I decided to explore some more of the decorative stitches on my machine and I found one that was perfect! This is a maple leaf decorative stitch which was perfect for my new pattern Maple Leaf! (Coming soon!)
I used the fusible binding method, found in the links on my web called the Bindings/Finishing page, and then wanted to add a bit more design. I already stitched the leaf and the background with the gold, Coats & Clark, thread I mentioned in an earlier post so I wanted more. I did this maple leaf decorative stitch all the way around with this thread and no breaking or shredding. YAY!
After my last post about how good the Coats and Clark gold thread was, I tried two more gold threads by other makers that I had here in San Diego. You do not want to know the words that came out of my mouth while trying to sew with them! AHHHHH. Breakage, some shredding and the thread kept coming out of the needle. No matter what I tried the Sulky thread did not like my machine. The tension was too tight and no matter what I did to adjust it...it didn't help. Now mind you I am sewing on a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 here in San Diego and in Vermont I have my Viking Quilt Designer (can't afford a Bernina...) but still it shouldn't be so hard! Of course I forgot my Coats and Clark gold metallic thread in Vermont so I used what I had here! Wrong! So I got in the car and went to the local WalMart...yes, Walmart has that gold thread I said was so good earlier, (embroidery style by Coats and Clark). I picked up some gold as well as some silver thread. The silver worked very well and the only problem I found was when I used the automatic cutter. Not sure why but when I did not use the cutter then there were no issues. Anyway...here is a sneak peek at the corner of one of my new patterns. The dragonfly needed the silver thread and I love it. Not even close to being done but thought I would share. It's taking a lot longer to put these samples together!!!!
Note: To read the post on the gold thread and this in the future just go to the right side of my blog and click on Metallic Thread.
I've been working on one of the patterns for my new line coming out this summer and I'm trying gold thread. I love the look and I found that I didn't have to worry about what brand to use. I just grabbed good old Coats & Clark and it worked perfectly. No snags or breaks!!! I'm very happy about that!! Do you have issues with metallic thread? What have you found that works?
On this piece I used a Schmetz #75 Embroidery needle and did not drop my feed dogs. I lightened the presser foot tension so I could just move the material freely under the needle while still having some tension. The thread has a nice body to it and does not have a twist on the end as you can see. I am happy with it!
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