Saturday Sewing: Working with Metallic threads

We recently had an Instagram Live with Celine about Metallic threads. There was a request during the Live to offer you the information in a written format. Here it is. Thank you, Celine.

Collection of 8 Madeira Metallic thread in gift box – available at your Janome or Elna Canada dealer

In response of your question on Janome Canada Instagram Live on June 18th, here are some rules that you should follow when you embroider with metallic thread:

(These same “rules” apply to sewing with metallic thread on a sewing machine. Ed)

  • Set Menu > embroidery mode  > tension > auto -1.  Reduce from auto to -1.
  • Speed > 400spm. This is the slowest speed so we recommend you reduce to the slowest for best results.
  • Automatic thread cutter > Switch it off
  • Needle > Janome Red Tip or Janome Topstitch needle
  • Spool stand > Janome  5 thread or 2 thread spool stand.
  • Design > Choose designs that have light and NOT dense digitizing.
  • We recommend our Collection of Madeira metallic thread (pic above)
  • Embroidery > You can use built-in embroidery designs and add/edit small simple or line designs. Stitch part of the design with metallics. In other words, why not combine maybe denser designs stitched with regular poly embroidery thread with other parts with metallics?

The first sample is a tiled embroidery collection where many hoopings are sewed together afterwards according to the instructions from the designer Anita Good Design. 

Make sure you have a big quantity of metallic thread BEFORE you start this project. I used a Silk/Cotton fabric to ensure the high value of the embroidery. The frame around the tiles is a brown fabric with the designs embroidered in gold metallic to match the fabric.

A similar tiled design is this one which we featured on janomelife earlier this year. This is an OESD design called Picturesque Peacock. I used some metallic thread in this tiled design (tail feathers) but not nearly as much as the beautiful gold wall hanging above which was pretty much all metallic

In this sample that I embroidered during the Instagram live, I used a built-in design from the Janome MC550E and I combined different threads: regular embroidery thread and metallic thread. First, I embroidered a big design with the SQ hoop and then I added small design ( also built-in).  I positioned them at different places in the big design.

The red circles are small built-in designs and they are totally embroidered with metallic thread. The two red arrows indicate the other part of the design embroidered with metallic thread.

Illustration of the built-in design that I used during IG.  Built-in design from the Janome MC550E

Tip: To avoid thread breakage, enlarge the design in the ‘edit’ window of your machine between  5% and 20%; your stitches will be less dense and this will help to avoid the breakage and the design will still look full.

Embroider with varigated metallic thread top and bottom: fabric 45% silk/ 55% cotton

Project from Pinterest

Please visit your authorized Janome Canada dealer to buy your collection of Madeira metallic thread, your Madeira stabilizer and your Janome red tip needles!

Written by Celine and edited by Liz

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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