5 tips for stitching with metallic threads

Don't be dazzled by metallics threads – read our 5 top tips for metallic success!

How to use metallic threads

Christmas is a fantastic time to break out the metallic threads and add sparkle to your stitched cards and gifts. The special threads catch in the glow of fairy lights, and really twinkle! But if you’re not confident using these threads, then read our 5 top tips for metallic success! 


Snip shorter lengths

With metallic threads, cut a slightly shorter length of thread than you would normally use, and stitch slowly to ensure that the thread lies neatly for the best reflection of light.

Start with a loop

When using two strands, secure the thread on your needle by doubling the thread to make a loop, then pass the loop through the eye of the needle. Take the loop over the tip of the needle, then pull the thread to form a small knot right at the needle’s eye.

Secure your thread

Make sure the thread is thoroughly secured at the back of your stitching – leave a slightly longer ‘tail’ than you would normally use – metallic threads are springy, so more 
likely to slip and break free.

Use a larger needle

Use a needle one size larger than you would normally use, as the larger eye helps to open up the fabric hole slightly, letting the metallic thread pass through without causing it to fray.


Unwind every few stitches

To reduce twisting and tangling, let the needle hang every few stitches to unwind. Using a conditioner such as Thread Magic can also help to make metallics more manageable to work with.

How to use metallic threads