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Thread: HELP! FMQ with metallic thread..

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    Senior Member raspberryparade09's Avatar
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    HELP! FMQ with metallic thread..

    I've not done much FMQ, but I have a wall hanging that needs to be done. I wanted to use a metallic thread, but it keeps breaking. I've tried several brands of thread - and different needles - ones for metallic thread, sharps, micro tex, etc. but it seems I just can't find the right combination to sew without the thread breaking. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    Have you tried sewers aid, and loosening the tension

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    Try putting the spool in a large cup or jar, setting the jar on the floor, and letting the thread relax before it gets to the machine. Also you can try threading the metallic through a styrofoam p-nut (with a needle) then threading the machine as usual (I would still use the jar).

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    Also you can try using a top stitch size 12 needle.
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    I don't know if this would be possible, but you might want to put the metallic thread in the bobbin only and quilt it upside down. There's a whole lot less stress on the bobbin thread than the top thread.
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    suggest you search on the thread company's web site and perhaps ask the question. Also consult the sewing machine company. Breakage should not happen.

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    I've had the best luck with Superior's metallic thread. It's very strong and doesn't unwind or tangle. I usually don't use it in the bobbin but you could depending the look you want on the back. Definitely lower your tension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting View Post
    I've had the best luck with Superior's metallic thread. It's very strong and doesn't unwind or tangle. I usually don't use it in the bobbin but you could depending the look you want on the back. Definitely lower your tension.
    I love Superiors metallic thread too and have the best sucess with it. I also position the coneand holder as far away as I can , loosen the tension, and use a metallic needle. Slowing the speed a bit also helps the thread to have some time to relax before going through the tension disks and needle.

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    Use a lage top stitch needle.Schmetz 90/12 Unfortunately I do not kow the brand of metallic thread but the one that is wound around regular thread as a core works well. Do not use it in the bobbin. Use something that is not too thick like Aurafil.
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    I used to have that problem a lot. Use a needle with a large eye and a groove for the thread, such as Microtex. You need to really really loosen your tension beyond what you would think would work. Also, as suggested above by dolphyngyrl, try Sewer's Ease. Use it sparingly on the spool and re=apply it as the thread it is touching gets used. Good luck and don't give up!

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