May '14

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All That Glitters 7 Tips for MeTallic Threads Feeling apprehensive about using metallic thread? Mark Hatton, American & Efird, has some tips to make pro- duction easier: • When using metallics, make sure the design is properly programmed. Adjust the stitch length and density to minimize the amount of stitches in the same location. Excessive thread breaks are a result of too many stitches in one spot. • Know the design limitations of metallic threads. For ex- ample, metallics are difficult for small lettering, where many stitches are being laid over each other. • Because the metallic wrap- per is rougher than normal embroidery threads, make sure the machine thread guides and needle eyelets are free of rough edges and burrs. • Generally, it is best to use a new needle with metallic threads. • Set the machine thread tensions as loose as possible to get the desired stitch appearance. • Run at slower speeds. In many cases, this facilitates better production due to fewer stitching interruptions. • Use an iron-on backing to minimize the rough "hand" of metallics. 20 1 4 M Ay prinTwear | 73 pw Above: Adding metallic thread to a design or logo gives it a unique richness. Below: Matte finish em- broidery thread that is made of polyester offers vivid colors that will not only hold up to bleach, but extreme sunlight as well. (Images courtesy Madeira USA) PW_MAY14.indd 73 4/17/14 9:52 AM

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