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Thread: To Knot or Not to Knot

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    Super Member rexie's Avatar
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    When hand quilting, how do you all tie off your thread? Do you knot or not knot?

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    I knot. It was interesting, at the first Quilt show in Long Beach I ended up with two hand quilting classes by different instructors. One knotted the other didn't.

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    knot and pull to bury

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblueeyes
    knot and pull to bury
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblueeyes
    knot and pull to bury
    Me too!!!

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    I don't knot......I bury it in the batting about 2 or more inches from where I begin stitching.....and I finish a line of stitching the same way.

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    I do now. A long time ago I didn't but Jim gave me a book for Christmas a few years back and it had directions that even I could follow. It shows how to wrap the thread around the needle and when you pull it through, it makes a knot and goes under the fabric. I end all my handquilting like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I do now. A long time ago I didn't but Jim gave me a book for Christmas a few years back and it had directions that even I could follow. It shows how to wrap the thread around the needle and when you pull it through, it makes a knot and goes under the fabric. I end all my handquilting like this.
    Yep, same here. It was like magic when I found out how to do that :)

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    Knot and bury in the batting.

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    Quilters knot and bury it every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I do now. A long time ago I didn't but Jim gave me a book for Christmas a few years back and it had directions that even I could follow. It shows how to wrap the thread around the needle and when you pull it through, it makes a knot and goes under the fabric. I end all my handquilting like this.
    I do the same way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I do now. A long time ago I didn't but Jim gave me a book for Christmas a few years back and it had directions that even I could follow. It shows how to wrap the thread around the needle and when you pull it through, it makes a knot and goes under the fabric. I end all my handquilting like this.
    I had a hard time with creating the knot. Then someone related it to a french knot in embroidery. I hadn't forgotten my grade school embroidery lessons. That made it clear enough for even me.

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    I make the quilter's knot when starting handquilting and bury it but how do you get the knot at the very end of your stitch when finishing? Boston1954 what is the title of the book?

    Oh, here is one of the best tips ever: When you get ready to pop the knot, put your thumbnail on the knot against the fabric. It will pop right in with no stress on the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I make the quilter's knot when starting handquilting and bury it but how do you get the knot at the very end of your stitch when finishing? Boston1954 what is the title of the book?

    Oh, here is one of the best tips ever: When you get ready to pop the knot, put your thumbnail on the knot against the fabric. It will pop right in with no stress on the thread.

    To do the end knot I take the needle and wrap thread twice around it - like doing a french knot- and then go back through the hole where the thread is coming from and come up about inch away. Then just pop that knot through and clip your thread.
    Hope that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblueeyes
    knot and pull to bury
    this is what I do too

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    Here's my fave method. Right at the beginning of the video.
    http://www.sharonschambernetwork.com...oopless/2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBunn
    Quote Originally Posted by liblueeyes
    knot and pull to bury
    Me too!!!
    knot and pull through to the batting. Especially if it is a quilt that you are going to be washing. Tie a know about 1/8 from the last stitch, and then make next stitch, and pull through batting, and out about 1 inch from last stitch and cut. This will save loosing stitches later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I do now. A long time ago I didn't but Jim gave me a book for Christmas a few years back and it had directions that even I could follow. It shows how to wrap the thread around the needle and when you pull it through, it makes a knot and goes under the fabric. I end all my handquilting like this.
    This is what I do too. Knot and bury.

    Kyia

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    I use a 'quilters knot' at least I think that's what it's called. If you were doing embroidery,it's a french knot; then bury it.
    'take the tail, wrap it around the needle 3 or 4 times, then slide it down the length of the thread,' ta da.

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    I was trained to knot and run the thread a long tail between the batting, no just clip the knot.

    I say trained as if by a master, but she was a wonderful quilter had been running a shop for 25 years.

    I do as she told me.. lol
    Good luck!

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    ok, talked about the end of stitching, but the beginning, I agree.. was taught.. see other post on "taught"...
    hold needle, wrap thread several times around needle and pull. this knots the thread differantly than I have always done..works great ! pull and through the first material and bury in the batting.
    good luck !

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    Yes, I knot and bury.

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    Thanks for all the information on knotting!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblueeyes
    knot and pull to bury
    My Mom taught me to tie a knot and bury it between layers

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