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« on: November 29, 2007 02:04:00 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007 08:30:32 AM »

I've found that forcing the needle and thread to untwist only makes the twisting and knotting worse.  If i let the threaded needle dangle from my stitching and let gravity spin it out when I notice too much twisting, it prevents much of that knotting.  Another thing you can do is if you are using more than one strand of embroidery floss take them out of the floss individually.  For example, if you need 3 strands of a 6 strand floss, pull out each strand and match it up again to get the 3 strands you want to embroider with.  Even when you are ready to use the other half of the 6 strands, separate those remaining 3 strands and match them up again.  I'm not sure why this helps, but it does.  Maybe because the threads are sort of twisted together in the skein, and separating them undoes some of that twisting. 

« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007 07:03:48 AM »

I second the advice above - let the thread dangle every now and then, and separate out the strands before threading your needle.  It also helps to use a short piece of thread.  I usually work with about 10-12" at a time.  If a use a piece of thread that is any longer, I end up with knots. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2007 08:17:06 PM »

how many strands are you sewing with?
i started off using two strands and i got nothing but knots and never knew why.. when you switch to a single thread you get way less knots. if you want a thicker thread buy a larger thread instead of using two small threads. another thing you can try is getting a piece of beeswax and lightly running your thread over it twice before you start... just don't let too much wax get on it

« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2007 08:21:36 PM »

make sure to get a new needle every now and then too because as you work away the sweat on your fingers removes the plating on the needle and it starts to drag

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