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Welcome you intrepid In Stitches blog tour followers, welcome to my home on the web! I want to tell you a little bit about my article in this jam packed issue of In Stitches. Conquering metallic thread is the topic...Metallic thread questions are the most frequent ones I get. It is a finicky thread but with a few tips you can easily become a metallic stitch queen! Here are my top metallic thread tips!
1. The thread you use in the bobbin is important. I find that a fine(50-60wt) or ultrafine (70-100wt)polyester thread solves a lot of problems. Metallic threads are wiry and often not smooth so pairing them up with a soft drapey poly thread eliminates a lot of tension problems.
2. Speaking of tension...reduce it! The upper tension dial is one of your best and often underutalized tools on your sewing machine! Reducing the top tension (lower numbers) means less tension on the thread so it will be less likely to break. When I am free motion stitching with metallic threads I set the top tension to zero!
3. The needle...A metallic needle is handy but not necessary. Depending on the type of stitching you are doing a size 90 embroidery (for free motion) or 90 topstitch (programmed and straight stitches) work just as well.
4. Slow down. Sewing fast creates more friction on your thread and friction causes heat and increased force on your threads...causing them to stretch and break. In addition, when you are free motion sewing and moving the fabric fast you are adding stress/tension to the thread. So often in our daily errands we do things in a hurry; slowing down allows us to actually get into the zen of stitching and relax!
5. Thread delivery. Some threads just need a bit more time and space to relax before they hit those tension disks...wow...I could go down this philosophical path on how we would all benefit from more time and space before we face our own daily tension...but let's get back to thread! Try using a thread stand or a jar placed behind and away from your machine. Make sure the thread path goes no where near your fly wheel! Also make sure that the thread is coming off a stationary spool. Dragging the spool along as it unwinds adds more tension.
6. Know your stabilizers! Every thread fanatic should have a wide variety of stabilizers at their fingertips! Stabilizers can make your stitch world so much more beautiful and solve so many stitch problems...and you will have younger looking skin as well. Ok, just joking about the skin but seriously...get to know your stabilizers. They are so valuable in the studio!
You will find even more metallic thread info in the current issue of In Stitches and lots of great ideas and inspiration like:
I love the e-mags and have purchased both of them the day they were announced. Your article was especially helpful. Thank you
I have both In Stitches emags already!
Great explanation about metallic threads. And I love your ATC. It would be great to win your book and all the goodies. Thanks.
Thank you for this post - I've always been a little nervous of metallic threads so these hints are just what I need!
I love this blog tour...it is such fun to visit all these blogs/sites! Looking forward to your article when I download In Stitches.
Wow. An ATC from you is an heirloom to frame. I feel pretty lazy with what I do now that I see the elaborate stitching that you did here. I'd like to take a look at the online magazines now that I know more. I do like to get up close and personal with images! Thanks for putting this up for us to enjoy. -Janet
Thank you so much for the information and tips on using metallics. I have always been a little leery to use them, but your article has convinced me to give them a try again, with more confidence.
I am also in love with InStitches. After reading your article I immediately signed up for the book study class. What fun. Thank you.
I have both of the InStitches videos. What fun! Enjoyed your article. It encouraged me to try metalic threads. This blog is very
Used to do some sewing years ago and am getting back into it. So many things have changed and there are so many things I want to try. Your info on metallic thread was great and I can't wait now to purchase some and try it on my sewing machine as well as my serger. I believe your tips will be the difference in my having success with it. I am so excited about trying it. Thanks for giving me the "nudge" I needed. Evelyn
Hello, Just found your blog...This is my first visit,but It definately wont be my last...WoW! to your blog.