Metallic thread for an upcycled Kimono –

If you dare go all the way, I suggest using metallic threads.

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They are basically designed for embroidery so they break easily when used with a sewing machine. To get around that, it is wiser to stitch slowly and combine the metallic thread with a polyester thread of the same hue. This combination has two advantages: it strengthens the stitches and the thread tends to break less, but it is also less costly.

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I use the threads of three brands: a German MadeiraClover (Japanese brand, site in English here ) and DMC (French brand founded in Mulhouse).

The cheapest option is Madeira. They sell a case with 18 metallic bobbins (200 meters long) at a very affordable price on Amazon, which means it will be hard not to find a hue that enlightens your fabric: £ 26.40 for a range of 18 sorts of thread on Amazon.

At the moment, amazon.co.uk sell a golden model of Clover @ £3.16 shipping free of charge in the UK. The 60 metre thread can also be bought in a silvery version at £3.19 here.

DMC Diamant offers  a very attractive palette. The thread is 38,2 metres long and the price starts from £1.55 without the shipping fee.

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