See how to start sewing without a knot. You'll love this smart sewing hack!
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! I used it on all my drawstring pouch patterns (they're free!) and many bag sewing projects you'll find here at AppleGreen Cottage. Also check out the beginner's guide - learning to sew. Then read on and learn how to start sewing without a knot.
Especially handy for when you need to sew on a button - No more ugly knots at the back of your project!
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.
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.
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!
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)
3) Position the needle very close to the first stitch and pull it through to the backside:
4) Now, guide your needle through the loop on the backside...
5) ..and pull. Done. Everything is flat, no annoying knots on any side!
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!
A Super Neat Way to Fasten Off the Seam
Bonus tip! Readers have been asking how to fasten the sewing off at the back side if you're not concerned with how the backside looks. For example, when it gets covered by another layer later:
Once you do the last stitch, pull it through to the wrong side of fabric. Then go through the last loop twice and pull. That creates a good knot that is invisible.
How To Hide The Knot Between Two Layers
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!
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. 😉
Save this clever sewing tip and make sure to remember it when you need it:
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