Knots - The Good Kind!

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Knots in twisted or tangled thread are certainly no fun, but we're here to talk about the good kind of knots. Knots to secure our thread and let us get going with the sewing. How are your knots serving you?

Heather Bailey has a photo tutorial of her favorite knot (click on Enter Gallery). I think I learned this same method in Sally Barnes' hand quilting class, and I agree that this is a great knot to use. It's so easy to create. This YouTube video illustrates the steps in Heather's photos. (The video resolution is low, but good enough for this purpose.) The video shows one wrap around the needle, which might be suitable for applique. Heather's tutorial shows 3-4 wraps, better suited for hand sewing or tacking down quilt binding. (In my opinion.)

Becky at Piece O' Cake Designs is asking for feedback on Which end do you knot? I read through the comments, and the consensus is to knot the end that you cut from the spool. This is what I've been taught since I started quilting, and it makes a difference. I also never thought about the thread on a bobbin, which is reversed from how it was wound on the spool, so it makes sense to knot the end that you pull from the bobbin. Also, all commenters agree that high quality thread makes a difference.

What tips would you share on knotting?

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn

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When you get the bad kind of knot, where your thread twists into a knotted loop, it sometimes (but not always) helps to put the tip of your needle through the loop, to hold the loop steady, and then tug gently on one of the tails of the loop. First try one tail, then the other.

Does it matter if you sew right handed or left handed?

I notice that I flick my wrist with every stitch. Over time, the thread develops a twist and I have to let the thread untwist itself before proceeding.

Would a lefty twist her thread in the opposite direction?

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