- Matching color, just adding some sparkle – matching the color of the main thread to the appliqué. For example, red/yellow appliqué with orange/gold thread (this sample shows Glamour No. 12, color No. 3026: Peach).
- Matching main thread color to the background and metallic color to the appliqué. For example, red appliqué on black background with black/red thread (this sample shows Glamour No. 12, color No. 3115: Dark Red).
- Contrasting color – contrasting the color of the thread to the appliqué. E.g., red appliqué with green/gold thread (this sample shows Glamour No. 12, color No. 3257: Avocado).
Glamour is a heavy-weight metallic thread. Essentially it has a polyester main thread, twined with two strands of a metallic thread. This is a beautiful thread with a lot of presence and sparkle. (Glamour No. 8: Art. No. 9804; Glamour No. 12: Art No.9806) The obvious use of this thread is for machine embroidery, but since my personal interest is in quilting, I will demonstrate here how I use it for raw-edge machine appliqué. Raw Edge Machine Appliqué Due to its thickness (No. 12), Glamour is effective in a single buttonhole stitch and has even more spunk in a multi-pass buttonhole stitch. Another option is to use satin stitch. Thread Color For design purposes, it is important to notice the color of the main thread and the color of the metallic strands. To simplify the explanations, I use the following notation: If the thread has a black main thread with a gold metallic, I call it black/gold. If it has a white main thread with a silver metallic, I call it white/silver. If it has an orange main thread with gold and red metallic, I call it orange/gold+red When choosing the thread, I always consider the color of my appliqué fabric: