The texture, type and weight of thread can dramatically impact the appearance of an embroidery design – are you making the right choices for your projects?
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Metallic thread is one of those things we "love to hate." We love the look of metallic thread but it can sometimes be frustrating to embroider with.
I'll share some tips and tricks I've learned over the years to get great results. These tips work with any thread and most are just plain good "best practices" for any embroidery.
If you've ever sewn with metallic thread, you know they can be frustrating. They kink, the break, they ravel, they shred, and they're scratchy. As a result, metallic has become known as the "thread we love to hate." We love the beauty and elegance, but we hate their idiosyncrasies.
Wouldn't you love to love metallic thread again? You can! There's a new kid on the block! One that's soft, smooth, non-scratchy, sews like Rayon, and comes in 52 yummy colors! How does it get any better?
There a lots of things to love about Hemingworth thread:
- Vibrant, lustrous shades in tri-lobal polyester
- The unique thread cap that protects the thread from dust, oils from your fingers, and bruising
- The label that tells you the thread color, thread name, and even the thread sequence number (that little number to the right of the bar code)
- The three drawer thread stackable thread chest with the built-in thread organizer that doubles as a thread dispenser.
In the previous post, What are Birdnests? we looked at what a birdnest is and the potential damage it can cause.
In this sequel we'll look at five common causes of birdnests so we know the signs and can avoid them. Also, I'll cover some tips on how to repair minor damage. As with many problems, prevention can save you time, money, and frustration.
Birdnests are not only annoying, they reduce productivity and can potentially ruin the entire project. What are birdnests? How do you prevent them? How do you recover from them? Find out here!
Ahh, metallics! So pretty to look at and so pretty frustrating to sew.
Have you tried sewing or embroidering with metallic threads only to have them snap and shred? If so, you may find yourself avoiding using these beautiful eye-catching fibers as embellishments in your projects. By implementing these 9 proven tips, you can improve your results quickly and easily!
The purpose of this article is not to cover the entire science of how thread is manufactured along with the details of every potential embroidery thread available. Instead, we'll give you a brief overview of how to select and use common embroidery threads.
Your thread tensions may be balanced but they may not be optimal. Overly tight tensions can cause puckers and registration problems.
This is one gadget that is on my must-have list of top embroidery machine accessories.
On first glance, you might think it's no different from those thread stands you buy at the sewin store to use with larger cones of thread but there's one significant difference: the spool pin on this one telescopes.
Thread breaks are annoying at best and can happen for a variety of reasons. When they are seemingly continuous they not only waste a lot of time but they can suck the joy right out of a project.
Unfortunately, thread breaks are rather like snowflakes, no two are alike. OK, that may be a stretch, but there are myriad causes. Most can be resolved quickly while others require a little more patience and diligence.