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How to Use Metallic Thread on a Sewing Machine

Metallic thread can add a decorative touch to garments and home decorations; but it will not always run through a sewing machine properly. The delicate metallic fibres that make the thread decorative, fray and break easily. While it is sometimes possible to use this thread on a sewing machine without buying extra equipment; sometimes the extras are necessary. Fabric and sewing supply stores carry the items that can increase the likelihood of successful sewing with metallic designer threads.

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  1. Ease the upper thread tension by turning the tension dial down to 2 or 3. Light tension is less likely to break delicate thread.

  2. Set the stitch length to 3, or to the machine's longest stitch.

  3. Sew slowly, so the thread does not tighten up and pull through the needle's eye too quickly.

  4. Fill the bobbin with metallic thread. Put regular thread on the top of the machine. Turn the fabric upside down when sewing, so the metallic thread ends up on the face, or right side of the fabric.

  5. Mount the thread stand with the overhead hook on the machine according to the directions that come with the stand.

  6. Pull two feet of thread from the spool and feed the thread end through the centre of the thread spool net. Place the spool on the thread stand. Feed the thread through the overhead hook and thread the machine as you normally would.

  7. Install the large-eye needle in the sewing machine by loosening the needle screw. Slide the old needle out, slide the new needle in, and tighten the needle screw with the screw driver.

  8. Tip

    If you find the thread is breaking over and over again, no matter what you do, it can be due to the thread having been pulled too tightly in the spooling stage of manufacturing. Try pulling five arm lengths of the thread off the spool and then try sewing again.

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Things You'll Need

  • Thread stand with overhead hook (optional)
  • Thread spool net (optional)
  • 1 - size 90 or larger, large-eye metallic thread needle (optional)
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Laure Justice

Laure Justice is a professional copywriter, since 2008. Justice has a broad-based business education, holding an AA in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in management, plus certifications in accounting and international trade. She has written for GMC, Bounty Paper Towels, Purina's Petcentric, Colgate, Type F, Kudzu, eHow and many others.

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