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Commercial Embroidery with Metallic Thread

If you use high-quality metallic thread, loosen the top tension, and use a #90/14 needle, you're going to have a lot of fun stitching metallic on a commercial embroidery machine.

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Metallic thread is a gorgeous thread to use for embroidery. In another video, we’ve shown how good, Metallic Thread looks when embroidered on a home machine. In this video, we’re showing you how to embroider with Metallics on a commercial machine.

We’ll be using a Baby Lock Enterprise for this particular embroidery design.  To start off, we recommend using a high-quality metallic thread. What makes a good metallic thread? A combination of high-grade raw materials and advanced processing. Click the link to learn more about what makes a good metallic thread.

To start, we place a drop of oil on the bobbin hook according to the manual. We’re using Bottom Line, a lint-free polyester for our bobbin thread.

Load the bobbin and make sure the case ‘clicks’ into place.

A standard 75/11 embroidery needle is quite small for metallic threads.  We use and recommend Superior’s Topstitch #90/14 for metallic threads. The Topstitch style has an elongated eye, deeper groove, sharp point, and is titanium-coated which extends the life of the needle many times over.

To change out our needles, we unscrew the needle from the needle bar and replace it with a #90/14 Superior Needle. Large tweezers make it much easier to get the needles swapped.

The benefits you will get from using a #90/14 needle with metallic threads, is that the large eye and deep groove  protect the thread from friction.

Place a net over the cone to keep the thread from puddling down. Once the net is on, place the cone on the  platform and thread like normal. If you can, skip a hole or two to help ease the amount of tension placed on the thread.  Since Metallic is delicate, we want limited top tension.

Select your design and make sure the design fits the hoop.

I like to put two layers of backing when using larger hoops. This helps keep the design stable and lessens puckering.

Load your hoop and loosen that top tension! I unscrew it all the way, then tighten it 2 rotations.

Now we’re ready to start our stitching.

Because we have loosened the top tension and are using the Superior #90/14 needle, we’re able to stitch at 700 SPM without any problems. Of course, if the thread is breaking and you have loosened the top tension and are using the right needle, drop your SPM to the 4-500 SPM range.

Once complete, remove the hoop, tear off the backing and enjoy your work of art!