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Old 08-05-2013, 06:37 PM
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I just finished a Christmas quilt with several fabrics having "Gold" in the design. I thought a golden colored thread would look nice for the stippling. After waiting in line for several minutes I asked two fabric cutters their thoughts about the color I chose. Both thought I should change to the metallic gold to make it shine. I did ask if the metallic thread would work. Both clerks said it should, so I put the polyester thread I had picked out back. As I was paying, I asked the cashier if the metallic thread would be ok for stippling. She did not know for sure, but asked the gal on the next register if the thread she held up would work on "Stiff Linen." I corrected her saying I wanted to do stippling on a quilt, not sew stiff linen. Unfortunately, I bought the thread since four people working at the fabric store agreed it would be fine. It was not! I am returning it tomorrow. It shredded after seven stitches.
What do you use for quilting a top with gold in the design? Mine ranges from white to green to red to black.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:52 PM
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I've used gold colored polyester machine embroidery thread purchased from metroemb.com. It shines and is easier to use than metallic. A different needle might help you with the metallic thread.
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Dunster has recommended a good choice for you to quilt a quilt with.

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:05 PM
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There is a special metallic needle that Schmetz has - it has a groove in the front of the needle that the thread lays in which helps prevent shredding. I occasionally use metallic in the bobbin and quilt from the back. Wind the metallic thread on a bobbin and use whatever thread matches the back in the needle. You might have to tighten up the top tension a bit, so practice on a scrap quilt first. Looks beautiful!
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:24 PM
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As stated a metallic needle makes all the difference. The second is how the thread is coming off the spool. If its a cone use a cone holder...Note if its a short cone .. elevate it so it does not wrap around the spindle .. I use another spool of thread under the short cone. The third is your tension.. many times I have to loosen the tension with metallic thread. I too have found using embroidery thread to be easier to free motion quilt.
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Also use a thread conditioner. I used all the processes above and the thread conditioner when I quilted a wallhanging. It worked great.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:34 PM
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I have used the metallic threads but there are a couple of things to do first. I put sew ease on the spool of thread and that helps a lot but I slow my speed down quite abut and it works well for me. Also make sure their is no rough spot on the needle
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:44 PM
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Go to the Superior Thread website. There's lots of info. about what to do to use metallics.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:16 PM
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I stipple with metallics quite a lot. It's no different than stippling with any other thread other than I go a bit slower.

BUT you do need to use good quality thread (I like Superior) and either a Metallic or Topstitch needleusually in a 90/14. These needles have a larger eye and the Metallic one has a special coating to help prevent fraying. I find that my top tension has to be a bit looser too.

If you're using good quality thread and the correct needle, I think your top tension was too tight for the thread - I've had this before.

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The fact that NONE of the people you asked in the fabric store suggested you need a special needle for metallic threads says a lot! I have a feeling you were not in a quilt shop but a big box store. (the "stiff linen also says volumes!). That should have given you a bit of a clue they had no idea what you were trying to do or how to go about doing it.

First time I bought metallic at an LQS as soon as the lady saw it in my hand, she said you need special needles for that. I think you will notice a huge difference once you buy the metallic thread needles, loosen your top tension a bit and slow down. Hope you bought several spools because the metallics tend to have less yardage per spool and a stipple will use up a lot of metallic in a very short period of time. I went through almost two spools doing a table runner.

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