Knots are important to sewing.
Knots are used everyday, in many different ways. Knots hold boats to docks, shoes on feet and just generally keep things in place. Sewing machines typically make knots irrelevant thanks to backstitching. There are some items that require hand sewing and if you do not know how to tie a simple knot, you will not be able to keep the stitches from coming undone. If the stitches come undone, all of the effort that you put into the project will be for nothing and you will either have to do the stitches all over again or give up on the project all together, neither of which will be fun. Knots are an essential part of hand stitching and embroidery. If you take the time to learn the simple knots, you can be sure that your projects look professionally finished and are well crafted. When stitches come undone, it can be a very irritating situation, but tying a knot does not have to be difficult.
There are two different types of knots that are used when you are sewing by hand. The starter knot is a simple knot that simply keeps the fabric from going completely through the fabric when you are first starting to sew. The starter knot can be made by making a circle at the end of the thread that you are going to be using for the sewing project. You will then put the threaded needle through the center of the circle and pull it through. This could create a teeny, tiny knot at the end of the thread. Once the knot is made, you can then begin to sew. If you notice that the knot is so small that it travels through the fabric when you start to sew, you may want to do the process again. This will make the knot larger and help to prevent it from traveling through the fabric.
After you have finished sewing, you will need to close the stitch with a knot. The knot at the end of the stitch is very important because it will keep the stitches from coming undone. To make a finishing knot, you first need to find the last stitch of your sewing. Take the needle and carefully run the needle under the thread of the last stitch, but over the fabric. The needle will be sandwiched between the two. Pull the needle through and stop with about an inch of thread not pulled through. You then want to take your needle and put it through the loop that has formed. This will create a knot that will keep the stitches from coming undone. Many people choose to do a few closing knots at the end of their stitches to insure that the knots do not come undone and the stitching ruined. This is a quick and easy way to insure that you are able to quickly and easily finish any hand-sewing job and know that it is going to stay together and not fall apart within a few uses.