How Do You Hide The Knot When Quilting

Knots in quilting are versatile, decorative, and functional. But there are times when quilters require securing it under the fabric to prevent its visibility. This calls for the post that elucidates the simple steps to hiding knots when quilting! Read more.

The roots of quilting can only be traced back some hundred centuries ago! But today, people follow the most effective techniques for quilting, hiding the knot being one of them. If an amateur crafter then could design it without any fancy equipment or DIY tutorial, what makes it difficult now?

The answer is NOTHING! And if you want to learn the easiest methods to secure your quilting knot to keep it invisible, read on. Here’s presenting the two most effective methods for making the work possible.

How Do You Hide The Knot When Quilting?

Quilting might be a hobby to some fellow sewers, while it’s the bread and butter for professionals. So, for a passionate learner, understanding the method to hide knots is a step closer to perfection! However, for professionals, these techniques help fix the job in a time-saving manner.

In this post, you will get information based on securing knots at the end of the thread while quilting. This will prevent the visibility of the knot. So, to consider learning the best methods, you can dive into the narrative as mentioned below.

Method 1: How Do You Hide The Knot When Quilting By Hand?

The best way to keep your knot secured at the end of the thread is by tying the knot and sinking it into the fabric. This will prevent people from seeing the knot, producing a neat look. As quilting demands beautifully-crafted elements, it’s important to produce a sleek look through this method.

For this reason, a simple quilter’s knot sounds pretty much impressive. Although there’s no reason why it sounds great, it makes the design look impressive and beautiful.

You can use the technique while starting with appliqué stitching or hand-quilting. The knot looks more or less like a French knot in embroidery. And here’s offering the following steps:

Step 1: Threading Your Needle

The first thing you need to consider is to thread the needle properly. Do it similarly as you’d do for other quilting fabrics!

Step 2: Selecting The Proper Thread Length

Although it’s pretty much confusing, you need to choose the right length. Here’s one quick note: You can choose around 2 inches of thread length for utmost convenience.

Step 3: Winding The Thread around the Needle’s Shaft

The third step is a crucial one, for it’s your time to wind up your chosen thread around your needle’s shaft. For this reason, closely hold the needle right at its eyelet. With another hand, do the job carefully!

Step 4: Holding Winded Thread

Now is the time when you need to be really careful about your actions. With your hand that holds the eyelet, grasp the winded thread too. After doing so, follow the next step.

Step 5: Pulling The Needle

Now, all you need to do is carefully concentrate on the needle. Pull it through with your hand that holds the eyelet as well as winding. Do not let the thread go off until you see a small knot at the end of the thread!

Step 6: Starting Off With Quilting

Before you start with the quilting method, all you’d require doing is to pull that knot into the fabric’s middle portion. Choose the area when you want to get started with the quilting!

Step 7: Secure The Knot Underneath

Here’s where you need to add a bit of professionalism! By saying this, you’d require pinching your thumbnail at the point. This will help the knot to get secured underneath the top fabric.

Method 2: How Do You Hide The Knot When Machine Quilting?

Who had ever imagined quilting getting so popular today? As different knots in quilting are for different purposes, trying out pro techniques for securing knots in machine quilting becomes helpful. Read more to learn how to bury knots while machine quilting!

To ensure the tidiness and beauty of the craft, you can establish neat starts and stops through this method. Here’s how to proceed:

Step 1: Threading The Machine

The first step to anything that’s quilting is to thread the needle, whether it’s by hand or by machine! So, here, you’d need to pull up the bobbin thread. Pull both of them to the side.

Step 2: The Process of Inserting

Now is the time when you’d require inserting the fabric sandwich carefully. How far you go with your professionalism, ensure that you are doing it carefully.

Step 3: Inserting The Needle

Here’s what you should be following: insert the needle into the quilt sandwich you made earlier in the second step. But just keep one thing in mind: Ensure that the presser foot is up here.

Step 4: Pulling Your Bobbin Thread

Ensure that you are pulling the bobbin thread through the fabric’s top portion. To perform this, all you’d require doing is putting down your needle and bringing it back again!

You can turn the wheel on one side of the machine (use the back and forth technique) by hand while tugging on the thread’s top gently until a loop appears!

Step 5: Put Threads Atop the Quilt Sandwich

To do so, use the stitch ripper to catch that loop. After, pull its end through to its top. You’ll see both the threads atop the quilt sandwich.

As you see it, put down the needle into the sandwich. Hold both the threads to each side, put the presser foot down & start your quilting. After you are some inches away from the beginning point, bury the knot. Ensure you have room for it!

Step 6: Tying a Small Knot

Using the thread tails, you can now tie a small knot. Thread the tails onto the needle before inserting the needle into the hole where that knot has got established. Here, you can run your needle inside layers of the sandwich.

You can double-check its backside to ensure that the threads are not visible. Push your needle in the front (around one inch away) from the starting point.

Step 7: Pulling The Ends of Threads

As you do so, give a gentle tug to them. Ensure that the knot pops below the fabric’s surface. Make the starting point look tidy on both the back and front. If you run out of bobbin in the middle of the quilt, here’s how to achieve hidden quilt knots.

Here’s A Quick Tip When You Run out of Bobbin amid a Quilt

When you don’t have enough of the thread tail and run out of bobbin in the middle, follow these:

#1 Flip the quilt over & work from its backside.

#2 You can use your stitch ripper and take out some stitches to give decent thread tails.

#3 Tie the knot.

#4 Thread your needle and reinsert it through that same hole your knot came from

#5 Run your threads through layers and to sides. Give threads a tug unless & until you see the knot getting disappeared under the fabric’s surface. You can trim its ends. The knot gets hidden completely.

#6 Start quilting again and flip your quilt over. Begin in the same manner from when you ended. Enjoy your seamless starts & stops accordingly.

How To End a Knot?

For doing so, you need to stop sewing with around three inches of the chosen thread to spare unless you get pro at making these knots. Loop your thread to achieve perfection at making the knot.

Rather than just pulling the thread into the knot, you can place the finger atop the thread and hold it against the cloth where you want to end the knot.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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