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Embroidery Placement Chart

Where do you place the design on your clothing and embroidery Items?

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Metalic thread problem-Help!

Hi !

I need an advice for metalic thread. Specially When I am doing 3D job , keep thread break happens. I tried adjust tension (Top & Bottom) , replace new needle(75/11) , slow speed , adjust density.... I tried 3 different machines , still same problem. I am using Marathon thread. Is it better use madeira , RA or isa cord? I need a advice .

Thank you in advance..

AJST = As I understand it, (help me out if I am wrong), Metallic thread is usually made with Mylar chips. Mylar is the same thing they make those metallic looking balloons with. Grip the thread between your pointy finger and thumb and pull the thread and you can feel the chips.

You may have two separate effects interacting with the tension.
1. The larger chips causes more tension in some parts of the thread path because of the larger particles. example.... Butterfly clips. (Think playing cards in bicycle spokes) At the same time the plastic slides through some areas of the thread path easier. Example... under the tension disk where the thread holds the plates apart.

2. Because of the way the thread is made the strands of fiber holding the thread together may stretch under tension. Hold a piece of the thread about a foot apart and if you pull it it may stretch another 3 to 6 inches. The poorer quality thread will stretch more.

How to solve the issue...
1. Some metallic thread stretches so much you may not be able to adjust it out.
2. Loosen the upper tension a lot... I have even bypassed the per-tensioner at the top of the machine to get it to sew out.
3. Metallic thread has the tendency to knot up and kink. This is because of the rougher thread causes friction on itself and knots up. That is probably why Robert has had success with the silicone spray and EMBThtreads has had success with the Styrofoam.
You may want to try the plastic sleeves that some EMB supply companies offer. They hold the thread on the spools and keeps them from tangling.

You may also want to look at this youtube video. Metallic Thread Embroidery on a Commercial Embroidery Machine (Baby Lock Enterprise)

A Thread of Truth

Thread is thread… right? WRONG. You can reduce thread breaks and make your embroidery look better by using a higher quality thread. I am not suggesting that you replace all of your old thread, just be aware that you may have more problems with what you have now. Replace it as you use it with the higher quality thread.

Here are a few things you need to know about thread.

  • Thread type –
    • Most new machines come with 40 weight polyester thread.
    • With thread the higher the weight in thread the smaller in diameter it is. If you go from a 40 weight thread to a 60 weight thread the thread diameter is smaller. You will need to tighten the upper tension to adjust for smaller thread.
    • Thread comes in many different flavors including polyester, rayon, cotton, silk, acrylic, metallic, etc… Most machines will use any type of thread you just may have to adjust the tension to make it work.
  • Thread quality –
    • Spend a little more money and buy a good quality name brand thread. I would suggest Madeira, Isa-Cord, Coats, Robinson Anton, and Gunold. You will see a big difference in the color and diameter consistency, and the strength of the thread.
    • Cheaper thread and thread that you get from the bargain sites tend to be brittle and inconsistent. I had problems setting the tension on some threads and found that the diameter of the thread changed as I pulled it through my fingers.
  • Thread source –
    • Be careful where you buy your thread. Fabric stores and department stores may have thread stored in warehouses for years in non-climate controlled conditions. Thread gets brittle with age and if improperly stored.
    • Some colors are more popular than others, watch out for the spool that keeps getting pushed to the back of the shelf.
    • You may need to buy that one small spool to monogram that baby blanket with a special periwinkle. Just be aware that you may have more thread breaks than normal.
  • Thread Storage-
    • Humidity, UV rays, dust, dry air, and age all have effects on the durability of thread.
    • I use plastic tubs to store my thread in.
    • Be careful about buying your inventory of thread. Try to rotate your old thread out as you use it.

False Thread Breaks on Meistergram

I have a meistergram 1500 compact pro that will not sew. Machine seems to be sensing a thread break on every color that does not exist.The machine beigins to sew normally and then quickly stops and indicates a thread break, when there is none. This seems to be happening on every color. Is there a sensor or setting that could be giving me this error?
AJST = Check your thread path. The thread should be traveling around the little hubcap looking thing-a-ma-jig at the top part of the head. You may have to wrap the thread around the hubcap so it does not skip.

The thread sensor is inside the head behind these wheels. Check to see that it is attached correctly and plugged in. You shouldn't have an issue with this unless the head has been taken off, but sometimes the sensor goes bad.

The last thing that you can try is setting the sensitivity setting in the software. You can find the setting under MC/Main Data Parameters/ Thread Break Sensitivity. This option may be different depending on your version of software. You can also adjust the number of stitches that the machine will wait until it gives you a thread break by using the Thread Break Detect option.

Hope this helps. Dennis

AJST - Cut in Place Applique'


This is a method for doing Cut-In-Place Applique'.

I have had a lot of customers that have asked me how to do applique'. This is a how to, or DIY method for sewing it out yourself. I will try to do a digitizing article for this later.

There are two main methods for making applique'. There is Pre-Cut Applique' and Cut-In-Place method for making applique'.

Here is one technique I use to make Cut-In-Place Applique'.

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Here are a few links that I like for doing Applique'

Anna Bove Embroidery

How to Embroider an Applique Design by Sew With Lisa B

Entering the Kingdom of Machine Embroidery Appliqué