How To Start Sewing Without A Knot

This is a quick sewing tip for when you need to sew by hand again - it will take you no time to learn it but will make your hand-stitching project neat! Read on and learn how to start sewing without a knot. 
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!



Do you remember trying to hide that knotty end of your thread when you accidentally started sewing from the right side of a fabric and pulled the first stitch from the wrong side? Yep, that was happening to me way to often! I was so happy when I found out about this trick.

Since I've been hand-sewing a bit more in these weeks (and my camera is never very far away from me), I've taken a few shots to show you how to do a no-knot start.

How-To Start Sewing Without A Knot:

It's so easy, really! Here it goes:

1) Cut one long piece of thread and fold it in half. Then, thread the two ends through the needle.

To be honest, sometimes it's easier to grab the loop end, and thread that one through the needle. Easier to me, you choose your way!
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!



2) Start: Bring the needle out from the back of the fabric (in this case, felt). Do not pull the thread all the way through, the loop should stay nicely visible on the back. (See next image)
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!




3) Position the needle very close to the first stitch and pull it through to the backside:
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!





4) Now, guide your needle through the loop on the backside...
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!


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5) ..and pull. Done. Everything is flat, no annoying knots on any side!
Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!



Love love love this little trick! Now that I've finally managed to get it onto my camera, I've even sewn a few missing buttons that had been waiting on my table for a long time. Did I mention this no-knot trick is a huge time saver when sewing buttons by hand?


I'm sure those who often do embroidery have known this for ages, but for some of the readers this might be a great new little trick. Hope you'll like it!

And are you curious about what I did out of that blue circle of felt in the photos above? These cute little felt flowers. Check them out, it's a cute little sewing tutorial with a few new free PDF templates. ;)

Happy sewing!




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Start sewing without a knot. Check out this little sewing tip to make your handstitching look like pro!

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37 comments:

  1. i'm so embarrassed. how can you get to the age of 62, raise 4 kids, 16 grandkids, 5 great-grandkids, sew on 900 mega-gillion buttons, made a mega-million cuddle toys, and at least 300 million booboo healers, not to mention quilts stacked to the roof and not learned this trick. YOU ARE AMAZING, and have my attention forever. thanks.

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    1. Sandi,

      hilarious - this is one of my fav comments I've ever gotten, thanks! And wow that's a lot of kids running around you! You must be a power machine to handle all that - and also manage to sew that many toys! (And quilts! I am in awe of anyone having so much discipline to finish a quilt, let alone a bunch of them!) Have a great day,

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  2. I have to agree with Sandi,how in the world is this not common knowledge?!! It is genius! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I love that method of starting to sew!!

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    1. Trixi, thanks, and I bet you master all those sewing tricks, with your softie projects! Thanks for dropping by,

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  4. This is so smart!! I'm going to start doing this for all my hand sewing! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your knot trick: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-no-knot-hand-sewing-trick/2017/04/10/ --Anne

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  5. Wow, thanks. I'm 56 and have never seen that either. Very nice.

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  6. I've been shown how to do this, but I'm so used to starting with a knot that I forget all about this method. Thanks for the reminder. It's so much neater than my old way. I've added this to my Techniques and Tips link party - hope that's OK.

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    1. Pam, sure! Sometimes it takes me long to remember to add my how-tos to your list. Thanks for doing that for me :)

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    2. Hi Damjana, I've showcased your handy tip on the blog.

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  7. That is a fabulous idea and will come in very handy. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. What a great idea! I always have such ugly knots on the back of my work. Thanks! :) Lisa

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  9. Love the knot trick. Thank you so much!

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  10. it's a trick I picked up from the first craft I ever learned...Embroidery. I'm a right brain creative, but have a left brain neatness about my creative endeavors. the loop is a way to not have knots in embroidery/cross-stitch.
    One thing the internet has done is allow those of us with years (55+) of doing handwork can pass on our tips/tricks/secrets to the world! thanks!

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  11. How do you "end" when you are finished sewing?

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    1. D Smith,

      a good question, and yes I do have an easy way of finishing a seam. Should I make a how-to of that one too?

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    2. Hi, finally, the how-to is here: http://www.applegreencottage.com/2017/11/how-to-finish-seam-top-stitching.html Happy sewing!

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  12. What a neat trick! It seems so simple now that I think of it; I feel like I should have thought of this already. Thanks for bringing me up to speed ;)

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  13. am completely amazed! how after the years of hand quilting & other sewing I've done have I not seen this trick? I bet I'll do it from now on. THANK YOU!
    Gwen

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  14. I understand how this works at the start. Then you have a double thread with a tail going forward (to stitch with). You sew your button or whatever. Then how do you finish? Any tips? Also, any tips on not having the needle slip off your thread or not getting your tail sewn into your project?

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    1. Hi Ana Sullivan,

      this how-to might help you: http://www.applegreencottage.com/2017/11/how-to-finish-seam-top-stitching.html Happy sewing!

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  15. The hardest part is threading the needle with the thread doubled

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    1. Totally agree Grammeo,

      everything else is nearly done when you thread the needle :) - That's why I usually grab the loop part and thread that one through the needle. Easier!

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  16. Hi Damjana,
    This is so cool! I cannot say it is new to me because I am a long time cross stitcher, and we used this trick in CS. I am wondering what that cute little blue circle will be when it grows up, so I'll go check. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  17. So, how do you end the stitching without tying a knot?

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  18. Genius I wonder if this will work for cross stitch projects as well? I'll have to try it!

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  19. very neat method to start off! Thank you for sharing.....Now....do you have a super neat way to fasten off too?

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    1. Beansprout,

      thanks for asking. Yes, I've received quite a few questions on that one too, and I have already taken photos of how to finish a seam the neat way. I only need to make time to write down the how-to and post it, along with those images. Looks like I need to do this ASAP (thanks for the nudge ;)

      xoxo

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    2. Hi, finally, the how-to is here: http://www.applegreencottage.com/2017/11/how-to-finish-seam-top-stitching.html Happy sewing!

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