Knot at the End of a Seam

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I want to do a little hand sewing.  

How do you tie a knot in the thread when you're finished with a seam or
whatever, so that the knot is close to the fabric and does not pull out?

Pictures would be a great help.


---  Joe

Re: Knot at the End of a Seam
Joe wrote:
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I prefer an actual knot at the end of a line of hand stitching,
although some will recommend taking several tiny stitches on top
of each other instead. But my mother taught me to make secure

When I make a finishing knot, I take a tiny stitch right where my
sewing ends *but leave the needle in the fabric*.  Next, take the
thread which is coming out of the fabric, (not the thread in the
eye of the needle), wrap that thread around the pointed end of
the needle two or three times very tightly (so that they are
right up against the fabric), and holding your thumb on top of
those wrapped stitches, pull the needle (and thread) out the
length of the thread.  Be sure you hold those wrapped stitches
down tight, right where they are wrapped around the thread (they
were wrapped around the needle), that's what forms the knot.
Then, take a small stitch, pull tight, and clip the thread close
to the fabric.  I know this is hard to wrap your head around, but
if you practice it a bit it may become clear.

I did find this pdf file with an illustration which sort of shows
what I mean, although they go about it in a slightly different

It's about the middle of page two.



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An embroidery knot is a variation on this.  Take the needle through the
fabric and pull the thread through until a loop is formed just before you
pull it tight.  Put the needle through the loop and repeat this action of
pulling up the thread to form a loop and putting the needle through it for
as many times as you feel is enough.  3 times should be enough but I
sometimes do it 5 or 6 times.

Re: Knot at the End of a Seam
That's the way I was taught to tie off seams, too, Beverly.

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Maybe I'm just lazy but I take several tiny stitches inthe same place, then
cut the thread. It has been working for me.


Re: Knot at the End of a Seam
On Thu, 26 Apr 2007 04:06:30 GMT, (Joe) wrote:

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I back-stitch the last half inch or so.  

Where that isn't feasible -- bar tacks, for example -- one can work
two or three buttonhole stitches over the thread on the back.  

I once wrote an essay on this topic, and posted it at:

(I see that I didn't finish writing it.  But I no longer remember how
I meant to continue.  But I left out the buttonhole stitches; must
make note.)  

Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net -- sewing
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