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Thread: metallic thread

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    When using metallic thead for free motion quilting on christmas projects do you use regular cotton thread in the bobbin or the metallic thread. Have never used it before. Any suggestions?

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    I use cotton bobbin thread.

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    Cotton in the bobbin is right.

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    I use bottom line in the bobbin and a needle meant for metallic threads.

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    What is the trick to metallic thread? Is there a particular brand that is better than most? I have both a Brother 1500 and a Pfaff (with IDT) and use a metallic needle and cotton in the bobbin, but have no luck...the thread ALWAYS breaks in both machines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbrdunn
    What is the trick to metallic thread? Is there a particular brand that is better than most? I have both a Brother 1500 and a Pfaff (with IDT) and use a metallic needle and cotton in the bobbin, but have no luck...the thread ALWAYS breaks in both machines!
    I have the same thing happen to me too.

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    Here are some tips for Superior threads,.
    I hope this helps you. Scroll down to the metallic thread Q & A :D:D:D

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/blog/

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    I love metallic thread but it doesn't love me. Sigh.

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    I use Superior's Metallic threads, Bottom Line in the bobbin, 90/14 topstitch needle. It always stitches beautifully.

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    I have had fabulous luck with Superior's metallic thread. I use Bottom Line in the bobbin and a metallic needle. Don't give up...just go a little slower, perhaps.

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    thanks for all your suggestions. the website helped.

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    I had the same problem with metallics, my viking dealer told me to when threading the machine, skip the first hook on the top and continue threading like normal, i've not had a problem with metallics since i started doing that. (if that makes sense to you lol)

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    I was just at the Houston Quilt Show, and I have been having the same problem with my metalic thread, one site reccommended putting the thread in a bowl and letting it reel out from there, that did help a lot, I only broke once per pattern doing it that way. But at the show I asked one of the vendors and the Floriani threads are coated so that they wont fray and break. I haven't tried them personally yet but here is their website
    http://www.floriani.com/

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    I will try that on mine, because they are beautiful, and I bought 20 rolls last year that I would love to use up b4 I go buy the Floriani
    Quote Originally Posted by denilynne
    I had the same problem with metallics, my viking dealer told me to when threading the machine, skip the first hook on the top and continue threading like normal, i've not had a problem with metallics since i started doing that. (if that makes sense to you lol)

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    I also have found if you can to slow down the machine speed.

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    use a special needle made for metalics and you have to slow way down. they really do not work in really fast running machines, stretch and break but if you go slow, and use the right needle they are beautiful to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    use a special needle made for metalics and you have to slow way down. they really do not work in really fast running machines, stretch and break but if you go slow, and use the right needle they are beautiful to use!
    I have a Janome 6600 and use the metallic in both the top and bottom and haven't had a problem. Maybe loosing up your tension will help.

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