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Re: Metallic Threads

by stitchingmae » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:33 pm

I thought people were just being picky when they were complaining of DMC metallic threads, but since I have used them..its like stitching with the hair from the mane of a horse...so stiff and frays. LoL.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by Cook » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:50 pm

When you speak of Madeira thread do you mean the thread on sewing machine spools used in Embroidery machines? I hope so as I have a brand new box of shiny colors.
 
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Re: Metallic Threads

by Spangoid » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:18 pm

A huge thank you to every one who has posted tips! I have 2 DMC kits that use metallics and I was really nervous about it but today I decided to give it a shot and yep, they are horrible with how rough and stiff they are, but I have to say I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting!
 
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Re: Metallic Threads

by kinley626 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:12 pm

I'm working on a pattern that calls for Rainbow Gallery's Petite Silk Lame Braid. I love it. Not quite as much shine as a true metallic, but just enough to catch the eye with a bit of sparkle. And it's very easy to stitch with - no tangles or knots. I haven't had any fraying either, but I am using shorter lengths of thread.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by frankattleborough » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:16 pm

Until now I had used the method of damping my thread, I have said this before, but I recently noted that someone was recommending 'Thread heaven' something I used many years ago but not for metallic but just to stop kinking. However when I was in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago the shop I visited didn't have thread heaven but did have a paraffin wax block in a round plastic container with slits in which made it easy to run the thread through. I have tried this on my 'Memorilia' and found that it works very well. I have several hundred stitches to do in metallic thread which I wasn't looking forward to doing, but I now think this will present no problem with my latest acquisition. It is made by a Company called 'Hemline', www.hemline.com.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by TheOtherDrew » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:18 pm

I've had surprisingly good results using a no-name gold metallic sewing thread that I got a local dollar store. The strands are slightly finer than normal floss, but it looks pretty decent.
 
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Re: Metallic Threads

by Kibakyu » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:23 pm

I think there's a very strong consensus on Rainbow Gallery's Petite Treasure Braid...and thankfully ABCStitchTherapy sells it by the bucketful by the looks of it. Kreinik can be good, I have used it on some projects and loved it - but that tends to be the thinnest blending filament kind that is very easy to work with, and treasure braid can probably be a very good replacement. DMC metallic, as I've just learned recently, is a lot like the thicker Kreinik metallic in that it is "stiffer" and harder to work with, so I'll be ordering some of that Treasure Braid in the near future to try it out!
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Re: Metallic Threads

by sina28 » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:40 pm

I just wanted to throw out that I have never worked with metallic threads yet, but I bought a few DMC ones and they are so pretty! Can't wait to try them out. They must be REALLY hard to work with or otherwise I assume I'll be quite happy using them.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by frankattleborough » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:36 am

Have you read all of the advice on working with them Sina? Just to recap for you, Work with short stretches of thread, try damping the thread first or running the thread through a wax block it will work more easily if you do either of these. Happy Stitching.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by sina28 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:54 am

Thank you a lot Frank for the summary!
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Re: Metallic Threads

by weeseechew » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:09 am

I have one metallic thread which I needed for one of my star trek cross stitch patterns...I found it difficult to work with...it is the DMC E3821 (gold)...I now have another cross stitch book which is asking for Kreinik Blending Filament #028 citron and Kreinik Fine #8...just wondering if what they were and where I would be able to find them in Canada...I thought I would be able to sub my metallic gold in but finding it way to frustrating to use so any suggestions would greatly help. Thanks everyone. :x
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Re: Metallic Threads

by frankattleborough » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:37 am

So, Kreinik raises it's ugly head again. I couldn't find Kreinik in the UK so I substituted a metallic thread from another Company. I don't know what metallic threads are available in Canada, but all I can suggest is that you find one and use a thread which will not look out of place in what you are stitching. After all this is your project and provided it looks good then go for it. If you look at my 'Memorilia' that called for Kreinik, but I did what I have suggested and it worked.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by rcperryls » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:59 pm

Rainbow Blending Thread by Glisten Gloss is another metallic option. For me it is pretty much anything but DMC metallics. Haven't tried them recently but I don't think they've changed much. I think it is important to remember that Kreinik comes in many different types of thread. This is something I learned over time. I have pieces that I stitched with Blending Filament alone because I didn't know about #4Braid, for example.
Blending Filament is great when combined with regular floss and adds a more subtle sparkle. Braid is easier, at least for me, to use by itself. I think it takes getting used to. There is also Thread Heaven which helps make the stitching easier.

I used to be able to get Kreinik threads at the big Craft Stores, but now if you don't have an LNS 123Stitch is a good online store. Don't know how much shipping is to Canada, but wouldn't think much more, if anything more, than in the US.

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Re: Metallic Threads

by Nicola Main » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:38 pm

My Lickle Ted kit came today and I noticed when sorting out the threads that I have one metallic thread as well as the normal cotton ones. Can anyone tell me what's the easiest way to use this thread? Won't need to use it for a while (it's for part of his foot) but any help would be appreciated. I read somewhere that it's best to use a smaller length than you would normally do and I'm assuming you can't use a loop start for this sort of thread either? :thinks:
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Re: Metallic Threads

by rcperryls » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:14 pm

Generally when I use a metallic thread I combine it with a same color (or close to it) strand of floss because I prefer subtle sparkles and bling. Since I don't know what brand or type of thread is in the kit it is hard to say what would be best. I prefer either Kreinik or Rainbow Blending Threads. I do use shorter lengths of thread and loop starts aren't nearly as easy for me with the metallics as they seem to not loop easily. Lots of stitchers use Thread Heaven. I have some and have used it occasionally if I am having trouble with the thread behaving properly.

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Re: Metallic Threads

by Nicola Main » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:09 am

It's a DMC metallic number E3852. Thanks might combine it with another colour. It's only for a dozen or so (mainly quarter) stitches.
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Re: Metallic Threads

by Inkysloth » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:29 pm

frankattleborough wrote:So, Kreinik raises it's ugly head again. I couldn't find Kreinik in the UK so I substituted a metallic thread from another Company. I don't know what metallic threads are available in Canada, but all I can suggest is that you find one and use a thread which will not look out of place in what you are stitching. After all this is your project and provided it looks good then go for it. If you look at my 'Memorilia' that called for Kreinik, but I did what I have suggested and it worked.


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Re: Metallic Threads

by ecology665 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:51 pm

I'm stilll having trouble with the Krenik. I have not tried the parabin, however I tried Thread Heaven and Dritz beeswax.

I am having a good go with the DMC light effects. I just use short strands and give both ends an extra inch of room. :thinks: :wave:


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Re: Metallic Threads

by crhessel1 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:07 am

Just joined and recently bought some metallic threads which I have yet to try, but am very excited about all of the tips here! Great variety of advice.
 
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Re: Metallic Threads

by ecology665 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:13 am

I am finally coming to my own when it comes to using Kreinik Metallics and DMC's Light Effects. I keep them in freezer bags. I am whizzing through the threads with very no more trouble than the regular floss.

Accepting advice on how to use the 1/8 Krenik Cord. :idea: I got this train pattern, but it doesn't really explain how to use the cord for the project?


I say keep tryin. :wink: They are worth it if you like bling (like me). I am using for Light Effects: B5200, E3821, E3747, & E898. Krenik: 032 (opalescence), 5555 (light gold), & 100HL (white lustre).

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