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Thread: Metallic Thread Problem

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    Super Member roseOfsharon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by shopella
    The only trick I have found that works for me is puting the metalic thred in the bobin and a solid that is similar on top like white for silver or tan for gold. then just put the top on bottom and quilt like you normaly would. try it on a sample pice some machines are more fussy and it still dosn't work.
    That is what I learned on one of the quilt show videos as well.

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    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
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    I had the same problem when I FMQ a table runner with metallic. I was using the metallic needle I had to way reduce my top tension then all was well. Good luck and please post a picture of your project when you finally get it to work.

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Expert advice that worked for me:

    Superior Threads GUARANTEES our metallic threads will work in your machine. Follow these two simple guidelines:
    1. Use a Superior Topstitch #90/14 needle with metallic thread.
    2. Adjust the top tension all the way down to a "1."

    See video about using metallic thread in your sewing machine, no matter which brand. http://www.superiorthreads.com/videos/chapter1/
    I am with you on this !!!! I had big trouble with metalic until I found Superior theads , they really are the best and expert. I use metalic all the time now.

    One note: do not forget to use a thread holder ( like the type used for serger thread. It helps to relax the thread and give an even thread tension before it comes to the tension on your machine.)

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    Senior Member OdessaQuilts's Avatar
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    There is an article in the most recent "The Quilting Life" magazine; the whole issue is devoted to threads and how to make them work for you. Check it out if these suggestions don't help you out, but it seems to me that their suggestions were similar to what has already been posted here (use a needle specifically for metallic thread, try to get one with the Teflon, larger eye, slow down, reduce tension ....). Wish I could be more assistance. Good luck.


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    I always use a metallic needle but more important is the thread holder. I move it way behind my machine so the thread feeds easier into the machine. I haven't had to lower the tension.

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