When I started quilting, I had no idea how to do this. My knots would look so ghetto, lol. This may be a no-brainer to a lot of you seasoned sewers out there, but for all of you that’d like a quick lesson, here’s a 3-step tutorial. I know I would have appreciated this 6 years ago! (Sorry the picture quality isn’t the best – I was taking these photos with my left hand).
You basically just a) and b) With your needle and thread, make a loop. Hold the thread’s tail so it doesn’t slip out. Then c) put the needle through the loop to create a knot. You can repeat a couple times.
This is great for when you’re hand stitching your binding. I also have a short video I made a while back on my Binding & Blind Stitching tutorial (scroll down for the video). There’s another technique on how to tie off a blind stitch. Either way works.
That’s it for now – just a quick tip!
Seems so simple, yet I probably would never have come up with it on my own. Thank you!
Read your blog from bottom to top yesterday –Obsessed! You make the most beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing so much of your time with us readers 🙂
Ghetto doesn’t seem like a appropriate word.
Lighten up Joy.
I agree. It doesn’t seem appropriate.
Angela, this is a sewing blog not a political debate, so…jump on off if you do not like the way she teaches .Seriously??
=) Thanks for the love
Thanks for the gentle reminder. Let’s all try to be thoughtful with our words.
These kind of reminders or new tips are really appreciated. I have dozens of blogs I browse each day (Bloglovin') and I always stop on the ones who offer new or old techniques. Thanks again for sharing something so simple but so helpful.
I have sewn for 50 years and always made ugly knots. Thanks for the tip!!!
Love this. I can’t remember not sewing for doing hand embroidery. My knots are awful. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will teach this trick to my granddaughter and use it all the time.
Geez! This may be one of the best tips I’ve ever received. I have always had “ghetto” knots too, and I cant wait to use this the next time I’m binding a quilt! Thanks!!!
🙂 you are very welcome! Glad this old post continues to help people out!
Great tips, this is what I have always done to end but never tried it for the beginning.
Love this tip ,thank you.
Hello, I scrolled down to see the video, however it isn’t there? Sometimes I can do better if I see it actually done. Do you have a video of the knot being done like the photo above?
Hello, whenever I finish sewing and try tying a knot they end up being big or sliping out. How can I prevent them from coming out and not being huge.
I an new and have no idea how you got from picture A to picture B, but I really wa t to know!!
The tip is great; the use of the word “ghetto” however not so much. Don’t understand why such a term fits or is appropriate.
Ghetto is only a slang word. There’s nothing deep-seated or ugly about it
Then you must not know the definition of the word “ghetto.” Very inappropriate bordering on elitist racism. Read a dictionary.
oh please, ghetto is slang for substandard…or to define slang with other slang, it means jacked up. I grew up in a ghetto and I do not find this slang offensive at all. It actually made me laugh because I got a clear mental image of her messed up knots.
I don’t know where you would use a knot like this since has a tail and it shows. Exactly what kind of sewing are you doing? It certainly isn’t for quilting.
This looks like a sample knot. The tail is out so you can see the way the knot is made. I’m sure you would start with burying the tail then start the knot. It is great for quilting.
Wow! Can’t believe how some of these comments are so rude. Please keep up the great work. You are doing a wonderful job!
Very nice blog Jera, you have shown me a way to knot I may not have discovered elsewhere. Thanks
Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 Happy sewing!
I agree with Pat. Since your blog goes out to so many individuals maybe you should be more sensitive.
Live and learn.
Im so lame Id have to see it in a yoytube vid, several times ??