Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sulky Holoshimmer Thread

Meet Eric Drexler, Sulky National Educator.  We met up in Portland OR at International Quilt Market and I asked about the beautiful Sulky Holoshimmer Thread.  I love the special beauty and shimmer that metallic threads lend to sewing projects, but confessed that I am intimated to use metallic threads more frequently.  Eric was very gracious to make this video to share with you and me too. 

Holoshimmer is a thin, flat ribbon-like polyester film that is metalized with an aluminum holographic layer resulting in shimmery, brilliant reflectiveness.  Wow, this sounds like an engineering marvel!  Like Eric mentions in the video a key component to successful stitching with Holoshimmer is using a SCHMETZ Topstitch or Metallic needle.  The eyes of both needles are enlarged . . . and you may need to tweak or reduce the stitch tension.  Visit my February 5, 2013 blog post for the SCHMETZ Needle Eye Comparison chart.

Thanks Eric for your very helpful information.  Eric is a machine embroidery artist and loves to teach.  If you have a chance to take one of Eric's machine embroidery classes at your local shop or a sewing expo, you will be more than glad.  Sulky Holoshimmer . . . I'm going to grab a spool and start stitching!




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