How To End An Embroidery Stitch

Are you an embroidery expert? Then you will conquer with the fact that starting and ending the embroidery stitch are crucial steps. Whether it’s a shirt or duvet you are embroidering, you must know how to complete the stitches. Ending the stitch will protect your stitches, preventing them from getting loose, among other benefits. So, if you are a beginner, ensure you pay close attention to these sections. In this informative piece, you will learn how to end a stitch.

There are several ways you can achieve this. It depends on the embroidering technique you are using. The most prevalent techniques are the use of a machine and hand sewing. The process will be much easier if you are using a machine. Just the same way, it is much easier to embroider using the machine than hand sewing. This post will, however, show you how to go about the process using either technique. Read on.

How to End an Embroidery Stitch?

Embroidery Stitch

How one ends an embroidery stitch will depend on the stitching technique and how one wants to end it. You end it without necessarily making a knot. To achieve this, run your threaded needle to the stitches you make last. Do this at the back of your fabric and secure your thread after finishing. When hand sewing, make a twist on your final stitch and pass the needle through it.

How to End an Embroidery Stitch Using a Sewing Machine

Using a machine to end the embroidery stitch is much more comfortable and straightforward comparable to hand sewing. You will need to carry out backstitching, just a couple of them, and finish by cutting your thread. It may sound quite a tiresome task, but it’s not. Here is how to go about it.

Step 1: Stitch Your Fabric

Stitch Your Fabric

Of course, you need to stitch the fabric first before you end it. There are different stitches you can choose to use. From zigzag to straight stitch, different types of clothes and materials will need different stitches.

But that’s not the main point here! The main point is ensuring you stitch your fabric until you are about 3/4 inch from the edge. Or to put it better until you are about to finish stitching. Ensure you are well conversant with sewing using a machine to prevent missing and sewing until the edge.

Step 2: Reverse Your Machine

Various machines will have different locations for the reverse button that you will press to reverse the machine. But you will most probably find it near the stitch dial. However, it is usually a circle with a u-turn arrow. The arrow indicates that the machine will stitch in the opposite direction. Depending on the machine you are using, you may need to hold the button as you sew.

Step 3: Make the Backstitches

Make the Backstitches

After pressing the reverse button, you can now make the backstitches. You may need to use the foot pedal when making the stitches. Ensure you make just a few of them, maybe 3 of them or at most 5. The machine will neatly make the stitches over the stitches you last completed. It ensures that your stitch has a proper grip.

If the stitches you make are even lesser, use the hand dial. You can also make the end stitches firmer by modifying the length of your stitch. Shorter stitch length will make the grip tighter and will ensure that the stitches don’t untangle.

Step 4: Make Forward Stitches Up to the Edge of the Fabric

Release the reverse button and make new stitches over the last stitches. Stitch up to the edge of the fabric. That’s it! You can assure yourself now that the stitches are in place. Around the edge of your material, you will have three lines that lap over at the end.

Step 5: Cut the Thread

Start by raising the needle and the presser foot to enable the sliding out of the fabric. The handwheel will help in raising the needle. Remove your material now and cut the thread on the final stitch. Ensure you cut the thread that is near the fabric. You now have your complete and neat looking embroidery stitch!

How to End an Embroidery by Hand

End an Embroidery by Hand

Making embroidery by hand sewing is quite a task. Ending the stitch is not less to this. It will require so much diligence and effort to complete. Remember, the goal is to end the embroidery stitch and ensure it is neat and secure. In this specific section, you will learn how to end an embroidery stitch when stitching by hand.

Step 1: Turn the Fabric to the Wrong Side

You don’t want the knots you make to be visible on the right side. That is why you need to flip your fabric to the wrong side. You will be stitching on the wrong side, and it clearly shows your last stitches. That will make your stitching work easier.

Step 2: Start Stitching

On the wrong side and at the last stitch, pass the needle through it. Pull the needle. It will come out on the other side of the fabric. Pull the thread to come up with a twist. It needs to be about 1 inch.

Before you start stitching, ensure the thread you have on the needle is enough so that it is easy to make the twist. Tying more threads at the end of the thread will make the process easier. After connecting the thread, pass the needle through the next thread.

Step 3: Pass the Needle at the Loop and Make a Firm Knot

You already made a loop. Drive the needle through it and pull it until the circle closes. You will then have a knot. To prove what you have done is correct, you can pull up the thread to see three threads at the bottom.

Step 4: Double Knot the Stitch

Double Knot the Stitch

To have two knots on your fabric, make another twist or loop on your thread. If you want to make certain that the stitches are firm, pass the needle at the same stitch. It will create another loop. Pull the needle tightly through the loop. You now have another knot.

Step 5: Trim the Extra Thread

Use scissors to cut near the knot you have made. You will notice the thread remaining. It has no issue since it’s invisible on the material’s right side. Turn over the material. It is now ready for its use.

Tips for Ending the Embroidery Stitch

  1. Ensure the final ending you have is neat. It does not necessarily mean that you shouldn’t have big knots. It also means that no thread should show at the end. Trimming the end after washing and ironing the fabric will help.
  2. Ensure you leave enough working thread after embroidering. 4 to 6 inches will be excellent to help you end the embroidery stitch.
  3. To make your thread stay in place, you only need to make a few stitches. You need not make multiple stitches and loops on your fabric. Multiple stitches will not only make your work untidy but also challenging to carry out.
  4. After running the thread on the stitches, you needn’t pull it so tightly or make them too loose. Ensure they stay in place comfortably.
  5. Stitching frequently will significantly aid in boosting the finishing thread skills.

How Can You End Embroidery Stitching on an Area Full of Satin Stitch?

After making your last stitch, run the needle under the previous stitches. Rerun the needle on the same stitches but the reverse. Moreover, ensure you can’t see the thread under the stitches. So, bury it under them. Trim the thread. It will be hard to notice the finishing of your thread. The only noticeable thing is the tails, and you can also trim them off.

Are Knots Very Necessary in Ending an Embroidery Stitch?

No. It is not a must you use knots to end an embroidery stitch. They help to secure the ends. However, you can employ other techniques to tie the ends. Knots may make the backside of your fabric bumpy. And you can feel them also on the front side. These are some problems that come with having knots. So, if you have other alternatives to them, go for them.



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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