Wednesday, November 29, 2006

SBQ - To Knot or Not

Today's SBQ is:
How do you secure your thread when you begin a new one? Specifically,
do you or have you ever used a waste knot?
When stitching with two threads, I almost always use the loop method. When not using hte loop method, I'll leave a tail long enough to weave under the stitches or I use a waste knot. When stitching with one strand, I always use a waste knot.

To perform the loop method you cut the strand twice as long as desired for stitching. Fold the strand in half, and insert the cut ends in the eye of your needle. The folded end is at the opposite end of the strand. Come up through the fabric, leaving the loop on the underside. Make your first stitch. Bring the needle down through the loop in the folded end of the strand, and pull until loop lies flat against the fabric.

To perform the waste knot method you tie a knot in the end of the floss. Thread the needle and draw the floss through the top of the fabric near the edge. Bring the floss up through the back of the fabric in the desired starting spot and begin stitching.

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