July '12

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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WHAT WEIGHT? The properties of all the different weights are each individ- ual. Here, then, is a list of the weights both core-wrapped and twisted metallic are available in and suggestions for possible uses. Remember that, when referring to thread weight, the greater the number, the lighter the thread. #12 and # 15 Whether core-wrapped (smooth, #15) or twisted (multi-faceted surface, #12), both are heavyweight threads. They are best for very long stitches, used as a border or accent. Number 15 is often used for decorative seams on home furnishings or denim. While decorative, it is very strong and durable. Supertwist 12 is shimmery and creates a voluminous or raised effect. #20 An elegant, soft metallic made from spun rayon wrapped with a metallic foil, #20 is another heavy thread. It lends itself to outlining and accent stitches. Colors appear "antiqued" or "retro" in their ap- pearance. #30 Smooth The exclusive twist construction and double-layer protection make this the most abrasion-resistant thread in the industry. A true specialty thread, it was developed for outdoor exposure, chlorine and bleaching. It can withstand commer- cial laundering, making it suitable for use on uniforms and linens, and will stand up to work wear, canvas and sporting goods. #30 Twist The strong nylon core and genuine me- tallic base ensure smooth running and shimmering appearance on everything from denim to heavy upholstery to bath towels or decorative seams. Unique in the industry, this thread is the right choice for embroiderers looking for a lot of person- ality for spirit wear, dance costumes, or anywhere decoration is key. #35 This reliable metallic is used for decora- tive stitching in open designs. It fills in well and can be used on almost any fabric. Using even a small amount in a design will add glitter and shine. #40 From fine drapery material to coarse upholstery fabric, this metallic is a high performer. It is thicker than a standard #40 embroidery thread, but can be digi- tized into more design space, fills well, and performs on industrial machines. Its razor-thin Polyamide core provides strength, while its appearance is designed for sophisticated embroidery designs. #45 Using an aluminum coating rather than pure silver, this metallic is more economical, while retaining a strong, durable construction. A reduction of the metalized wrapping produces a slightly thinner thread than the #35, and allows the trilobal polyester core to gleam. The resulting two-tone color creates an almost "tarnished" effect with antique tones. #50 The industry's thinnest metallic thread, this thread will run as smoothly as a general-purpose #40 embroidery thread. Use it for letters smaller than 5mm and small detail. It is designed for fine monograms and filigree embroidery work. Due to its ease, versatility and ca- pabilities, if you've never tried a metallic before, begin with #50. pw 2012 JULY PRINTWEAR | 67 Use INFO # 145

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