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    Which end of thread off spool should be knotted??

    I read somewhere long ago that the end of the thread you knot can control the "fraying" of the thread. Anyone know which is the proper end to knot off a spool of quilting thread - the first end pulled off or the end you cut from spool??? Thanks in advance!

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    i don't know if i'm right or not, but i always knot the end that came off the spool first
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    I read that with the way the thread is now manufactured it doesn't make any difference. I can't tell any difference.
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    You should knot the end you cut from the spool. It doesn't matter too much for most threads nowadays, but there are definitely some where it makes a difference.

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    I thread the needle off the spool and knot where I cut the thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    I thread the needle off the spool and knot where I cut the thread.
    Yes, I do it this way also. Some threads are a little "springier" and tend to tangle more for me the closer they get down to the spool. I do have beeswax to run the thread through if it starts to misbehave.

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    Thank you all for your responses!

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    I have read that by knotting the cut end you will be pulling the thread through the fabric with the twist so it frays less, (but I think the information may be out of date and most modern threads don't care).
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    I thread the needle off the spool and knot where I cut the thread.
    this is best for me.
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    I always thread the end that 1st comes off the spool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun View Post
    this is best for me.
    I’ve always believed this rule is the most trouble free.

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    I bet this explains why sometimes the thread is nice and sometimes its a snarly mess. I know I've lost track of which end is which, and I usually knot the cut end. Very interesting.

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    Since I usually thread my needle before cutting it off the spool, I knot the end I cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I always thread the end that 1st comes off the spool.
    I recently read an article on how thread goes onto a spool and that using it in the direction as it comes off the spool helps reduce snags or other issues so I, too, just started paying attention about a month or two ago. I have actually noticed a difference in hand sewing binding and appliqué.
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    I do this too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    I thread the needle off the spool and knot where I cut the thread.
    I do the same. I find that regular thread doesn't tangle if done that way. Got in the habit after reading an article and now I do it by habit for all threads.
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    I too knot the cut end. Also, I take the threaded needle and thread and run through an unused Bounce sheet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I always thread the end that 1st comes off the spool.
    So do I! Always have.

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    ditto/ I always reel off my thread and cut and know it closest to the spool.

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    Make that error to read "knot" it closest to the spool.

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