by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

the best look. I have found 1000M spools at Thread Art, for $3.95 per spool, and I have seen comperable spools for as much as $11.95 per spool. Now...If I get the $3.95 spools...am I going to have the thread shreading an breaking thousands of times? Of course, I'd love to keep the cost down, but I don't want to end up so frustrated by thread breakage, that I end up ruining the projects, and having to replace the linens. Does anyone have any recomendations as to what metallic threads are best to use? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

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by marjialexa Moderator 15 Aug 2009

I use Robison Anton metallic, and have no problem with it, with a metallic needle for a lot of sewing, but if it's just a little embellishment of metallic on a design, I don't even bother to change needles. Of course, you would want to have the metallic, with as much as you're going to be doing. I'v included a link to Jerrilyn's answer to a post by Celticlady, asking about the thread guide. It shows how the packing peanut is used. Good luck to you, show the project when you're done, and happy anniversary to your parents. Quite a milestone! Hugs, Marji

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thanks so much! I do, indeed, want to use teh special needle, because I'll be doing a lot more than small embellishments. Thanks for the link. I'm very curious about teh packing peanuts!

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by bethelb 15 Aug 2009

Metalic thread runs better for me if I use the thread guide that stand alone from the embroidery machine . Like the one you would use for your large 5500m cones. I have found that the ebay site for Sothern threads has a huge cone for 10.00 that is good . It also comes in 6 colors . I run it on a PC8500.

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thank you! I'm going top look into Southern threads. I actually rinted off a picture of a thread stand and had my Dad make me a few. LOL! He had no clue it was mostly for the fact that I wanted it for the metallic thread I'd be using for his anniversary linens.

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by prampelb 15 Aug 2009

I used two types of metalic threads and to my surprise, the cheapest one was better than the expensive one I purchased in a specialised shop... There is only one solution to know if the cheap one is god: make a sample on the same fabric if possible, try it, wash it a couple of times and decide... My good metalic thread was $8 for a 5000M spool... Be careful to adapt your stitches density for metallic threadm they are a lot thicker than normal and I believe a lot of braks are due to too high density... Hoping this helps... Pat

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thank you so much! I deffinately wanted to do a test design. It's good to know that I don't necessarily have to spend a fortune to have a nicer outcome.

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by claudenicolas 15 Aug 2009

I have used metallic thread of the brand thread delight which was cheap also, i have taken needles special for metallic thread, and I have reduce the speed, I had been surprised to have no problem of thread broken. But sure other cuties have more experience than me on that subject.

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thank you so much! I completely forgot about using the special needles for metallic thread! I'm so glad you reminded me about it!!

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by quiltgrama 15 Aug 2009

Threas art is ok have never used their metalic. I use the regualar poly for line work. Not great but ok. I use Marathon thread metalic and it is wonderful.
also find Geri-Lyns post on using a packing peanut for metalic thread.

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thank You! If their thread is just OK, I don't think I want to go that direction. This is really a spec ial project, and I don't want to take any chance of messing it up. What are Packing Peanuts supposed to do?? How are you supposed to use them? I work for FedEx, so I can always get packing peanuts!

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by shirlener88 15 Aug 2009

Colleen, I have never had a bit of trouble with the metallic thread that I bought at: The Embroidery Store - 1-800-504-9757

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waterlily by waterlily 15 Aug 2009

Thank you so much Shirlene! I'm on my way to check it out now!

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