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    I just bought 1/2 dozen large spools of Glutterman cotton thread on sale and am so disappointed. I was using some of it to sew on the binding of my quilt and I got a knot in the thread about every other stitch. It was taking me forever and sometimes I couldn't get the knot out so had to cut the thread and restart. I tried running the thread through thread wax and even used a dryer sheet (which I heard about on this board) and nothing seemed to help. I finally switched to a poly thread and didn't have any problem. Anyone else have problems with 100% cotton thread for hand sewing. I'm thinking of taking it all back and buying the poly thread.

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    Thread your needle, before you cut the thread...
    It does make a difference :wink:

    Thread the needle, then take off the amount of thread you need and cut it. The thread won't tangle as much this way, due to the way it is manufactured. If you thread the needle with the other cut end, it will twist up and knot a lot more :D:D:D

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    You may have threaded your needle starting with the wrong end of the thread. Thread has a "grain" or directionality to it and if you try to sew against the grain, the thread gets tangled. I do like amma suggests. Thread from the spool BEFORE cutting the thread and then, I run my fingers along the thread to make it hang lose. No more tangles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    You may have threaded your needle starting with the wrong end of the thread. Thread has a "grain" or directionality to it and if you try to sew against the grain, the thread gets tangled. I do like amma suggests. Thread from the spool BEFORE cutting the thread and then, I run my fingers along the thread to make it hang lose. No more tangles.
    Same here!

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    I just learned something new

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    Thanks, Amma: I've been sewing for 50+ years and this is the first time I heard this. What a great thing to learn. Thanks from another "Am'ma"

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    I have never heard of this before! Of course I rarely hand sew anymore. Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiequilt
    I have never heard of this before! Of course I rarely hand sew anymore. Very interesting.
    I learned this with sewing on buttons. I don't hand quilt, but I do my binding on by hand. It really makes it so much faster not to have the twists and the knots.

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    I also just learned something new...Who knew?? Thanks!

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    I have never heard of this but so glad to have heard of it now.

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    Learned something new today!

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    Try running your thread over the finger moistener you get in the office supply store. The stuff the folk in the bank tough their fingers before counting money. I find this works great to keep tangles away from your thread. I use it with all kinds of thread - cheap and expensive.

    However, if your Gutterman is not performing, take it back and exchange to something that will work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Thread your needle, before you cut the thread...
    It does make a difference :wink:

    Thread the needle, then take off the amount of thread you need and cut it. The thread won't tangle as much this way, due to the way it is manufactured. If you thread the needle with the other cut end, it will twist up and knot a lot more :D:D:D
    I agree with Amma - this is the method I use. Have also noticed that some of my threads from France have a left - hand twist rather than a right hand one which is on the other brands. Folk say it can't be...however, I can see it and the thread is more likely to knot if threaded the 'wrong' directional way.

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