Hints & Tips: Needle & Thread

A little while ago we asked you, our lovely readers, to share some of your top tips for sewing – and you certainly didn’t let us down! They range from wise and wonderful to weird and frankly wacky! But one thing they all have in common is that they are effective.

Here are some of our favourites to help you keep your needle and thread tangle free…

To keep thread, floss & yarn from tangling and knotting when sewing, every so often hold the tail of the medium with the needle dangling and let it unwind. Another trick to keep thread, floss & yarn from tangling and knotting when sewing is to thread it through a bit of beeswax before starting, or thread it through thick unscented and non- tinted lip balm.

– Elzabet

When working on a large embroidery design which uses the same colour repeatedly yet in very different areas, try threading a few needles with the same colour and work the different areas separately. It’s especially helpful if completing a background (sky or trees for example) and eliminates long jump threads or repeated stops and starts.

– Linda Bickford

If you are having trouble threading your needle, flip it over and try again. Needles are now stamped out making a “right” and a “wrong” side to your needle. If you look at it carefully, you can see which is the right side.”

– Chrissy

Always have your thread no longer than the length between you elbow and the tip of your finger. This avoids thread knotting up.

– Ann Brown

When working with metallic thread, place in the fridge for a few hours. Works wonders!

– Chris

For hand sewing or hand quilting, I find that beeswax is a must for keeping your thread from developing a tangled knot. Simply run your thread along the edge of a piece of beeswax (in a sewing notions store you can purchase a handy little container) and your thread will glide through your fabric so easily.

– Katherine Hawkes

What are your top tips for sewing? Leave them in the comments below, we’d love to know!

You can read our top tips for keeping organised while sewing HERE

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