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How to Tie a Sewing Knot

Unsure how to knot thread at the beginner or end of a hand sewing project? We're here to help!

By: Editors at AllFreeSewing.com
Updated March 26, 2021
How to Tie a Sewing Knot
How to Tie a Sewing Knot

If you're joining us after learning how to thread a needle, congrats! You did it. Now what?

It could be the fact that we’re just bored at the office or that we’ve been staring at fabric for too long and finally want to make something with it. Either way, you definitely need to learn some more hand sewing basics.

Today we’re exploring one of the most important aspects of hand sewing: How to Tie a Sewing Knot. With this step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to make an effective sewing knot both before and after you sew your project.

We’ll move sequentially, starting with how to make a secure knot before beginning, then go over what to do once your stitching is complete.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or just need a refresher, this quick tutorial is all you need to master this essential skill.

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How to Tie a Sewing Knot

There are two tutorials below, one showing you exactly how to tie your thread before hand sewing and then one showing you how to tie off your thread after you've finished.

Note: Click on any image to enlarge!

How to Tie a Knot in Thread Before Sewing:

You’ve threaded the needle, now you have to tie a knot. Seems pretty basic, but if you’ve never done it before you might start to second guess yourself here. This is the very basic way to make a sewing knot that will keep your stitches in place for hand sewing projects.
 

  1. The editors at AllFreeSewing suggest that when sewing by hand, sew with a double thread, meaning not just one single piece of thread through the needle, but a double layer.

  2. Match the two end pieces so they’re even.

  3. Fold an end piece in half so you’re “doubling” your double layers of thread (it will look like four pieces of thread next to each other).

  4. Twist these end pieces together to strengthen this piece.

  5. Tie a basic knot.

  6. Trim excess thread.

How to Tie Off Thread After Sewing:

You’ll need to secure a knot after finishing your sewing project so that your handiwork doesn’t fall out.

  1. After you’ve finished your last stitch in whatever hand sewing project you’re working on, push about half of the needle through a very small piece of fabric.

  2. Wind the thread around the needle a few times.

  3. Holding the wound thread in place, pull the rest of the needle out of the fabric.

  4. You will have created a knot.

  5. Tighten the knot & trim.

  6. That’s it! Now go forth and hand sew with confidence!

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