Metallic Thread Embroidery

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Here is a guide to using metallic threads when doing machine embroideries.

Select your design.

If the design does not specify that it has been digitised for metallic threads then look for a design that is not too dense with few if any overlaps. Lots of very small stitches should be avoided also.

I have produced a CD called Metallic Splendour CLICK ON THE IMAGE to learn more.

This is one of the designs from my Metallic Splendour CD

Use a good quality thread.

The thread should be strong yet soft and flexible. A polyester core wrapped in a metallic film is preferable. Remember as always, you get what you pay for.

Look after your thread.

Keep it covered until you use it. This will not only keep it clean, but prevent it from drying out also.

Next set up your machine.

  • All the parts should be smooth and in excellent working order. Any little flaw or rough area will break the metallic thread and make it fray.
  • Clean any lint or debris from the bobbin area.
  • Fill your bobbin with good quality bobbin fill.
  • Use a thread stand if using cone wound thread to increase the distance from the spool to the machine. This gives the thread time to relax and for kinks to fall out. If the thread is wound on a spool use an upright spool pin if possible. This reduces the risk of kinking.
  • Set the speed of your machine to about half, or as close to as you can get it.
  • Put a metallic needle in. If you haven’t got a metallic needle, choose one with a large eye.
  • Reduce the top tension (see test sew below).

Select your fabric and backing.

Softer fabrics work better as they are less abrasive on the thread. Likewise the stabiliser should also be soft, but strong enough to support the embroidery.
Test sew.

Always do a test sew. This is where you will fine tune your tension settings. If your thread is breaking or the bobbin thread is being pulled up reduce your top tension more.

Follow these steps and you should have hassle free embroidering

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