my fear. Although it’s difficult to work with when learning, in the end, it pays off. It is absolutely beautiful and adds the shine and sparkle we all love. Here are a few tested tips that have helped me tame the shiny beast that is metallic thread. In no time at all, you will be a pro at adding decorative thread to your projects.

1.Quality Thread. This is most important. A quality thread, like Hemingworth Thread, in a large size (700 meters) really is the best choice. Metallic thread sews better on a larger spool and quality makes all the difference. It is sturdyand feeds properly, saving you a lot of headache.

2.Metallic Thread needles. Using the proper needle for your thread is just as important as using the proper needle for your fabric weight. Metallic needles have a special groove down the front shaft to help guide the delicate thread. The best is size 90/14. Some people also have success with a 90/14 topstitch needle.

3.Thread stand. A thread stand attachment for your machine makes the difference. It will ensure your thread feeds smoothly and properly without breakage


The above tips are the most important and effective, but if you are still having trouble, try the following:

1.Choose a longer stitch. If it is your first time using metallic thread, I suggest a simple straight stitch to practice. Once you get the hang of it, experiment with your other stitches.

2.Thread tension needs to be as loose. Before you begin sewing on your fabric, use a similar weight fabric to get your tension perfect. Start with your thread tension at 0 and tweak as needed. Metallic thread tension needs to be looser than normal thread.

3.Threading the bobbin. Put metallic thread on your bobbin by hand. If you are using very fragile thread, having metallic thread in the bobbin can help.

4.Clean up the dust. Remove any dust from bobbin case.

5.Remove the paper from thread spool. The sticker on your thread will cause skips and breakage.

6.Sew Slowly. Very, very slowly. Sewing too quickly will increase breakage.

7.Be Patient. Your frustration will come out in your work. Take a breath, grab a drink, put the heavy object in your hand down and relaaaaax. Cursing is expected.

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Seasons01 December 2, 2020 - 12:23 am

What is the best stand to use?? I’ve seen a thread director? But the ones that sit on the table are much cheaper and can also be used for large thread holders.

CustomerService December 3, 2020 - 9:32 am

If you are looking for one for your machine, please call us at 888-824-1192 with your make and model and we will be happy to see if there is a stand for your machine. Otherwise, a great stand behind one is:

Christine November 25, 2020 - 2:55 am

Some great helpful info here helped tremendously thank you

CustomerService November 25, 2020 - 8:32 am

I’m glad we could be of help. Thanks for reading!

Melissa September 20, 2019 - 9:52 am

I’m trying to google it but I can’t find anything…. is there a way to remove metallic threading from a sweater? Thanks

CustomerService September 27, 2019 - 8:34 am

Hello Melissa!
I was also unable to pull up anything specifically showing how to remove the metallic thread.
We wish you luck!

Mary Biz August 13, 2017 - 3:07 pm

This little tutorial was so helpful to me. I have been sewing for years (ever since home economics in HS -a requirement when I was young). But I have never really paid attention to thread until recently when I mistakenly purchased quilting thread for regular sewing. Needless to say, it was much too heavy and strong for the project at hand. Now I have a knowledge of different threads, how, and when to use them. Thank you for this.

Sarah August 14, 2017 - 9:58 am

Our pleasure! Thank you for reading!

Linda Komberec August 12, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Wow, loved your information,I’m sure I will be ordering lots from you also will put the word out. Linda Komberec,Auntie Linda’s Quilt Shop,Athol,Idaho

Sarah August 14, 2017 - 9:55 am

Hi, Linda! Thank you so much! We really appreciate the support!

ed August 12, 2017 - 5:29 pm

as a begining sewest, these tips come in very handy. thank you for the tips.

Sarah August 14, 2017 - 9:54 am

My pleasure!


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