8 Easy Tips for Sewing with Metallic Embroidery Thread
Too often metallic embroidery thread is thought of as hard to sew with. Learning these 8 Easy Tips for Sewing with Metallic Embroidery Thread will make it simple to use metallic threads in your embroidery machine.
1. Not all metallic sewing threads are the same quality. We recommend using Robison-Anton J Metallic high performance metallic sewing thread to minimize interruptions.
2. Make sure the design is properly programmed for metallic thread. The stitch length and stitch density must be adjusted to minimize putting too many stitches in the same location which will cause excessive thread breakage. There are other design limitations when sewing metallic threads. It is not advised to use metallic threads on small lettering where many stitches are being laid over one another.
3. Firstly, to minimize interruptions when sewing with metallic embroidery threads, make sure your equipment is in good running condition. Since the metallic wrapper is rougher than normal embroidery threads, make sure the embroidery machine thread guides and eyelets are free of rough edges and burrs.
4. It is generally recommended to begin sewing metallic threads with a new needle. Ideally, J-Metallic should be sewn with a size 80/12 needle, but if there is fabric damage you can use a 75/11 size needle.
5. Set the machine thread tensions as loose as possible to get the desired stitch appearance. Normally J-Metallic should be sewn with less tension that rayon or polyester embroidery threads to optimize sewing performance.
6. Use a small bobbin thread that is stronger than spun bobbin thread and also minimizes bobbin changes.
7. Metallic threads will sew with fewer interruptions on softer materials and backings. Often it may be necessary to slow the machine speed if excessive thread breakage occurs. A slower machine speed helps facilitate more production due to fewer sewing interruptions.
8. Sometimes an iron-on backing is required after stitching to minimize the rough “hand” of metallic embroidery thread.