When sewing how to tie a knot?

Whether you are sewing clothes on a sewing machine or doing hand stitching, you always start the process by loading the thread into the needle. No doubt you can simply load the thread in a machine needle and start sewing without any additional tweak but when sewing with hands, you need to secure the thread because if you skip this step, the thread will come out of the eye and you will never be able to complete even a single stitch.

You may all know that you need to tie a knot so that thread remains in the needle but the actual question is how to tie a knot when sewing. Well, this article is composed to answer this and all other related questions.

When sewing how to tie a knot

Continue reading till the end and you will have a bunch of useful information that will help you get better sewing results. We will mention the best methods to tie a knot along with a method to tie a quilter’s knot as well. So, let’s just dive into the article.

How to tie a knot when sewing?

The answer to this question varies depending upon different factors such as the type of knot, location of knot, available tools, swing method, and many more. One thing is true that tying a knot is one of the easiest things to do in sewing but only if you know the right way.

Otherwise, you may waste a lot of time finding a way or may not be able to do so at all. As there are many different methods for varying types of knots, we have mentioned a new method for each subheading coming below.

Can you tie a knot after threading a needle?

Yes, you can tie a knot after threading the needle instead it should be done all the time. When you thread a needle, you need to tie a knot by connecting the threads’ ends. Ignoring this factor will not allow you to make a stitch as the thread will pass through the fabric every time you try to make a stitch.

How to tie a starting knot?

Tie a starting knot is the easiest because all you have to do is simply utilize the knot that you tie after you load the thread onto the needle.

When you pass the needle through the fabric, that threading knot will be the first stitch on the fabric. You may leave it as it is and keep on stitching but:

  1. If you want to make it more secure, you may re-insert the needle from that knot.
  2. Then pass the needle through the stitch loop.
  3. This will lock the thread permanently while making two knots as well.

How do you secure a thread after sewing?

Once the sewing is completed, you should secure the stitch so that the thread doesn’t get loose and ruin the clothes. This can simply be done by making an additional stitch at the end of the thread.

  1. Push the needle to the extent that it goes through both layers of the fabric.
  2. Now pass the needle through the two layers or loop of the stitch.
  3. Pull with a gentle force until the thread is locked.
  4. You may stitch 1-3 times for better strength.

How to tie a knot at the end of the stitch?

If you are doing hand sewing, you can follow the above method for securing the thread after sewing. But if you want to tie a knot at the end of the stitch while sewing on a sewing machine, reverse stitch is the best suitable option. The procedure will be as:

  1. Sew the final stitch on the fabric or seam.
  2. Pull the “Needle Clamp” or “Thread Take Up Lever” to move the needle upwards.
  3. Rotate the fabric at 360° while making sure that the last stitch is right under the needle.
  4. Release the needle and start stitching.
  5. Go for a few centimeters and do the same procedure and sew a strength stitch again.

Doing this will tie a permanent knot at the end of the stitch.

Best ways to tie a knot when sewing:

Many methods are mentioned in this article but to list the ways that can be used to tie a knot, we can say that there are five major techniques to tie a knot when sewing.

  • Make loop knots stitch by passing a needle through it.
  • Make a knot using your fibers by twisting.
  • Making lock stitches.
  • Making a double reverse stitch.
  • Making a knot using a bullion knot stitch.

How do you tie an embroidery knot?

  1. Start by taking the thread’s end and needle while they are pointing to each other.
  2. Twist the thread’s end around the needle. Twisting multiple times will result in a larger knot.
  3. Now pinch the thread twists by keeping the needle in your hand. You can pick it using your forefingers and thumb.
  4. To pinch the twists to a great extent, pass the needle through the thread.
  5. As soon as the needle passes through the thread in between your thumb and fingers, a knot will form.
  6. Gently pull the knot so that it gets tight.

Here is a video by “Easy Sewing for Beginners” that will give you a visual representation of major methods to tie a knot.

How to Tie a Knot in Thread : Sewing for Beginners


Do you tie a knot to start embroidery?

This is one of the widely asked questions just like, are sewing and embroidery the same? Yes, starting embroidery by tying a knot is essential to have perfect results.

You need the thread to be secure and don’t pass through the fabric while making stitches. Although the process is not different from tying a simple knot on the thread (which is done after loading the thread into a needle), you should try to make a knot as strong as possible because there is a huge risk of ruining all your embroidery if it gets loose.

What is a quilter’s knot?

A quilter’s knot is just a type of fabric knot that is done in a way that is not visible from either side of the clothes. This is simply done by making stitches in one layer of fabric without allowing the needle to pass thoroughly from it.

Only a tiny stitch is done and a needle passes through that stitch again to form a quilter’s knot.

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