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Topic: hiding the knot ... how do you do it?  (Read 897 times)
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« on: February 15, 2008 05:42:42 PM »

i am a novice. new. new. new to all of this sewing, embroidering, creating business. i love it. i am addicted. however, i'm running into one main problem with the embroidering process: hiding the knot. how you do tie off your thread? hide the knot?
any help would be great. thank you.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008 02:26:23 AM »

I do not knot it at all.
To begin I leave a tail out and then stitch over the tail to hold it in place.
To finish I run the thread back under a couple of the previous stitches then snip it off. Make sure to only run the thread under stitches of the same color.

This leaves no lumps.

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2008 08:00:21 AM »

thank you. i'll give that a shot.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2008 12:54:53 PM »

I need help with cleaning up the under side of the fabric I embroider on!!! It is always full of little floss knots and I want a cleaner look. Is there any way to hide this mess?!
If possible could anyone post a picture of the back side of one of your projects? thanks so much
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2008 08:40:57 PM »

I find the best way to avoid a mess in the first place is to not use knots at all. Instead of knots, I leave a little tail of floss (about an inch) on the backside of my project. I hold it in place with my finger while taking the second stitch. When I take the third stitch, I make sure to catch that little tail underneath my thread. I then try to get it under a few more stiches to make sure the thread is secure.

When I am ending a thread, I just weave it underneath  a few nearby stiches.

As far as camoflaging a mess that already exists, what is your project being used for? That would effect what I would do. 

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