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Posted on: 1/20/05 1:37 PM
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This is actually a tip I learned from Sandra Betzina's "Sew Perfect" show on TV. (I miss that show!)

To keep your thread from knotting easily before hand-stitching, run it through beeswax. You can get the kind for sewing at Wal-mart for less than a dollar. You may have already known that. What you many NOT have known is that if you run a warm iron over it quickly after running it over the wax and before stitching, it makes the thread even more durable and you won't have a problem with it making irratating little wax balls on the surface of your fabric as you stitch.

If you've never used wax in your hand stitching, you will wonder how you got along without it once you start.

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mamafitz said... (1/26/05 3:31 PM) Reply
thread heaven does pretty much the same thing, but you don't have to press it with your iron. whether you use beeswax or thread heaven, it makes such a difference!
drsue said... (1/25/05 10:31 PM) Reply
yes, they really should emphasize in the books that you MUST do this. Most books I've read just say it's a good idea. It's acutally essential
Leslie in Austin said... (1/22/05 8:45 PM) Reply
Where was this tip *before* I did all the handstitching on that suede jacket?!? ;-) Thanks so much for sharing. I'll definitely add this to my repetoire.
GorgeousFabrics said... (1/21/05 9:41 AM) Reply
I use beeswax coated thread for all my handsewing. One additional piece of advice to add to this great tip - When you iron the wax into the thread, sandwich the thread between two layers of press cloth. That will keep wax residue off both your ironing board and iron. -Ann
SewVeryTall said... (1/21/05 5:54 AM) Reply
Good tip...I miss Sew Perfect too!!
Jennifer shaw said... (1/20/05 7:02 PM) Reply
Thanks for the reminder! In the costume shops that I worked in years ago, we would have prewaxed thread for hand work. The important thing was to press, the thread, so it would meld and make it stronger.
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