How to Tie Sewing Knots


Neat sewing requires tidy beginning and ending knots. Begin a sewing project with a simple, twisted knot that will lie neatly at the start of your sewing project. End a project with small stitches that grab and hold onto the end of the thread, knotting the thread close to the completed project. Simple steps will make knots for hand-sewing efficient and neat.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread

Beginning Knot

  • Pass the thread through the eye of the needle.

  • Hold the thread so its end is facing the sharp end of the needle. Overlap the needle and thread slightly. Place the end of the thread against the needle, with one hand.

  • Wrap the thread around the sharp end of the needle two or three times, depending on how large you need the knot.

  • Pinch the twisted thread on the needle lightly, and pull the needle and thread up through the pinched fingers, so the twisted thread runs down to the bottom of the length of thread. Pull tightly.

  • Trim the end, if desired.

End Knot

  • Make a small straight stitch. Repeat the stitch, but do not pull tightly. Leave a small loop.

  • Bring the needle and thread through the loop, but do not pull it all the way. Grasp the thread that has not passed through the loop and hold it. Tighten the original loop, leaving the new loop free.

  • Pull the thread through the new loop and pull tightly, resulting in a tidy knot against the material.

  • Cut the thread.

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