Metallic thread can add sparkly embellishment to any design -- and can be especially appropriate for festive occasions, outshining everything else with that extra shimmering touch.|
Metallic threads can present certain challenges. Here are some tips that will help to keep your stitching trouble-free.
One task that causes the most fraying when using metallic thread is when you have to thread the needle. You should choose a needle with a larger eye so that it is easier to thread. Also, you can try folding the thread over so it forms a loop and putting the end of the loop through the eye of the needle.
Use a Larger Needle
One type of thread known for unravelling is the chainette. When the thread unravels it can leave unsightly threads dangling from the project. Therefore, it is helpful to use a larger needle and a straight up and down motion with this type of metallic thread. The up and down motion keeps the thread from being dragged across the fabric. The larger needle creates a bigger hole so that there is less friction on the thread. Less friction means less fraying.
Consider buying Thread Heaven to keep the metallic thread smooth and prevent fraying. If you cannot find the product at your local craft store you can also use a clear fingernail polish at the ends of the thread.
Stitch with Care
When you use metallic threads, stitch more slowly and more attentively, and use a needle big enough to open the hole in the fabric enough, so as to allow the thread to go through the hole easily. Stitch, using the 'stab' method -- working your stitches in two movements -- up vertically, and then down, vertically through the fabric.
Prevent Twisting Threads
Allow the needle to hang frequently from the fabric, so that the thread can untwist. Consider turning the needle to half-twist as you bring the needle out of the fabric, to prevent the thread from curling.
Save the Best for Last
Metallic threads add that special touch to any project. If you want certain areas of your project to really stand out, metallic thread draws the eye to that area. Yet the thread tends to be more challenging to work with, so you will want to save it for the last part of your cross stitch project. This way all of your other work is done and you can minimize the friction on your metallic thread. It will minimise fraying and add a polished finish to your project.
You can vary the amount of shine, too, by varying the amount of strands of metallic thread that you use. More strands produce more sheen.
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