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Embroidering with Metallic Thread

By following the recommendations in this video, you'll have much success with Metallic Thread embroidery.

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Metallic thread is a gorgeous thread to use for machine embroidery.  We’ve made this video to highlight a few recommended steps to help you achieve great results with Metallics.
Using a High-quality metallic thread will solve most of your frustrations right off the bat. Click on the link to find out what makes a quality metallic thread.

Just as important as quality thread, is your needle. Metallic threads are delicate and using the correct needle style and size will save you a lot of frustration. The industry standard needle for embroidery is the 75/11 Embroidery-style needle.  This size of needle is a tight fit for your metallic thread! With a narrow eye less than 1mm long, there’s not a lot of room for the thread to move around, which can result in added friction and thread breaks.

We recommend Superior’s Topstitch 90/14. Not only does this needle have a much larger eye at 2mm long, it also has a wider groove, sharp point, and is titanium-coated which means it will last several times longer than regular needles!

Once you’ve selected the design you want to embroider, we suggest loosening your top tension.

Some machines have electronic or ‘automatic tension’ built in. Override it. When we are embroidering with Metallic threads, we drop the top tension all the way down to 1.0.

Spools of Metallic Thread should unwind off the side, not over the end. When unwound over the end, extra twist is placed on the thread which can cause it to break.

When using cones of metallic thread, place a thread net over the bottom half to keep the thread from slipping down.

Having a thread holder like this is a great help when using Large Cones or delicate threads on your machine. It allows proper thread delivery without adding extra tension. It’s easy to thread, light, portable, and can be used lying down or standing up.

Once the cone has been set and threaded through the top hole, place the thread holder next to your machine. Thread through the swing arm, and then finish threading your machine like normal.

On this machine, we like using the needle threader It’s a BIG time saver and saves us from repeat attempts at threading the needle.

We recommend using a lint-free polyester thread like ‘The Bottom Line’ in your bobbin.

Now that your top and bottom threads are set, load your hoop.

It’s time to start embroidering!

Even though most machines have automated embroidery functions, it’s still a good idea to check the progress of your design and make sure your stitches are looking good.

If you notice the stitch balance doesn’t look good, adjust your tension as necessary. We like to use reference guides for help.

If your thread is breaking even after adjusting tension, lower the Stitches Per Minute.

As we mentioned earlier, the method which thread is unwound from a spool or cone can make a difference in stitch quality. Cones should always unwind off the top and spools of delicate threads like Metallic, should unwind from off the side.

Once your design is complete, unload the hoop and enjoy your completed embroidery design!

By following these recommendations, we know you will have a much more enjoyable time embroidering with Metallic Threads.