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« on: December 28, 2013 06:28:21 PM »

Has anyone worked with filament before? Any tips on working with it?

I'm currently working on a Disney Dreams by Thomas Kinkade cross stitch kit and it involves tweeding with different colors of filament.  It slows me down so much because I have to be so careful to not let it knot or fray. 

It will be great once it is done, but for the time being it is very frustrating! haha
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013 04:12:05 AM »

I have embroidered with it and it is a pain but the end result is worth it. It does fray and can easily break.

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013 11:13:26 PM »

One of the cross stitch magazines I read suggested putting shiny specialty threads, like the filaments, in the freezer and stitching with them bit by bit that way.  I have no idea if it really helps or not, but it might be worth a try. 

Also do a few stitches, then let your needle dangle to take out kinks or knots.  Thread Heaven conditioner might help it slide a little better too.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2014 05:27:00 PM »

Ditto the Thread Heaven. Also, work with short lengths. This will help prevent it snagging and knotting up.

I would also suggest a cheap pair of scissors to cut the metallics with. I never use my 'good' embroidery scissors with metallic threads as the metallics can wear down the blades faster than regular cotton embroidery floss and silks can. I keep a cheap pair of them in my bag for just snipping metallic threads.



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