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How to Easily Sew Difficult Threads & Achieve Brilliant Results.

How to Easily Sew Difficult Threads & Achieve Brilliant Results.

Do you struggle when tying to sew difficult threads & would like to know
a simple & better way to sew them?

Once you know how to sew difficult threads, then your life becomes
much easier, less stressful, & you become more creative, inspired & you'll suddenly have the urge to go and buy lots of new threads. Now that to me sounds like a fantastic result. What better excuse do you need to go thread shopping, and maybe a little more fabric, and a little more of this and that......

From time to time we can all have a thread that’s a little more difficult 
to use than some of our other threads. This doesn’t mean that you’re using a
cheap and nasty thread, but maybe you’re using a metallic type thread, or possibly two threads together, or maybe just a thread that does not want to
work with your machine so well on that particular day.  

When I have a thread like that, rather than battle with it, the machine &
my needles, I take the Simple way out.....

I use a silicone style spray on my threads.
Now do be careful here and don’t just go to the hardware store and pick one 
up, as that would be totally the Wrong type of spray. This is a specialised spray.

I use a purpose made silicone spray that is made for machine cutting blades and threads. This is called CX5 Agent Glissant and is made by ODIF in France. 

This is actually the same company that makes the very popular 505
basting spray that we've all fallen in love with over the years and is almost a household name within the quilting world.


This does not leave any residue of oils, etc on my work, and the threads
just glide through my machine, particularly metallic type threads.

Of course when using something like a metallic thread, it isn’t absorbent,
so the spray doesn’t “soak into the thread”, as it would if I was spraying it onto
a 100% cotton thread. I then need to spray it quite regularly, if not using an absorbent style thread.

The easiest way that I find to do this is to have a square of paper towel
folded into 4 so it’s not too big but thick enough to absorb any over spray, I
then stop sewing and “tuck” the paper towel under the spool of thread and
spray the thread while it’s still on the machine, and of course I remove the
paper towel before I start to sew again. This works quite well, depending on
what I may be sewing, but of course you can just take your thread off the
spool holder and spray your thread that way. You may feel that, that would be fiddly, but it’s not really and it allows you to be able to sew with some of the most beautiful threads that you may not be able to otherwise.

Of course if it’s a more absorbent thread, then I just give it a spray before
I place it onto the machine, and away I sew, easily, smoothly and no frustrations.

I thread paint many of my stems of flowers with metallic threads and use
this spray to achieve brilliant results.

Do of course also make sure that your sewing machines tension is set correctly.

Another tip here with sewing threads that are somewhat difficult. 
Always make sure that you start off with a new needle and one with an eye
that is definitely large enough for the thread to easily glide through. So often I
see people trying to sew threads, but more so, difficult threads without having
a needle to suit the thread.

My favoured needles for the Majority of all my sewing are Superiors
Topstitch needles. If you’re not familiar with these, they have a much larger
eye within the needle and they’re also made from steel that has been coated in titanium.

They’re also much stronger than a normal needle, they stay sharp longer,
and you replace your needles far less often, than you would a normal needle. These are the needles that I use for the majority of my sewing, and they come in all the normal sizes starting from a size 60 up to a 100.

If you’d like to read and see just how strong these needles are you may
like to read here what happened to one of my granddaughters while sewing with one of these needles in the machine. What happened was not the needles fault, but it definitely shows you the strength of these needles.

So back to difficult threads.....

Try using CX5 Agent Glissant which is made by ODIF combined with a Superior topstitch needle and your sewing hopefully will be much more enjoyable, and easy.

I don’t know of any retail stockists, except myself, as I purchase mine
from one of my wholesalers. You may wish to Google them to find a stockist near yourself.

Although I do sell this product but due to being a pressure pack, I’m
unable to post it through the mail system, but I definitely do sell this whenever I’m out teaching classes as well as when I’m in person at quilt shows, doing speaking or demonstration events etc and to people who live local to me.

Ps..Sometimes ladies, guilds or groups will get together and contact me, with an order of how many tins they are wanting, and we work out a way to get the order to them. This idea may help you somewhat as well.

Disclaimer: Please do read ODIF’s instructions and precautions before use and do your own personal tests on your machine, threads and fabrics, etc as you are using this at your own risk. I'm solely explaining what & how I myself personally do & use when I have difficult threads to sew.

Well that’s it for me here today, but to have your own personal resource to more tips like these, then just check this out here.

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Have the most beautiful, creative & inspiring day