|Threads courtesy of Brother, Presencia, and Sulky|
Lots of quilters shy away from stitching with metallic threads. They've heard the stories. The thread breaks every 10 stitches, there's no way to get a nice-looking stitch, they're just not worth the trouble. It's all kind of...heavy. But stitching with metallics doesn't have to be a drag. It can be downright fun, and nothing else can give your quilts so much sparkle and shine so easily.
I'm getting notes together for a tip column on this subject for the February/March 2014 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts, so I've been doing my research. Here are some things that I'm finding out really matter when sewing metallics:
- Type of sewing machine needle
- Thread lubricants
- The direction the thread is mounted on the machine
- Thread tension
- Stitch length
- Sewing speed
I've got samples to make this weekend, so if I come up with anything else I'll let you know!