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How to Embroider Metallic Thread on a Home Machine

October 23, 2019

Metallic thread is a gorgeous thread to use
for machine embroidery. We’ve made this video to highlight a few recommended steps to help
you achieve great results with metallics. Using a High-quality metallic thread will
solve most of your frustrations right off the bat. Click on the link to find out what
makes a quality metallic thread. Just as important as quality thread, is your
needle. Metallic threads are delicate and using the correct needle style and size will
save you a lot of frustration. The industry standard needle for embroidery is the 75/11
Embroidery-style needle. This size of needle is a tight fit for your metallic thread! With
a narrow eye less than 1mm long, there’s not a lot of room for the thread to move around,
which can result in added friction and thread breaks.
We recommend Superior’s Topstitch 90/14. Not only does this needle have a much larger eye
at 2mm long, it also has a wider groove, sharp point, and is titanium-coated which means
it will last several times longer than regular needles!
Once you’ve selected the design you want to embroider, we suggest loosening your top tension.
Some machines have electronic or ‘automatic tension’ built in. Override it. When we are
embroidering with Metallic threads, we drop the top tension all the way down to 1.0.
Spools of Metallic Thread should unwind off the side, not over the end. When unwound over
the end, extra twist is placed on the thread which can cause it to break.
When using cones of metallic thread, place a thread net over the bottom half to keep
the thread from slipping down. Using a thread holder like this is a great
help when using Large Cones or delicate threads on your machine. It allows proper thread delivery
without adding extra tension. It’s easy to thread, light, portable, and can be used lying
down or standing up. Once the cone has been set and threaded through the top hole, place
the thread holder next to your machine. Thread through the swing arm, and then finish threading
your machine like normal. On this machine, we like using the needle
threader It’s a BIG time saver and saves us from repeat attempts at threading the needle.
We recommend using a lint-free polyester thread like ‘The Bottom Line’ in your bobbin.
Now that your top and bottom threads are set, load your hoop.
It’s time to start embroidering! Even though most machines have automated embroidery
functions, it’s still a good idea to check the progress of your design and make sure
your stitches are looking good. If you notice the stitch balance doesn’t look
good, adjust your tension as necessary. We like to use reference guides for help.
If your thread is breaking even after adjusting tension, lower the Stitches Per Minute.
As we mentioned earlier, the method which thread is unwound from a spool or cone can
make a difference in stitch quality. Cones should always unwind off the top and spools
of delicate threads like Metallic, should unwind from off the side.
Once your design is complete, unload the hoop and enjoy your completed embroidery design!
By following these recommendations, we know you will have a much more enjoyable time embroidering
with Metallic Threads.


  • Reply Myki Wms April 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Where can I buy that thread cone holder?

  • Reply Elizabeth Anthony October 9, 2014 at 12:49 am

    thanks for video may I know what machine is this

  • Reply Ruth S March 14, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I could only wish to own a machine like this. I need a video for an older machine, with only 32 stitches and a lot more info.

  • Reply raj radha October 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Howmuch is mechine prise i want mechine

  • Reply Jim Hays December 17, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I had tried to use metallic thread on my sister's Singer and it kept breaking. I followed these tips – used a 90/14 needle, set the tension at 1.2, and used a slow setting on the machine and was successful embroidering towels with metallic thread. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply sunitha shereef July 1, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Mam good

  • Reply Hafida Boufrahi October 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    J'ai bien d'acheter une machine brodeuse de NV200 60 mais j'arrive pas à faire travailler avec une clé USB aidez-moi s'il vous plaît

  • Reply Hafida Boufrahi October 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm


  • Reply Hafida Boufrahi October 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Pardon brodeuse 2600

  • Reply Lukson Embroidered May 15, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Nice one 👌we are also embroidered company from pakistan

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  • Reply Shari Hammel October 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you for the great hints.

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