A Two Loop Knot Will Secure Your Hand Stitching

It would appear that quilters are always looking for ways to do most things more quickly and easily, and one of these things is tying knots to end stitching.

There are a few different ways that you can finish your hand stitching so that it will stay sewn but won’t add extra bulk to your quilt. Those of us who do some hand stitching can choose one of these methods. Here is a simple method for tying a knot that will not only be secure but will also keep your stitching in place.

If you want to tie this knot without too much difficulty, you should have about 4 inches of thread left over. In other words, you need to plan ahead.

The first thing you need to do is make a backstitch with your thread so that you can form a small loop. After you have pulled the needle and thread through the fabric entirely, you will be left with a small loop.

Pass the needle you’re using through the loop. Take special care not to let the loop get broken.

You can create a second loop by pulling the thread through the first one.

You should take care to maintain the integrity of both loops as you thread your needle through the second loop.

To complete the second loop, pull the thread through it. Maintain the integrity of both loops.

To make a figure 8, gently pull the thread in the opposite direction. This will be the knot that you use.

To make a knot next to the fabric, draw the thread completely through the loop until you reach the end. If you pull it too tightly, puckers will form in the thread stitching caused by the tension.
Remove the excess thread, making sure to leave a tail that is approximately 1 cm long.

This quilt was made in the middle of the 1980s and was entirely hand-pieced. Each patch was cut out with its own pair of scissors, and then it was hand-sewn onto the garment using the methods described in this and other articles about hand sewing patches:

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