The Easy Way to Tie a Knot at the End of Your Sewing Thread

This is a wonderful trick I learned in a millinery class. It’s one of those silly things that someone shows you and you wonder why you never thought of that….  It’s simply the fastest way to tie a knot at the end of your sewing thread. I mean, right at the end, every time, without the knot slipping off the end of the thread.

needle and thread end in hand

Start with a threaded needle. Hold the end of the thread and the needle in the same hand, so that the thread makes a giant loop.

thread and needle held between thumb and forefinger

Grasp both thread and needle between your thumb and index finger. Hold them towards the eye of the needle. There should be about 1/4" of thread tail hanging past your thumb.

winding the thread around the needle

Wind the thread around the needle three to five times. The more you wind, the bigger the knot. I usually use my other hand to do this, but it's holding a camera.

knot has been slid partway along thread

Shift your grip slightly so you're pinching the wrapped thread and the needle. Grasp the needle with your other hand, and pull it as though taking a stitch. This will slide the little coil of thread onto the main thread (seen here).

knot at end of thread

Continue pulling the needle, until the thread has all been pulled through the coil. Let go of the end. You have a knot.

creating a larger knot

If your knot is not large enough, simply repeat the process. Make sure that the original knot is somewhere in the middle of the thread you're wrapping around the needle.

bigger knot at end of thread

Pull the needle through, as before. Now you have a larger knot, because your original knot is in the middle of the new knot.

11 thoughts on “The Easy Way to Tie a Knot at the End of Your Sewing Thread

  1. missa says:

    Teehee…. That is *exactly* what I thought when I learned it. I’ve never gone back to knotting off thread (starting or finishing) with anything but a bullion knot. (Well, except when I forget to leave myself enough thread. That’s a whole different thing, though.)

    7 years ago | Reply

    • missa says:

      Yep – down with that. ;) I’ve learned to do a lot of sewing tasks one handed, mostly because I lack the planning skills to to obvious things (like threading needles and tying knots) in advance. *laugh*
      Glad you’re enjoying the site!

      7 years ago | Reply

  2. Annique says:

    I nominate your for a Pulitzer Prize!

    7 years ago | Reply

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