September’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge over at SewCalGal’s site was provided by Paula Reid. Paula came to my local guild several years back and made a lasting impression on me. Gotta love the hair for one thing! The girl knows how to quilt and has so many practical ideas on how to make quilting easier-I’ve followed her since. September’s Challenge was to quilt this stencil motif of a Feathered Wreath. I despise marking, have I mentioned that before?! I decided to up the challenge by using metallic thread. I have learned, the hard way of course, that you HAVE to use quality metallic thread or you’re gonna have trouble. I used Superior Glitter and had zero problems.
USING METALLIC THREADS:
There are a couple of basic principles for using metallic thread without fear:
-Use a topstitch or metallic needle-they are Exactly. The. Same. I used Superior’s Titanium Coated Topstitch needle-size 80.
-Use a great bobbin thread-I used Superior’s Highlights-odd choice, but it was already in my bobbin, grin!
-Metallics are wound straight on the spool so make sure you orient the spool so that the thread comes off the side of the spool.
-It helps to place the spool away from your machine a ways so that any kinks in the thread can work themselves out before going through your machine.
-Go a bit slower than normal-metallics appreciate that!-I make my stitches a bit longer than normal. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the tiny stitches on the top line don’t let enough of the shine through-longer stitches highlight the shine.
-You absolutely positively must use good thread. The Glitter that I used is solid metallic, but some are wrapped around a poly core and that will give you fits.See how this one frays and it’s not even in your needle yet? That’s because this is metallic wrapped around poly. What do you think this thread is going to do on your quilt? I am trying to decide what project is next and this is the result-this ever happen to you?