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Patrick Posted: Thu, Jun 9 2011 9:35 AM

Do you use metallic threads in your machine quilting or embroidery? What are your favorites? Do you have tips to share with us on how to be successful using metallics? I'd love to hear what you have to say and your comments may be published in a future issue of Quilting Celebrations!

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Kelley replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 6:44 AM

   I love using metallic thread for decorative stitching and quilting. The trick for me is to use a top stitch needle and go slowly when stitching with it. I recently did a small wall hanging from Kim Schaefers book 'Calender Quilts "  using metallic thread  and cyrstals. It turned out very cute.

 

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Patrick replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 11:05 AM

I always use a 90/14 topstitch needle, too, Kelly. The "metallic needles" have never been better than them for me. Have you ever tried using Tri-Flow lubricant on the thread? I don't usually have to stitch any slower than usual and maybe the lubricant is why...?

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Kelley replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 6:46 PM

Patrick:
Have you ever tried using Tri-Flow lubricant

  I have not tried this stuff... Do you have a link?

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Patrick replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 8:02 PM

Here's what I use: http://www.triflowlubricants.com/Tri-Flow_Superior_Drip_Lubricant.html

You can get this at bicycle shops, Sears...even some Viking dealers.

All you do is put a drop, in a line, along the exposed metallic threads on a spool. It takes a TINY amount and I believe it helps the thread glide through the machine and needle. I'm going to try to get some to carry on my website in the future. You can also try Sewer's Aid.

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Kelley replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 8:18 PM

Great Thanks ... I ll try that...

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Stephanie replied on Tue, Jun 14 2011 1:59 PM

My favorite metallic threadsare made by Sulky. I love the hologram shimmers and all of the colors. 

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Patrick replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 5:04 PM

Me, too, Stephanie! I just finished working on a project with the holograms for the next issue of the magazine :)

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Stephanie replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 4:53 AM

Can't wait to see it Patrick. You are so talented and your designs always so cheerful.

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Patrick replied on Tue, Jun 21 2011 10:17 AM

Thanks, very much, Stephanie :)

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