I want to collect some data. This won't be a scientific collection of data, but rather an anecdotal sampling. When we thread our needle and then cut the thread, we have always knotted the end with the freshest cut. We do this because it cuts down on the knots and frays that form in our thread if we knot the other end. This is what we know works for us and it's what we teach.
Bob Purcell from Superior Threads recently wrote this in his most recent newsletter:
Question: When hand appliqueing or hand quilting, there is a school of thought that says you pull the
thread off of a spool and knot the end you cut while others say you
pull the thread off of a spool and knot the end you pull. The notion
is that there is a twist to thread and pulling it one way through fabric is better than the other and pulling it the wrong
way ends up causing problems. So, what’s the answer?
Answer: It will matter if you use a low quality, loosely twisted,
budget thread. If you use a
high quality thread with a tight, consistent twist (such as So Fine,
Bottom Line, MasterPiece, or Kimono Silk) for hand applique or King Tut
and Treasure for hand quilting, the twist is so smooth, precise and
consistent, the direction does not matter.
So what I want to know is what happens when YOU sew. Are you careful about the end of the thread that you knot? Do you have problems? Do they clear up if you knot the end we tell you to knot? Who knows – in the years we've been appliqueing maybe thread has changed.
I'm off teaching Decatur and Bloomington, IL, this week. I'll happily read your responses from out there on the road.