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Posted on: 4/26/04 1:57 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 4 people   
I recently read this tip in a book:
If you thread the needle with the end of the thread that comes off the spool first (instead of the end you cut), you are sewing with the spiral rather than against. I tried it and it does seem to help avoid the twisty knots.

Of course, Thread Heaven wax helps also.

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j2anna said... (10/21/07 10:23 AM) Reply
Great explanantion. Thanks
serendpd said... (5/22/07 1:41 AM) Reply
I like this tip! Thanx
serendpd said... (5/22/07 1:41 AM) Reply

serendpd said... (5/22/07 1:38 AM) Reply
This is the kink of tip I like! Unexpectantly simple. Thanx
ms.gerri said... (6/26/04 11:32 AM) Reply
gerat thought, I will try as I do a lot of aew at work. The twisty thread slow down my work.
May May said... (5/10/04 9:59 PM) Reply
Thanks for that tip! I normally use the wax, but sometimes it builds up and get stuck in the eye of the needle.
SewVeryTall said... (4/29/04 5:37 AM) Reply
Joann...that is truly a new one for me. I'm wondering how big the eye of your needle is, to accomplish the threading without going insane! ;) I will try it, though. p.s. my comment above is for single thread hand sewing.
Joann Eidhoff said... (4/28/04 9:34 AM) Reply
When I hand sew buttons on I always thread both ends of the thread into the needle and then form a loop at the eye of the needle. The thread never twists this way. (This is an old 4-H hint that I've been using longer that I wouldliketo admit.)
Ann C said... (4/27/04 8:50 AM) Reply
Have not tried Thread Heaven, but beeswax works well for me.
SewVeryTall said... (4/27/04 5:34 AM) Reply
Good tip, it does really help. I always do this, and I also knot that end before cutting the thread off the spool. If you should take thread from a bobbin for hand sewing, do the opposite.
 
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