On your list of threads you avoid are Water n’Ice, Flair, Frosty Rays, Fyre Werks, or Kreinik holographic ribbons?
Yep, me too. This is because I HATE the way they come unravelled. Yes, the look of many of these threads is so good that I use them often, but it is never without frustration.
I’ve tried the tricks and while often they help, that only means the problem happens slightly less often.
Now I can use these threads with ease because I got a great new tool, the Thread Zapper II, made by Beadsmith. This tool was, I think, originally designed to cut fishing line and threads for fly tying. It’s now packaged for needlework shops and is widely available. It should be in your tool box.
Thread Zapper II is powered by one AA battery. To heat the tip (pictured above), hold down the button. It gets how after a few seconds (often it will smoke or glow slightly). Touch it to the end of a thread and it will fuse the fibers together. Touch it along a length of thread and it will cut and fuse at the same time.
So far, I’ve tested it on Flair and holographic ribbon. To be sure it works better, I alternated thread zapped stitching lengths with lengths done the old way, with severe diagonal cuts. The zapped threads performed better with no raveling at all.
Always use a light touch with this tool, the longer you hold the thread to it, the more the thread will fuse and the bigger the blob at the end. Those blobs can make the needle hard to thread. Only touch the end for a moment and use a needle threader.
Cut the thread straight across. This exposes less of an edge to the zapper, once again resulting in smaller blobs.
Keep the cover close by, it’s great to keep the zapper away from accidentally hitting you, zapping a stray thread, or hurting someone as it cools.
I haven’t tried it with Chainette threads or with Water n’Ice. Butt I have no doubt it will work great there too.
This tool deserves a place in your needlework tool box.