This is how my mom taught me to make a knot in my thread many years ago. It feels like a magic trick. A knot seems to appear out of thin air!
Here are the steps.
1. Hold a threaded needle up in the air and pull at the thread ends until they are even.
2. Make an X on your pointer finger with the thread about 2 or 3 inches from the thread's ends.
3. Pinch the X with your thumb. Sometimes it helps to stick your finger in your mouth first to get it wet. Then the X stays put. I thought that was kind of gross so I learned to do it on my dry finger. Do whichever works for you.
4. While lightly pinching the X, roll the thread off your finger. Roll only in one direction. Do not roll the thread back and forth. That just keeps doing and undoing your knot, and it won't work!
Now you should have a twisty looking loop of thread like the photo below.
This will make your knot, or thread goober as I like to call it.
This knot will keep the thread from pulling all the way through your fabric when you sew.
It's like a little traffic cop that says, "Hey, you! Stop right there!"
Don’t worry if your knot is big and goobery at first. You’re going to hide it between two pieces of fabric anyway. No one will see it. It will get smaller with practice, I promise.
Learning to do this by yourself from the start means you won't have to ask Mom for help!
TIP: If the twisty loop disappears when you slide your fingers down the thread, and no knot appears, don’t panic. Try making the X further from the ends of the thread next time.
Keep trying. It will work!
© Sue Frelick 2011