If you love the look of metallic threads but sometimes find them hard to work with, then hopefully this video tutorial will help you to “see the light.” I was really fortunate to have been contacted by Kreinik, a family-operated thread manufacturer in the US, and they sent me some sample threads to play with. I had heard of Kreinik and seen all the little glorious spools of metallics in needlework shops, but up until then I hadn’t actually stitched with them. I was delighted that their metallic threads are very easy to use (and look stunning), and in the video below I demonstrate how to use some of their braids and the blending filament in your projects.
Types of metallic threads
In the video I show #4 braid, #8 braid, and the blending filament. Kreinik has an extensive range of other threads (including for sewing machines), cords, ribbons, etc, so do experiment with them if you love shiny threads.
Tips for metallic threads
In the short video below you’ll see how easy the Kreinik threads are to stitch with. Here are some tips I mention in the video, and a few others. These tips apply to not only the Kreinik threads, but any metallic threads.
- use shorter strands than you would with cotton embroidery floss
- using a bigger needle can help the thread slide through the fabric more easily
- stitch more slowly than normal
- using the sewing method of stitching can result in your thread twisting and knotting more easily
- you can untwist the thread and help it lie flatter by running it across a damp sponge before use
- don’t place your iron directly on the metallic thread, have a tea towel or thin piece of fabric between the iron and the thread
- don’t steam your pieces if they contain metallic threads (steam is hotter than dry heat)
- use a thread lubricant like Thread Heaven if desired
And one tip specifically for the Kreinik braid (in the video I show the fine #4 braid) — don’t try and separate the strands. It’s braided together, you don’t separate strands like you would with embroidery floss or DMC’s Light Effects metallic threads. That’s one reason Kreinik’s braids tend to be easier to stitch with, it’s one thicker “strand”. The #4 braid is roughly equivalent in coverage to 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss.
And one more tip that’s not in the video — Kreinik blending filament has a “core” strand to give it stability and strength. Although some stitchers do remove this core, it’s not recommended as it weakens the thread.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know below! And if you’d like more tips and tricks about Kreinik threads, check out Kreinik’s YouTube channel here.