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Sewing BirdKnotless start

  • Once you have selected your floss color cut a 36" length.

    The floss is composed of 6 strands of thread. You'll need to separate the strands...

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  • Slowly pull one strand out at a time. If you pull out more than one strand at a time your thread will tangle and knot.

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  • Fold your single strand of thread in half.

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  • Bring the two ends together.

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  • Moisten and trim them even.

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  • Pinch the ends between your thumb and forefinger. Hold the eye of the needle close and slip the ends through.

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  • The needle is now threaded. No knot is needed at the end of the thread. The loop will be used to anchor the thread when you take your first stitch. Threading the needle this way results in a two-strand thickness for your embroidery, which works well for most images.

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  • If you would like a bolder line, start with 2 strands folded in half, which will result in a four-strand stitching thickness. For very delicate lines like the features on a face, use one strand that is not doubled. This is the exception to our knotless start rule: It requires the dreaded knot.

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  • Pick a point on the image to start your first stitch. Remember start your stitching at an intersection of two or more lines, not in the middle of a line.

    Coming from underneath push the needle through the fabric to the front.

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  • Leave a loop on the backside of the fabric.

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  • Take a stitch and push the needle down to the backside.

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  • Pass the needle through the loop on the backside.

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  • Slowly pull the thread.

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  • Tighten the small loop until it is flush with the fabric.

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  • Bring the needle back up and start stitching!

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