I recently asked my followers on Instagram if they would like to see a tutorial on how to use metallic thread and it was a resounding yes!! So I put together this little technique video for you so that I could share my metallic thread tips ;).
Top Metallic Thread Tips
- Metallic thread has a tendency to break and shred. Using a topstitch needle is key for helping with this.
- Lower your tension. I like to stitch on some scrap fabric to make sure my tension looks good before starting on my project.
- Up the stitch length to 3
- Make sure machine is clean and oiled (if necessary) and follow machine manual for tension tips if needed.
- Use high quality thread.
What to use in the bobbin?
Many of you have asked about what to use in the bobbin when using metallic thread. Great question! I am always a fan of using the same thread in the bobbin as the top thread. In my sample, I used the metallic thread in the bobbin as well. I have heard some of you say that you had success with using a different thread in the bobbin – thats great! By all means experiment, but I find that I like the result better when I use the same thread in both 😉
I used Superior Threads Metallics and Wonderfil Rayon core metallic for my sample. They both have a pretty result, although I do prefer the Superior Threads, I’m happy if you pick a high quality option which these both are.
At the end of the day, it really isn’t too difficult to use metallic threads. I hope these tips help you feel confident to tackle this beautiful way of adding some extra sparkle to your next project.
Here is a video I did demonstrating on my sewing machine and detailing these tips on video!
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