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Anatomy of a Strand of Thread: Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! I’m hosting today while my dear friend Stephanie over at Late Night Quilter is traveling with her family.

One of the perks of quilting retreats and other social sewing is that little tips are tossed around. Today I’m going to share a very simple yet important tip about using the thread you cut from a spool during hand stitching. As a self-taught sewist, these are the bits of knowledge that I miss, since rarely are there blog posts about the bare basics of sewing. While basting our needle-turn applique projects around the table at the Slow Stitching Retreat, I caught this important tip:

anatomy of a spool of threadUse the thread in the same direction it comes off the spool. The tail end that you pull to unravel your length of thread should be the side you thread through your needle. The end that you cut should be the knot end. This way, you are pulling the thread through the fabric in the intended direction, which works with the ply of the thread instead of against. Using the thread in the proper direction significantly decreases tangles and twists while stitching. Simple, right?!

I never knew that it mattered which end was which, so I didn’t pay attention while cutting my thread lengths. Now, when I’m pre-threading a bunch of needles for a good binding or hand stitching session, I thread each needle as the thread is cut instead of accumulating a nice pile of threads and then grabbing any which end to thread through the needle.

Stephanie’s Tips and Tutorials link ups from previous weeks are filled to the brim with great time savers, tricks, and how-to’s. I’d definitely recommend browsing them with your Pinning finger ready. how to make your own sewing tags vini vidi vickyOne of my favorites from last week was this tutorial by Veni Vidi Vicky on how to make your own sewing tags (which could easily be adapted to making your own quilt labels!). She gives great step by step instructions on how to use Spoonflower, which is something I’ve been tempted to do but have yet to try.

Now it’s your turn! Do you have any little tips or great tutorials to share this week?  If you do, please link up below!

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12 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Strand of Thread: Tips and Tutorials Tuesday”

  1. So simple, it’s gonna save me a lot of frustration over twisted/knotted thread.
    Best tip I’ve heard, like you I’m a self taught sewist.
    Indeed that Aurifil thread is a beauty:)

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    1. Hmmm interesting point! I wonder if with machine sewing the ply doesn’t matter as much since it’s a controlled tension and feed? I might need to call Myth Busters, although it seemed like a commonly known fact among the experienced sewists at the retreat. For now, I’ll take their word for it. I’ll update you if I find out more!

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  2. I had never thought of Spoonflower to make your own quilt tags… what a great idea! I just tested them out this summer and printed a few Heather Ross prints. I picked to print on Kona cotton because I know exactly the kind of quality to expect. So far so good… would love to see your version of this!

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