I read a tip somewhere, maybe here, that if you hand sew with the thread going in the same direction it comes off the spool, it wouldn't get snarly. That applies of course to sewing with a single thread. I thought yeah sure. Well maybe I'll try it sometime.
Yesterday I was hand basting some plush back elastic to spandex and thread was seriously snarly. It became tangled numerous times. So I thought it's time to try this tip.
The problem in the past is that I usually pull the thread off the spool then thread the needle. By the time I've remembered to try this tip, I don't remember which end came first. So I figured the solution was to pay attention to the sequence. The sequence of steps you follow in most sewing processes is soooo important. So I paid attention.
Rather than cutting the thread first I followed these steps:
1. Unwind the amount of thread you need.
2. I then beeswaxed it. I don't always do this but I was desperate.
3. Thread the needle.
4. THEN cut the thread off the spool and immediately knot the end.
Not one snarl on the next line of hand basting. I am totally convinced this is the way to make your life so much easier. I hope you will find this technique as helpful as I did. What an amazing time saver. Not to mention waving good bye to the frustration of straightening out snarled thread.