How To Start Sewing Without A Knot

See how to start sewing without a knot. You'll love this smart sewing hack! 
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. 
Do you remember trying to hide that knotty end of your thread when you accidentally started sewing from the right side of 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.
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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! First, here's a video slide-show for those of you who prefer video how-tos. Later on, there's' a photo tutorial.

Sewing Video

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Photo Tutorial - How To Start Stitching Without A Knot


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!

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!

If you found this tutorial helpful, I'm sure you'll want to hear about this one too: it's for when you want to hide the thread ends - this easy sewing tip. My readers love it too!
how to finish handstitching
Best Sewing Tips: How To End Stitching Neatly

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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23 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 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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  3. 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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  4. That is a fabulous idea and will come in very handy. Thank you for sharing.

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

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Genius I wonder if this will work for cross stitch projects as well? I'll have to try it!

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  11. 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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