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Using Metallic Threads

 

Metallic threads add a great contrast to many embroidery designs, however, they can present a challenge to work with even for experienced embroiderers. Metallic threads feature a metal wrapping around an inner core.  Because of this delicate structure, the less they are handled the better.

• When using a metallic thread, be sure that the design has been digitized specifically for metallics to ensure the least amount of problems.

• When tensioning the machine for use with metallics, be sure to use the least amount of tension possible in order to reduce thread breaks.

• To reduce friction, use the appropriate size needle (click here for Madeira's needle chart) which has a larger hole to accommodate the delicate thread.

• Reduce the speed of your machine to about 600 rpm to lessen friction

• Buying cones instead of spools can reduce the amount of kinks and twists since it shortens the distance of the thread's path.

 

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