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.