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Metallic Thread Tips for Successful Stitches

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We guarantee our metallic thread will work if you follow these simple guidelines:

FOR HOME MACHINES

1.  Use a Superior Topstitch or Metallic needle, size #90/14. (A size #80/12 needle is too small)

2.  Loosen the top tension setting all the way down to a “1"

3.  If you use a 500 yd. spool, position the spool on the vertical pin spool holder so the thread unwinds straight from the side of the spool, with the spool rotating. The thread should not unwind over the end/top of the spool.

If you use a cone of thread (either the 1,090 yd. or larger), place the cone on a thread stand/cone holder so the thread unwinds directly over top.  Cones are not to unwind straight from the side.

Please watch our video on the Superior Thread Holder by clicking on the Education tab, then Videos. You will find many helpful video clips under ‘Product and General Information Videos’.

FOR LONGARM MACHINES

Most longarm machines place more stress on thread than home machines.  Follow these steps, in order, until you get favorable results. You may not have to do all these steps. 

1.  Use a size #19 (MR 4.5) needle.

2.  Cones are recommended but if you use a 500 yd. spool, use the spool adapter to make sure the thread unwinds straight from the side and not over the end.

3.  Loosen the top tension until you can manually pull the thread through the needle without much resistance.

4.  Loosen the bobbin tension until you can hold the bobbin case in your left hand and pull up the thread with your right hand.  The bobbin case should not lift up off your hand.  If you use a Towa Bobbin Tension Gauge (available on our website), adjust the bobbin tension to the 160 range.

Please watch our videos on the TOWA Bobbin Gauge and Quilting with Metallic Thread on your Longarm by clicking on the Education tab, then Videos. You will find many helpful video clips under ‘Product and General Information Videos’.

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By: Bob Purcell