Printwear

July '12

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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those who do it to offer a new service to customers, and a new source of revenue to their accountants. TYPES OF METALLICS From texture to sparkle to color, metallics offer many choices. And, while some are de- signed to solve specific concerns, others de- mand their own set of considerations. The two most popular types of metallic embroi- dery thread are core-wrapped and twisted. The core-wrapped construction is when a metallic foil is wrapped around a core thread, such as a polyester, rayon or nylon. This type of thread comes in many dif- ferent sizes (or weights). The 35 and 40 weights have been around for a long time and are used throughout the industry. The 35 is thicker than the 40 weight, which, in turn, is thicker than a general purpose 40 weight rayon or polyester embroidery thread. For each, the stitch density should be set 10 to 15 percent less than required by a rayon or polyester thread. The twisted type of metallic lends a lot of shimmering and sparkling effects to embroidery designs. This metallic is made with a special twist that gives it a unique textured, almost loose appearance. It is available in 30 weight and 12 weight, in iridescent tones with an almost gem-like quality. Due to the twisted nature of the metallic foil, when light hits the thread, its reflection results in an effect of light danc- ing off it. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS It's imperative that designs for whatever metallic thread is chosen are digitized 2012 JULY PRINTWEAR | 65

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