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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!




This ATC was created with metallic threads and free motion stitching on a heavy stabilizer
Metallic thread flag

You will find even more metallic thread info in the current issue of In Stitches and lots of great ideas and inspiration like:




  • Artist Profile with Marianne Burr, including a zoom slideshow with numerous art quilt images

  • A colorful stitched and painted camera strap project with Michelle Allen (perfect for my new camera!)

  • Insight from Lyric Kinard on using stitch as a design element

  • Pokey’s studio visit with art quilter Judith Trager, plus more from Judith

  • Tips for making a stitchery workbook with Debbie Bates

  • Ideas for making screen-printed fabric pendants (these are sooo cute!)

  • Deborah Boshert’s approach to using sheers for stitched silhouettes

  • Embroidered silk cuffs by Jackie Cardy (Gotta make some of these!!)


I wasn't sure if I would like an on-line magazine but was totally sold after I got the first issue of In Stitches! I love being able to zoom in on a photo, watch the videos...what a great way to get to know an artist! And, best of all I don't have to buy another book case to house all the back issues and we aren't using up our natural resources to produce them.

GIVE AWAY! Everyone loves a giveaway and I have a wonderful one for you! The winner will receive a copy of Threads: The Basics and Beyond Debbie Bates and myself plus a  packet of stitch goodies...including some metallic thread of course and some fabrics and some surprises! Leave a comment below and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Wed March 9th!

Here is the entire blog tour schedule so you can learn more about In Stitchesand these awesome artists! Pssst...a lot of the other artists have give aways too!! I love prizes don't you?

Monday (Feb 28): Jane Davila: http://janedavila.blogspot.com
Tuesday: Lynn Krawczyk (March 1): http://www.fibraartysta.blogspot.com
Wednesday: Jackie Cardy(March 2): http://dogdaisychains.blogspot.com
Thursday: Deb Bates (March 3): http://stitchtress.wordpress.com
Friday: Deborah Boschert (March 4): http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com
Saturday: Michelle Allen (March 5): http://allendesigns.typepad.com
Monday: Lyric Kinard (March 7): http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com
Tuesday (March 8): A surprise guest on Lindsey’s blog will be the final stop of this tour http://www.quiltingdaily.com
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Comments 76

Guest - Maria (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 00:15

Loving the blog tour! You've convinced me -- I'm going to have to try In Stitches.

Loving the blog tour! You've convinced me -- I'm going to have to try In Stitches.
Guest - Kim Young (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 00:17

I love the e-mags and have purchased both of them the day they were announced. Your article was especially helpful. Thank you

I love the e-mags and have purchased both of them the day they were announced. Your article was especially helpful. Thank you
Guest - Marsha on Sunday, 06 March 2011 03:53

Hi Liz
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.

Hi Liz 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.
Guest - Gill on Sunday, 06 March 2011 04:47

Thank you for this post - I've always been a little nervous of metallic threads so these hints are just what I need!

Thank you for this post - I've always been a little nervous of metallic threads so these hints are just what I need!
Guest - Dotti C (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 07:09

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.

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.
Guest - Ronda Lambatos on Sunday, 06 March 2011 09:37

Thanks Liz, you are a wealth of information. I love reading all of your articles and blog!!!

Thanks Liz, you are a wealth of information. I love reading all of your articles and blog!!!
Guest - Queen Janet Lee Sellers (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 09:55

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

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
Guest - Vicki Jensen on Sunday, 06 March 2011 12:40

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.

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.
Guest - jan on Sunday, 06 March 2011 14:29

Thanks for the metallic thread tips. This blog tour has been a pleasure.

Thanks for the metallic thread tips. This blog tour has been a pleasure.
Guest - Karen on Sunday, 06 March 2011 15:12

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 am also in love with InStitches. After reading your article I immediately signed up for the book study class. What fun. Thank you.
Guest - Linda Schwarz on Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:10

Such a wonderful tour and I adore the ATC "flag". Thank you for sharing.

Such a wonderful tour and I adore the ATC "flag". Thank you for sharing.
Guest - Willa (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:35

Love working with metallic threads and always happy to learn more about them.

Thanks!

Love working with metallic threads and always happy to learn more about them. Thanks!
Guest - Jo on Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:42

Great tips and lovely blog, thanks!

Great tips and lovely blog, thanks!
Guest - Sylvia Browder on Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:59

I have both of the InStitches videos. What fun! Enjoyed your article. It encouraged me to try metalic threads. This blog is very
enjoyable. Thanks.

I have both of the InStitches videos. What fun! Enjoyed your article. It encouraged me to try metalic threads. This blog is very enjoyable. Thanks.
Guest - Evelyn Naugle on Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:09

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

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
Guest - Carol@Swallowcliffs (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:17

This would be the best birthday gift... if one's BD fell in March, and mine does, lol.

This would be the best birthday gift... if one's BD fell in March, and mine does, lol.
Guest - Donnell on Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:27

Thanks for the tips! I absolutely love working with metallic threads.

Thanks for the tips! I absolutely love working with metallic threads.
Guest - Donna (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 17:37

Hello, Just found your blog...This is my first visit,but It definately wont be my last...WoW! to your blog.
DoNnA

Hello, Just found your blog...This is my first visit,but It definately wont be my last...WoW! to your blog. DoNnA
Guest - Sandra Weimer on Sunday, 06 March 2011 18:07

I have the first e Stitch magazine and am wanting to know more about metallic threads, thanks!

I have the first e Stitch magazine and am wanting to know more about metallic threads, thanks!
Guest - rosie huart (website) on Sunday, 06 March 2011 23:57

It would be great to win your book, since I do not own one. Thanks.
Rosie

It would be great to win your book, since I do not own one. Thanks. Rosie
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