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How to stitch with Glitter thread

Posted: 13 January 2016 at 6 a.m.

Glitter Quilts

Glitter is our gorgeous flat, hologram mylar thread which has incredible sheen.  It’s a beautiful accent thread, perfect for embroidery, quilting or fun decorative stitching.

Superior Glitter is twice as strong as other mylar threads and today we will share tips on how to make stitching a breeze with this sparkly thread.

Needle Size – Needles help protect the thread as it moves through fabric.  We recommend a size #90/14 Topstitch needle in your home or embroidery machine or a size #18/4.0 in your longarm quilting machine.  The reason why we like our Topstitch needles is because they have a longer eye and deeper groove, which helps reduce breakage.

Tension – Home machine users and embroiders:  to use Glitter please manually lower your top tension to a 1.0. On your longarm machine, lower the top tension by threading Glitter through one of the three holes of the three hole tension guide and reduce the tension at your primary tensioner by 2-3 full rotations.

Thread Delivery – Thread delivery is key for success with Glitter thread.  Glitter must be wound directly off the side. 

Unwind off Side

If the thread unwinds over the end, it adds unnecessary twists to the flat thread, much like unwinding the ribbon in the picture below.  The extra twist in the thread may cause breakage.

Twists aren't good for Glitter

Bobbin Thread – Glitter is gorgeous as a top thread, and pairs well with Bottom Line in the bobbin.

By following these recommendations we guarantee Glitter will add lots of dazzle to your next creation!

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  • 4. Betty Jo (08 July 2017 at 10:19 a.m.)

    I really love Glitter and have used it a lot. I'm always a little surprised at how it stitches so well without breaking.
  • 3. Betty Jo (08 July 2017 at 10:18 a.m.)

    I really love Glitter and have used it a lot. I'm always a little surprised at how it stitches so well without breaking.
  • 2. GmaCma (08 February 2016 at 5:27 p.m.)

    My dear old machine has a vertical thread spool - is there any way to adapt this for horizontal delivery? Love this blog - thanks so much!
  • 1. Gayle (29 January 2016 at 8:07 a.m.)

    Thank you so very much for these instructions. I have NEVER had success with my glitter threads, and now I see I have not done it correctly. I will be passing on this information and this app. Thank you again, now all my projects will have some glitter lol.

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