Wool thread

Three Steps for Embroidering with Wool Thread

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It’s winter and that means in many areas of the country, wool-blend embroidery thread is very appropriate. Here are three basic steps to make sure that this heavier, 12-weight wool thread doesn’t misbehave. 

1. Change your needle. Use a large eye, #100/16 for best results.

2. Check your machine tension on both the top thread and bobbin thread before you begin, making adjustments due to the thickness and texture of this thread.

3. Reduce your machine speed slightly.

The results of using this thicker thread are very pleasing, and give the finished look of a hand-embroidered, soft textured design.