Embroidery is a beautiful and intricate art form that involves creating decorative designs on fabric using various stitches. Knowing how to end an embroidery stitch properly is essential to ensure your work looks neat and professional. Here, we’ll guide you through the steps to end an embroidery stitch effectively.
Materials You’ll Need
Finish stitching your design up to the point where you want to end the thread. Ensure that you have at least a couple of inches (5-10 cm) of thread left to work with.
2. Loop the Thread Under
Take your needle to the backside of the fabric (the wrong side) at the point where you want to end the stitch. Make sure the needle goes under the existing stitches on the backside, securing it in place.
3. Make a Small Knot
Create a small knot by wrapping the thread around the needle once or twice. Hold the wrapped thread close to the fabric to prevent it from slipping off the needle. This knot helps anchor the thread securely.
4. Pull the Needle Through
Gently pull the needle and the wrapped thread through to the wrong side of the fabric. The knot should sit snugly against the back of the fabric. Ensure that you don’t pull too tight, as this can distort the front of your embroidery.
5. Trim Excess Thread
Using your scissors, carefully trim the excess thread, leaving a small tail of about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm). Make sure not to cut too close to the knot to avoid unraveling. Trimming the thread close to the knot ensures a clean finish.
6. Secure Loose Ends
To ensure the thread doesn’t come undone over time, you can apply a small dab of clear fabric glue or a fabric-specific adhesive on the knot. This is particularly useful for delicate fabrics or if you’re gifting or selling your embroidery work. Allow the glue to dry completely before handling the fabric.
7. Weave in the Tail (Optional)
For extra security, especially if your embroidery will receive a lot of wear and washing, you can weave the remaining thread tail under existing stitches on the backside. This adds an extra layer of reinforcement and helps prevent the thread from coming loose.
Tips and Considerations
- Practice Makes Perfect: It may take a bit of practice to create a neat and secure ending to your embroidery stitches. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look perfect the first time; with practice, your skills will improve.
- Thread Selection: Be mindful of thread thickness and color when ending stitches. You want the ending to blend seamlessly with the rest of your design.
- Consistency: Try to be consistent with your ending technique throughout your embroidery project to maintain a uniform appearance.
- Experiment: Depending on your project and personal preference, you can explore different ways to end stitches, such as weaving the thread under existing stitches or using a different knotting method.
Securing a Knot
|1||Knot and Clip||1. Make a knot at the end of the thread.||Prevents unraveling||Embroidery floss, scissors|
|2. Trim excess thread close to the knot.|
|2||Backstitch||1. Bring the needle to the back of the fabric.||Creates a secure hold||Embroidery needle, fabric|
|2. Take small backstitches in the same spot.|
|3||Weaving Under Stitches||1. Insert the needle under existing stitches.||Conceals loose ends||Embroidery needle, fabric|
|2. Weave under for about half an inch.|
|4||French Knot||1. Create a French knot at the end of the thread.||Adds decorative finish||Embroidery floss, fabric, needle|
|2. Secure with additional knots if needed.|
|5||Thread Fusion||1. Melt the thread end with a thread burner.||Bonds threads together||Thread burner, embroidery floss|
Using a Waste Knot
|1||Starting with a Waste Knot||1. Begin with a separate waste knot away from your design area.||Temporary anchor||Embroidery floss, fabric|
|2. Stitch your design, passing the needle through the waste knot.|
|3. Cut the waste knot close to the fabric surface.|
|2||Burying the Tail||1. Leave a tail at the back of your work.||Conceals loose ends||Embroidery floss, fabric|
|2. As you embroider, weave the tail under stitches.|
|3||French Knot on Tail||1. Create a French knot with the tail end.||Adds a decorative finish||Embroidery floss, needle|
|2. Secure with additional knots if necessary.|
|4||Loop and Tack||1. Form a loop with the tail and tack it down.||Secures the thread||Embroidery floss, needle, fabric|
|2. Conceal the tail by stitching over it.|
|5||Weaving the Tail||1. Weave the tail under existing stitches.||Conceals and secures||Embroidery needle, fabric|
|1||Backstitch Lock||1. Take a small backstitch at the end of your thread.||Secures the stitch||Embroidery needle, fabric|
|2. Pass the needle under the last stitch and pull tight.|
|2||Knot and Hide||1. Make a knot close to the fabric surface.||Hides the knot||Embroidery floss, needle|
|2. Insert the needle under stitches and trim close.|
|3||Running Stitch Lock||1. Make several running stitches at the end.||Prevents unraveling||Embroidery floss, fabric|
|2. Pull tight, then trim excess thread.|
|4||Chain Stitch Lock||1. Finish with a small chain stitch.||Adds a decorative finish||Embroidery floss, fabric, needle|
|2. Secure with additional knots if needed.|
|5||Buttonhole Stitch Lock||1. Complete a buttonhole stitch at the end.||Secures the stitch||Embroidery floss, fabric, needle|
|1||Loom-Knotted Tail||1. Create a loop with the thread tail.||Adds a unique finish||Embroidery floss, loom|
|2. Pass the needle through the loop and pull tight.|
|2||Quilting Knot||1. Make a knot at the end of the thread.||Quilting-specific finish||Embroidery floss, fabric|
|2. Insert the needle into the batting layer and back up.|
|3||Tailored Blanket Stitch||1. Finish with a tailored blanket stitch.||Neat edge finish||Embroidery floss, fabric, needle|
|2. Secure with additional stitches if needed.|
|4||Crochet Stitch Finishing||1. Complete the stitch with a crochet technique.||Adds a crochet touch||Crochet thread, crochet hook|
|2. Fasten off securely.|
|5||Bead Embroidery Finishing||1. Secure beads with a final stitch.||Enhances beadwork||Beads, embroidery floss, needle|
Tips for Neat Endings
|1||Thread Tension||Maintain even tension while ending stitches.||Prevents puckering||Embroidery hoop, fabric|
|2||Thread Length||Leave a reasonable tail for securing.||Easier to work with||Embroidery scissors|
|3||Thread Type||Use a thread type suitable for your project.||Achieves desired look||Appropriate embroidery thread|
|4||Secure Gradually||Secure threads periodically as you work.||Reduces bulk||Needle, fabric|
By mastering the art of ending embroidery stitches, you’ll ensure that your handiwork is not only visually appealing but also durable and long-lasting. With practice and attention to detail, you can elevate your embroidery projects to a professional level, creating stunning pieces of art that stand the test of time.