Stitching, in general, is an activity that requires exquisite precision and nimble fingers that take the threads on a pre-defined path to form beautiful designs. There are numerous tutorials where you learn the A-B-Cs of stitching, but how do you start and end a stitch without fewer knots? This fact is hidden most of the time and that’s why today we unveil the story of using the best embroidery threads accurately!
How to Start a Thread?
Knots are the most commonly used for stitching, but it too has some pros and cons.
- It is a simple way of starting embroidery and is faster
- No additional stitches are required for securing the thread
- No wastage of threads
- Knots get loose with time, and the embroidery can dismantle from its structure.
- If the material is thin, the knots can be visible on the front side as well.
- On thick materials, knots can form bumps that create an uneven look.
- Knots on the inner side of the clothes can create an irritating sensation on the skin.
- It can create an unprofessional image of your work.
You can use the looping technique, to not let the sewing take a toll on you!
The Loop method is very useful as it does not leave any trace of where you started the stitching. You generally use 2 strands, but instead, you can use a longer length of a single strand of floss. That being done, fold it in half and put both ends through the needle.
The loop hangs at the back, while you make a tiny stitch and go through the loop in the back with your needle and then, tighten the loop.
Read more: A Complete Guide to ‘Sewing Threads’.
How to End a Thread?
You can use the previous stitches to pull your thread’s end through. You can go in one direction first, after which you return slightly and weave the thread around the needle.
There are many realms of the embroidery world where innumerable ways for starting and ending threads, but these are the most commonly used threads!
How to detangle your nerves from the tangled threads?
You come to the workplace and see the threads organized, colour shade card open, and needles ready for stitching. You settle in peace with an undeterred rhythm of stitching, but the knots do not let the experience go as smooth as you expected.
What would you do to free yourself from the knots?
Deal with the skein
You might see a nest of threads when you release it from the skein as per norms. There is a secret to releasing the thread from the skein. There is a tail at the end of the thread where you see a long number tag. If you pull the thread gently, the thread will release smoothly and won’t ‘memorize’ its form of knottiness.
When you release the thread from the skein in this way, it is a quite ‘painless’ way of doing it and you can store it in any way you want.
Find your perfect thread length along with the stitching wavelength!
The thread length is a salient factor to focus on when it comes to thread tangling. How you free yourself from this? The formula is quite simple. The longer the thread, the more possibilities are there that the thread can twist itself. Stitching remains a peaceful process when the threads do not kink up.
The other possibility when you cut them short, could be that your threads could be wasted on the increased number of manipulations of thread (starting and ending).
Usually, the length of the thread depends on the type of stitching you intend to do and what your stitching habits are. You can define a perfect length of threads after trying several of them, and match it to your stitching wavelength!
Set your Goals right
As with every creative work, sewing also is an art that requires the correct management and a sense of peace that lets you take control of the thread. If you are time-bound, set the specific amount of goal to stitch and DON’T stretch yourself.
A small amount of fabric with a beautiful design will look a thousand times better than a large amount of fabric with unattractive designs.
Track your Back
During stitching, when you repeatedly keep on checking the back of your fabric, your gliding fingers will find a forming knot and detangle from the same.
Like all maintenance products, even threads have earned themselves the right to be maintained! Many thread conditioners directly impact the condition of the thread. They make it less electric-static and prevent it from tangling.
Stitching with Two Hands
Generally, when we stitch one hand, it could be that our hand is continuously going in the same direction. If you stitch using both hands, we could avoid this situation.
Cutting the Length short here,
There are many ways of thread sewing, where real masterpieces could be created with effective tactics that can very well prevent sewing disasters!