Dealing with Threads that Tangle While You Sew
Pull the thread through the fabric and stitches slowly. Sometimes the faster you go the slower your work will come together. Your thread needs time to untwist itself.
Use a needle with a larger eye. You can tell if the eye of your needle is too small when the thread frays or tangles as you work with it. Or use a needle with a rounder eye.
The Knitting Needle Fix:
Step 1. After entering the cloth to make your stitch and before you pull the thread through the fabric - insert a wood knitting needle under the thread and over the sewing needle as shown.
Step 2. Pull your sewing needle and thread through the fabric.
Step 3. Pull the thread until the loop around the knitting needle is snug.
Step 4. Keeping the tension of the thread snug slowly slip it down the point of the knitting needle until it slips off.
Step 5. Tighten up your stitch.
Good to know:
- Metal knitting needles are too slippery so it is best to use wood.
- For very thin thread use a #18 or larger darning sewing needle instead of the knitting needle.
- You must use both hands - use a hoop to keep your hands free.