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    help with using metallic thread

    I want to use metallic thread on some blocks that I've appliqued. What size needle is the best? Should stitch size be changed? is there anything else I need to know? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    There's a metallic needle... I think it's just called that. I'd stitch slow and definitely do a sample first ;-) you might need to adjust your bobbin tension (metallic thread goes in the top and a plain thread in the bobbin). Adjust tension so bobbin thread doesn't show.

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    My sister bought metallic thread at a show last week and the stallholder's advice was to put the tension on 1 and use a topstitch needle.

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    I use metallic thread quite a bit, including FMQ. If you don't have a metallic needle (these have a coated eye to help prevent fraying), then a Topstitch needle has the same size eye.

    I have used metallic in the bobbin too, but if you don't need the effect, then an ordinary polyester is fine. I'm not a fan of poly, but for metallics I find it a little less 'grippy'.

    I would use at least a 90/14 and you will have to loosen your top tension - you may be surprised by how much. I've not had to change stitch size, but I do sew slower than normal at a steady pace. Happy quilting
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    Go to superior thread.com for info on using metallic thread.

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    I think the key is to purchase the best quality thread possible. I agree with others that using a metallic and a strong thread in the bobbin are important. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads View Post
    My sister bought metallic thread at a show last week and the stallholder's advice was to put the tension on 1 and use a topstitch needle.
    Any time I use metallic thread, I use a a topstitch needle - even in machine embroidery. It has a larger eye and a longer grove - minimizing shredding. Play with the Tension on a practice piece until you are happy.
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    I use to quilt often with metallic thread. I found back in the old days (late 90s) that a metallic thread called YENMET gave me no problems. I also used a Schmetz Metallic needle and All Purpose Sewers Aid (bought at JAF) putting a few drops on the metallic to ease the thread thru the DSM. Good Luck.
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    ditto to much of the above

    Also ... depending on your machine, there might be a different way to thread the machine for metallic vs. non-metallic threads. You also might have a silicone lubricant pad, that the thread runs thru. It will help cut down on the static electricity that builds in the thread.


    I did some metallic FMQing in the winter and struggled my way thru it. Later, I learned that not all metallic threads are equal and I had probably chosen one of the least desirable!!! Lesson Learned ... next time, I will buy the thread from my sewing machine dealer and do the discussion up-front, instead of once, I am in the thick of using it .... and getting frustrated!
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    Thank you so much for all the help everyone, if I get brave enough today, I might tackle this. Otherwise, I'll sandwich quilts.

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