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Topic: finishing a line of stitches when sewing by hand?  (Read 516 times)
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« on: May 16, 2011 06:55:13 PM »

I've recently begun some very minor hand sewing (sewing a patch onto a shirt, sewing a bead to a dress, etc) I was taught how to sew when I was young, but since coming to college forgot some of the basics, like how to finish off a line of stitches! I try to knot it, but I get OCD about it and try to make a million extraneous, time-consuming knots on top of knots, loops and a bunch of mess. What is the most efficient way to do this?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011 11:08:57 PM »

Just tie the knot 2 times, and if you're still worried, dab some liquid stitch on the knot. Or lightly heat the thread with a lighter, that's what I do but it's probably not advised, heh.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011 06:59:15 AM »

After you knot it, you can work the tail through the last few stitches you made (on the back side), and this helps keep everything secure.  This is how embroidery stitches are ended, and it works really well, since you're not clipping the thread right next to a knot where it can unravel.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011 05:31:25 PM »

I've found a pretty easy way to secure hand-stitching knots.  When you get to where you want your stitching to end, take a small stitch, then put the needle through the loop of thread trailing from the needle.  Tighten the loop of thread that is in the fabric, and put the needle through the loop made by the trail of thread from the needle one more time.  Pull tight, then clip thread.  I hope that makes sense, and good luck!

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