Tuesday, April 8, 2008

working with metallic threads

Learn how to work with “Metallic Threads”

Metallic Thread is something that many quilters love to use. Many quilt makers have long been tantalized by the way metallic threads shimmer, reflect light and add movement and sparkle to their quilts. However, using them successfully requires certain precautions.

Always use a large-eye needle manufactured specifically for metallic threads. Try Metafil, made by Lammertz, or Metallica, made by Schemetz. These needles have an elongated eye, extra sharp point, and a groove in the front of the needle to help reduce friction against metallic threads.

Lower the top tension setting slightly and sew at a slower speed to reduce stress and friction on the thread. Always use a goo quality thread in the bobbin. A good one to try is 50 weight cotton threads by Tanne, which is the perfect balance with the weaker metallic on top. Although using metallic thread does require more careful handling than other decorative threads, but they are well worth the extra effort.

Before you try out any new thread techniques on you quilts, you may want to make a sample quilt sandwich to practice on. That way you won’t be working out tension or thread breaking issues on your actual quilt. Which may result in the ripping out of stitches, and no one wants to do that!

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