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Tips & Techniques > Keep thread from tangling when beginning stitching

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Posted on: 8/16/04 6:36 PM
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This may be old to most of you, but I just learned a trick that has worked everytime I tested it. If you have a straigt stitch only machine you should hold your loose threads behind the foot when you put the presser foot down and begin to sew. If you have a zigzag machine (even if you are straight stitching on it) hold the threads to the left of the foot. The feed dogs catch the thread and keep it from making a nest! REALLY!

I learned on an old straight stitch machine and was always told to put the threads behind the foot. WHat did I know that that instruction was predicated upon my using a straight stitch only machine!!! Try it and let me know if it works for you, too!

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Loudone247 said... (1/6/06 1:18 AM) Reply
Left of the that to your left facing the machine, or to your right facing the machine?
stitchit said... (10/24/04 1:47 PM) Reply
Try having needle in its HIGHEST position before you start stitching and also you will never lose your top thread even if you forget to hold the two threads together.
Elisabetha said... (9/3/04 2:29 AM) Reply
This is a great tip; and it works like a treat!
KristenI said... (8/31/04 11:24 AM) Reply
I'm working on some knit baby clothes, with zigzag, and have been encountering this problem...I will use this tip now! Thanks so much.
Eme said... (8/22/04 3:57 PM) Reply
That's great -- I just learned about actually holding the threads behind the presser foot, but I didn't know about the zig-zag variation! Thanks!
cindyann said... (8/19/04 12:30 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tip. I've always held it behind the presser foot but will now try to the "left".
Jennifer shaw said... (8/17/04 6:32 PM) Reply
Great idea! I am not a lover of "bobbin art" either. lol
GorgeousFabrics said... (8/17/04 3:58 PM) Reply
I can't believe that in all the years I have been sewing, I never knew about this. I tried it today and it was amazing! Thanks for the tip. This is why I love PR! -Ann
alicia said... (8/17/04 10:43 AM) Reply
I always held the threads but never consciously thought if they were to the left or directly behind the presser foot... will have to check this out. Thanks!
SewVeryTall said... (8/17/04 2:21 AM) Reply
And to be extra clear for the beginners, the threads should be under the presser foot first.
PVA said... (8/16/04 8:25 PM) Reply
I too learned on a machine that only had a straight stitch & straight forward at that! (Shows you how old I am (8^O !) Thanks for this tip -- I'm going to give it a test-run then I'll let you know how it worked out, but I'll bet it's a winner!
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