Quick Tip December 2018
I love the glitter of metallic thread! It’s perfect for creating projects that sparkle and shine. Here are some simple tips for sewing shimmering decorative stitches with Brother Metallic Threads:
- Reduce the tension by approximately one whole number when stitching with metallic thread.
- Use a specially designed size 12 metallic needle or size 12 top-stitch needle for best results on woven fabrics.
- Stabilize fabric as needed for decorative stitching.
- Metallic thread is thinner than regular thread. If your machine has an option for changing the density of the stitch, try setting the stitch for a higher density when stitching with metallic thread. For an alternative, shorten the stitch length slightly.
- Sew decorative stitches at a consistent, even pace, sewing at a slow to medium speed.
- For stitches that show only on the top side, you can use metallic in the needle and use Brother bobbin thread or Brother polyester embroidery thread in the bobbin. Choose a thread color that blends with the actual metallic color. Embroidery thread compliments the metallic thread because it is thin and strong.
- For a reversible stitch, you can wind a bobbin with the metallic thread.
- Satin style decorative stitches are particularly attractive when sewn with Brother metallic thread. The stitching area is larger and there is more space for the thread to shine.
- Test all stitches on fabric scraps. Experiment with different length and width settings to vary the look of decorative stitches.