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Tips for Stitching with Rayon
The following tips are highly
recommended when using EdMar rayon threads. If followed, they greatly
reduce the chances of frustration and possible damage to your work.
EdMar Rayon threads are to be
used as they are, never split the plies.
We recommend that the
embroidery be worked with the fabric held taut in a hoop. Work
stitches with uniform tension to prevent the fabric from puckering.
Rayon threads are very
slippery and one end of the thread will unravel more than the other.
To find out which one unravels, get the two ends together and twist
them back and forth between your fingers 3 or 4 times. The one that
unravels the most is the side that should be knotted or woven before
you start stitching. At the end of your stitches, secure your thread
by knotting or weaving.
When tying a knot, make it
small and very secure.
Stitches should be worked
clockwise and from left to right. This will keep the thread from
unraveling and fraying.
Before making any stitches
that require wrapping the thread like bullion, roll the threaded
needle counterclockwise in-between your fingers in order to unwind
the twist of the thread a little. Wrapping the thread clockwise for
the stitch will then twist it back to normal. Without doing this, the
thread will be wound too tight, kink up and possibly break.
Bullion and cast-on stitches
should be wrapped loosely on the needle. You don't want them so tight
that you can't pull the needle and thread through. The thickness of
your bullion is not determined by the thickness of your needle; it is
the weight of thread you are using and how your bullion is
"pulled". You don't want the individual wraps separated so
all bullion should be pulled nice and taught.
When making bullion or
cast-on stitches, secure the threads on the back before starting the
next one. This will prevent a "chain reaction" if one of
the other stitches break.
Try to keep the back of your
project clean and organized. Avoid "jumping around",
threads will show onto the front like a shadow if you do. Eliminate
loose ends by securing them down.
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