Donna, what is YLI?
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That's the brand of the monofilament thread that I use. When I got into quilting when I retired in 1996, my sister got me into quilting. She would mail me things to try out. I had several brands, but soon found the YLI to be the best. I'm not sure if JoAnn's sells it or not. I remember going on line a while back, & purchasing a few spools.
Originally Posted by Cheriefaye2008
If you can't find a metallic needle, use a top stitch needle. The metallic thread needs a needle with a larger eye. Most joann's, hancocks or sewing machine dealer will carry a variaty of needles. Good luck and have fun!
Oh, and practice on scraps first before trying it on your project. You may have to adjust your tension. Also, use a thread stand or put it in a bowl behind your machine. It needs a little distance to uncurl so you don't have breakage problems.
I've never had a problem using monofilament thread, but metallic is a different animal!
Thanks for posting this thread. I have not used metallic thread for quilting but have used it for sewing. On your second part of the question should you use it in the bobbin. I don't think I would. What about using a golden colored thread against that black it should show up and give the effect of metallic.
The metallic thread needle won't be specific to your machine. Buy a good quality needle like Schmetz and you'll do fine. I've found that needles are not the place to go cheap. Shocking how much difference such a small thing makes to how your machine behaves. They're going to be lovely. How you post the finished projects and have lots of fun.
Great suggestion to use the gold colored thread in the bobbin. Using metalic in the bobbin is just ... really fussy, tricky!Originally Posted by kristen0112
The only place I can buy fabric/notions around here is Walmart or Online. I didn't find any gold colored thread that I liked at Walmart, because that was my first thought too. The gold colored threads were either too buttery colored or too brown toned for my tastes. They also have an EXTREMELY limited supply of needles. I'm looking for online sources that have reasonable prices.
Look for some nice rayon embroidery thread in gold. Would look really pretty.
Loosen tension almost to 0. The best thread, needle, and tension advice is on Superior's website. Any speciality thread I buy is Superior thread. It's is frustration free if you follow the site directions how to use it.