How to untie a knot on a stitching thread

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Have you ever accidentally tangled your thread into a knot, and growled in frustration as you end up having to cut and start again…? No need anymore: with this simple trick, it’s actually very easy to untie these awful little knots!

Here’s how:

1. Whatever you do, STOP as soon as you notice the knot. Don’t pull (it would only tighten it further), and don’t stitch on (as it would pull on the knot):

Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

2. Place the needle halfway through the loop of the knot:

Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

3. Gently pull the needle away from the last stitch done (this will reduce the loop), and stop when the loop is snug around the needle:

Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

4. Remove the needle from knot:

Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

5. Gently untie the knot by pulling the thread of both sides of the knot at the same time:

Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

And there you have it 🙂 !

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Untying a knot tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

A few design ideas you may like, for which this method works really well:

 

Flora Pouch - Faby Reilly Designs
Flora Pouch - Faby Reilly Designs
Flora Pouch

PDF Pattern to stitch this pretty pouch and matching key fob. This set is ideal as a hand-bag companion, to store ear pods or tiny items (such as a supermarket trolley token, for example).
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Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet

PDF Pattern to stitch this beautiful and practical stitching wallet, either to keep inside your travel stitching bag, or to make an ever-so-special gift to a fellow stitcher. Folded, it’s no bigger than the hand, yet it’s big enough to hold a pair of scissors (11cm max), several needles, and small useful bits & pieces, such as a needle threader.

This design features hydrangea blooms and delicate Lisianthus flowers. It’s enhanced with special stitches, beads and mother-of-pearl sequins. Stitched and finished entirely by hand. No sewing machine required at any point.

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Once Upon a Rose Heart - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Heart - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Heart

PDF Pattern to stitch a heart of roses, pastel shades of pink and green, embellished with beads and sequins for a rich sparkly feel.

£5.00
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Snowdrop Scissor Case
Snowdrop Scissor Case - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowdrop Scissor Case

PDF Pattern to stitch this scissor case with delicately arranged snowdrops, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, white beads and mother-of-pearl sequins.

Perfect for scissors up to 11 cm (4.5″) long.

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Wintry Blooms Tissue Case - Faby Reilly Designs
Wintry Blooms Tissue Case - Faby Reilly Designs
Wintry Blooms Tissue Case

PDF Pattern for a tissue case with lovely wintry flowers in pastel shades, and silver thread, beads and sequins for a rich sparkly feel.

£5.00
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Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu. It can be used as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

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