I’ve spent this week preparing for the Vacuum and Sewing Dealer’s Trade Association show (that’s a mouthful).

Since I will be demonstrating The Thread Director and how well it works with all specialty threads, I decided to tackle the granddaddy of all designs, Anita Goodesign’s “The Nutcrackers”.  My first nutcracker turned out beautiful.  Actually, my only nutcracker turned out beautiful.  I have eleven more to go.

I used every metallic thread in my arsenal.  Here are some tips when stitching these out.  For Madeira, Sulky and WonderFil metallic threads, use a 90/14 Topstitch needle and don’t forget to lower the tension on your machine.  When using the Madeira Supertwist (that’s the thread that looks frosted) use a 100/16 Topstitch needle and perhaps a few drops of Sewer’s Aid.

There are a lot of stitches in these designs so use fabric with a little heft to it.  Per the design instructions, I backed my fabric with Ultra-Weft Fusible Interfacing and hooped a piece of mesh stabilizer.  Sometimes it’s called No Show Mesh or Soft ‘n Sheer Extra depending on the manufacturer.  As a topper, I used a heat-away stabilizer so the thread lays on top of the fabric instead of imbedded in the fabric.  Let me know what you think!

Nutcracker 2

Nutcracker 2

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