May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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EMBROIDERY THREAD GUIDE Right: Metallic thread offers a higher perceived value. (Image courtesy Ricoma) Below: Smooth metallic thread offers shine and durability. (Design by Bonnie Nielsen, image courtesy Madeira USA) Specialty: Thick Thread Specialty: Metallic PROS Creates a hand- embroidered effect Volume and texture Quick fill Thick thread offers a hand-embroidered effect. (Design by Bonnie Nielsen, image courtesy Madeira USA) 62 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 BEST USES Knitwear Chenille Loop pile or chain stitch embroidery Realistic/artistic embroidery Decorative seams CONS Requires needle change Slows down the machine Not appropriate for all fabrics PROS Adds sparkle and dimension Higher perceived value Smooth metallic offers durability CONS Tends to kink and coil causing thread breaks Requires slower speeds to prevent breakage Requires specialty needle for best results Requires special tension adjustments and care Rough on skin Not all metallics are appro- priate for all fabrics BEST USES Denim Performance costumes and apparel for dance and color guard teams Wedding embroidery Holiday embroidery

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