Starting a New Thread

When starting a new thread the idea is to secure and hide the thread end. There are several ways you can do this, the method you choose will depend on the fabric, thread and stitch you are working.

Method 1 – Starting with a Waste Knot

This is a good method suitable for most uses.

needle and thread with knot

Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread.divider

waste knot

Push the needle through the fabric from the right side about 8cm or 3ins. from were you want to start stitching, leaving the knot on the right side.

weave remaining threadWhen you have taken at least 6 stitches cut the knot off on the right side.Turn your work over to the wrong side and thread the loose end through a needle.

Weave the thread end through the back of the stitches you have already made.

Trim off the remaining thread neatly.

Method 2

This method is suitable for joining a new thread in an area where there is already stitching.

weaving in a new thread

Thread the needle.

Weave the new thread through the back of existing stitches to secure – be careful not to pull the needle too hard until you have completed a few embroidery stitches or the end of the thread will pull free.

Method 3

This method is suitable for starting a thread in an area which is going to be completely covered by stitch.

waste knotThread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread.

knot on the right side

Push the needle through the fabric from the right side in the area which will be covered by stitch, leaving the knot on the right side.

tiny stitches

Take three or four tiny stitches in random directions, finishing on wrong side of the fabric.

Bring the needle up through the fabric at the beginning of the area which you are about to embroider.

cut off knot

Take hold of the waste knot and put it gently then snip it off close to the fabric. The remaining thread will retract to the wrong side of the fabric.

Method 4

This method is suitable for a fine thread where the area is going to be covered by stitching or a sequin, button or bead.

double stitch Thread the needle.

Push the needle through from the back of the fabric.

Take two or three tiny stitches on top of each other in an area that will be hidden when the embroidery is complete.

Start the embroidery.

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