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Topic: The Secret: Embroidery with METALLIC thread, wanna know?  (Read 5217 times)
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BeatnikChick
« on: April 21, 2008 04:29:52 PM »

I've been avoiding using metallic threads because of all the complaints that others have been posting, however, I didn't have a single problem working with it today. 

Wanna know the secret?

I was working on plain white cotton fabric (men's white cotton handkerchief).

I chose a nice thick needle (size number 1) with a short but wide eye for embroidery.  (Was going to use a needle with a longer eye, but this was perfect.)

I used a sliver DMC Craft Thread (number 6283) (FYI: Gold DMC Craft Thread is number 6282). 

I took just slightly larger stitches than I normally do, still using a stem stitch.

It was soooooooo easy, I am ashamed that I put off using this in embroidery because of the bad vibe I was getting... but this kicks it!   Don't be afraid to try something new...

I think the key really is the thick needle... it pushes the warp and weft of the fabric away so that the thread passes through like a breeze!  KILLER COOL! 

I will post a photo of this work soon, I've put in way more than 25 hours into this little piece I've been working on, and it's almost finished... CAN'T WAIT!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008 10:13:42 PM »

I'll have to try your method. Thanks for the postive about metalic thread! I can't wait to see your work.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008 04:23:53 PM »

i use DMC metallic hand embroidery thread and i've never had a problem! it doesn't come in too many colors but i've seen gold, red, green, black and silver
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008 07:29:21 PM »

i use DMC metallic hand embroidery thread and i've never had a problem! it doesn't come in too many colors but i've seen gold, red, green, black and silver

Yeah, go figure?!  I was all worked up about everyone complaining about it, and it was killer easy!?  hmmmm wonder what the issues are?
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008 08:50:29 AM »

For me it's a pain to thread first off, then it gets bunchy and the stitches don't look clean. I'm sure it's the stitch that I am doing.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008 10:26:27 AM »

Thanks for the needle advice!  I tried it once and my biggest trouble was it shredding my fabric (muslin).  I felt like I was embroidering with razor wire.  However, a fat needle makes sense to help avoid that, as well as longer stitches - mine were very close together.
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2008 04:04:15 PM »

great advice!!
the larger needle makes so much sense Roll Eyes.
i think my problem is that i was using cheap-o metallic threads. they would split, get all bunchy and knotty or was like 'razor wire' (good analogy..it's so true)
 i've just started doing embroidery and i wasn't sure if i was going to like it... now that i'm totally addicted, i'm going to invest in some good thread...
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2008 02:54:51 PM »

Hmmm, I'll have to try the metallic thread again.  It's been a long time since I've used it and the primary reason I gave up is that it would knot up quickly and break off occasionally.  Sounds like I need to buy better quality thread1 
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2008 03:35:23 PM »

great advice!!
the larger needle makes so much sense Roll Eyes.
i think my problem is that i was using cheap-o metallic threads. they would split, get all bunchy and knotty or was like 'razor wire' (good analogy..it's so true)
 i've just started doing embroidery and i wasn't sure if i was going to like it... now that i'm totally addicted, i'm going to invest in some good thread...


One other thing is I didn't pull my thread incredibly tight, that helped with it not snapping too... I tried to re-thread my needle once and it did snap the metallic thread in the strand, but after that, I re-threaded the needle again kept my stitches just taught enough and it worked like a charm!   
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2008 09:38:49 AM »

Thanks for all the tips, I'll finally be able to make use of them.  I think what I bought was mtallic thread, I bought DMC Pearlescent Effects  E3747.  It's such a nice light sparkly blue.  Although the ends are a wee bit frayed, it looks like I could divide the threads, I think there are 6 total.  I bought the Aunt Martha "Eskimo Cuties" pattern at my local fabric store today and I though that the sparkly blue would look great for her igloo and ice. 

Question:  Do the Metallic Threads and Pearlescent Effects wash well?  I've washed & dried other projects I've made with DMC embroidery floss and everything has come out great.  How do the metallic threads and pearlescent effects hold up?
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