One of the biggest annoyances of hand sewing is getting thread all tangled up. Leah Rybak gives us a helpful tip to help prevent this problem. Using beeswax helps the thread from sticking together and makes hand sewing a much more enjoyable experience.
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To help keep hand sewing thread from tangling put the knot in the end that comes off the spool last. Thread has a knap or direction. Gently pull a piece of thread (it can be hand sewing thread, sewing machine thread, embroidery floss, yarn or even string) through thumb and forefinger one way then the other. You will notice that one direction is smoother than the other. Put the knot at the end of the smoother direction. The is the end that comes off the spool last.
What happened to the conditioner to apply to the spool?
The conditioner soaks into and conditions the thread.
No need to post this feedback. Moderator: please teach instructors to speak proper English. “show you this quick?” …quickly. “kina?” kind of. Also, not every sentence should end as a sentence. Hair flipping and low cut shirt is distracting and annoying to us seniors.
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That knot…I’ve never heard of that idea before! It won’t cause trouble when you start sewing? And I’ve also wondered if the residue of the beeswax will show when the fabric is ironed later?
Why was she knotting the thread at the needle?
Do you run the needle & thread through the beeswax or lay the bees wax on top of the thread and pull it… You could not tell from the picture. Enjoy the videos.
You can do whichever method works best for you. What I find easiest is to hold the beeswax and then run the thread through it- pulling the thread and keeping the beeswax stationary.
Hope this helps!
National Sewing Centre, c’mon – for crying out loud – I realise this is a free video and two years old to boot – but can you people PLEASE USE PROPER VIDEO ANGLES!. Okay so you thread through the beeswax – at least turn the thing around to show people you have pierced the stupid thing – as apposed to putting it on top of the thread…. honestly, I’m over these hilly billy presentations and will happily unsubscribe….. what a waste of downloadable data!!!!
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what’s with the to low plunging neckline????? PLEASE
This only works if you iron the thread after running it through the wax to set it into the thread otherwise as soon as you start sewing the wax rubs off in the material after the first few passes.
Suggestion: A long-standing rule in both hand sewing and hand embroidery is to limit the thread’s length to 18″. I have found that if I try to go much over this amount I always have trouble, even with beeswax.