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Start Embroidery without Knots

If you are a just starting out with embroidery, I always suggest just tying a knot in the end of your thread.  So if you are new, just ignore this post, and tie a knot.  That’s what I do about 90% of the time anyway.  There are some circumstances, however, that you might want to secure and start embroidery without knots.  Usually this only applies if you are making something where the back of your work will show.   Take a look at my post on how to tie knots in the end of embroidery floss with a quilter’s knot.

Learn How to Start Embroidery without Knots

In this video, I’ll teach you four different methods to start embroidery without knots.  I don’t know the official names for all of these methods, but we’ll call them, catch the thread in the back, double thread loop, away waste knot, and anchor stitches.  (If you are using an ad blocker, you may need to turn it off to see the video.)

Most of these methods work best when you are stitching on a line.   There needs to be plenty of stitches in the back to weave your threads under, so they likely won’t work for something like the woven wheel stitch.  Take a look at my how to embroider for beginners post for more embroidery tips.

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Sunday 29th of October 2023

You do a very good job of explaining.


Monday 11th of January 2021

This is a great tutorial. I use a couple of these methods, but learned some new things. Thanks


Friday 16th of October 2020

Thank you, I'm an experienced switcher and I learned a new method (the one with the loop).


Friday 2nd of October 2020

Hi, Thank you for your website! Where do I find your video links? (Sorry, I'm not seeing it).

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 12th of October 2020

They should automatically play if you don't have an ad blocker on. I also have them on my YouTube channel:


Friday 15th of March 2019

Hi! What kind of hoop clamping system you’re using in this video?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Friday 15th of March 2019

It's just a regular hoop with a floor stand that I got at Michael's. I took out some of the pieces to make it shorter, so I could put it on a table for video. It's similar to the one that I link to in this post:

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