How to stop a lone stitch

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If you’ve ever had to stitch a pesky stitch that stands like a Billy No-Mates in the middle of nowhere, you’ll know how tricky it is to start and stop it, without having anywhere to anchor your thread to.

Here’s a quick and easy way to do it 😉

Meet the culprit:

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

1. You want to start it using the loop method (explained HERE), that way there’s no mess on the back of your work. And if you’ve done it right, it should look like this (from the back):

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

Pretty neat, isn’t it?

2. Now to finish it. So we’re staying on the back of the work. Push the needle through the back of the stitch:

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

3. Pull it, until you get a little loop, and then push the needle through the loop.

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

4. That’s going to create a little knot. Pull it tight.

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

5. And do the same again, so that you have 2 knots. Pull them tight.

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

6. Then simply push the needle through the back of the knots again.

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

7. And snip the thread off. (I haven’t cut it too close here, so that you can see where it’s snipped, but you don’t have to leave it so long 😉 !)

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

And the best thing is…… it works with anything! You can use this method to stop a line of backstitch, and I even use it at the back of each bead I stitch, to make sure it doesn’t become loose and start drooping.

If you found this tip useful, feel free to share it 🙂

Stop a stitch Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

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