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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Home Decor Series - Sewing - Is Hand Sewing KeepinYou All Twisted Up?

Do you do a lot of hand sewing?
Hemming pants, closing up pillows, sewing on buttons?

If you do, then I'm guessing you spend a fair amount of time frustrated with your thread twisting up, or one thread suddenly becoming 'longer' than the other one. Am I right?

Are you constantly having to stop and unwind your thread to keep it from knotting up?

Well, if you're having this problem, I have a very quick fix. I promise, you'll never lose control of your thread again!

All you need to do is tie a knot in your thread directly at the end of the eye of the needle.

Here we go:

1. Thread your needle.

2. Bring both threads together and wrap around your needle.

3. Bring the end of your threads across your needle and through the loop you just formed.
 (Don't pay any attention to my grown out nails. I told you I've been busy. In fact, this picture is so old now that those nails aren't even there anymore! I'm aunatural at this point!)

4. Pull your knot tight on the needle.

5. Slide the knot down the needle until you're just off the edge of it a bit.
Pull tight. See how that knot is directly at the edge of the needle? That's important.
It'll keep your knot from catching in the fabric.

6. Also important is that your knot needs to be no larger than the thread layers.
If you make a big knot, it will catch in your fabric and break off.

7. See how you can barely tell there's a knot in the threads? That's how yours should look.

And there you have it - hassle free hand sewing!

Try it and see how much easier your hand sewn projects become. You'll thank me, I guarantee it!
And if you're still hand sewing with a single thread and wonder what the heck I'm talking about.......shame on you. :)


  1. Oh how I wished I had known about this a couple of days ago, lol. I will definitely have to give it a try on my next project ;o)

  2. Oh my gosh this is exactly what my "favorite and crazy" aunt used to do when she sewed! My grandma did it too!!!

    I had forgotten, Polly!!!!

    I do a little bit of hand sewing here, but enough that this technique would be mighty helpful!!!!


  3. Well, I'll be! You learn something new everyday!
    Thank you!

  4. Polly-

    Thanks for this little tip- I'm gonna use it next time I hand sew something.

  5. Fab tip!

    I had to go to my neighbor's and borrow a needle so I could sew a button on my son's jeans before school. I just may have to go shopping (for a needle and thread) to try this trick. Unless I call my neighbor again of course. :)


  6. Well wow! Guess I will give this a try for sure!!

  7. THat's a great tip---I wonder why I didn't think of it! lol
    Smiles, Karen

  8. This is such a good tip! Thanks for sharing. You are a sewing whiz. :)

  9. Okay, I'm going to try that. I have seen it done, but you have pictured it so my feeble mind should be able to get it. Thanks for sharing such a usful tip as I do a lot of handwork.

  10. What great timing for me, I am doing some hand sewing tonight. I have never heard of this trick but I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.


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