Illuminations Machine Metallics|
$5.50 ($5.00) / 500m spool
Machine Stitching with Metallic Threads
Our Illuminations metallic threads have a polyester core thatís wrapped with a thin layer of metallic material. I have worked with metallic thread for many, many years. Here are some of the best tips and techniques I have learned.
Tension and Stitch Length The best tension for satin stitching with metallic thread is about a 2 or 3 on most machines. These are the settings used to sew appliques or buttonholes. Lengthen the stitch from a 2 to a 2.5 or 3. By loosening the tension and lengthening the stitch, there is less chance of the thread making a "birdís nest" (packing in one place) and breaking. Practise on a scrap of fabric before sewing to ensure best results.
Use a 90 or 100 for the best results but if you are working on finer fabrics, try the 70 or 80.
I also recommend Titanium coated topstitch style needles from Superior Threads. These needles have an ultra-thin coat of titanium nitride layered on the surface to extend their productive life by five to eight times that of conventional needles. You can buy them in 70/10, 80/12, 90/14 and 100/16
There really is nothing scarey about using metallic threads. The effects are well worth it.