How to Tie A Sewing Knot to Finish

How you end a sewing project determines its quality and durability. A good ending stitchwill make sure that your sewing does not come off. That is why it is important to learn how to tie a sewing knot to finish sewing.

How to Tie a Knot to Finish Sewing

Tie a Knot to Finish Sewing

Pass your needle back through your last stitch to make a loop. Pass your needle through the loop, do not pull, so that you now have two loops. Pass your needle through the second loop and pull back to create a third loop. Pull on the first loop you made until it makes a knot on your fabric. Then gently pull on the needle to close the other two loops to make a firm finishing knot.

Here are some additional methods that you can use to sew a perfect finishing knot by hand. 

6 Ways to Tie a Knot to Finish Sewing

1. Using a back stitch 

Using a back stitch ensures that your knot is invisible. From the wrong side of your fabric, start your back stitch. A back stitch starts at the end of the prior stitch. Insert the needle and pull the thread through to the end of the other stitch. This creates a smooth end knot that fastens your sewing. 

You can also use a loop in the back stitch. Start your back stitch and create a loop. Bring your needle through the loop and pull to flatten the loop, forming a knot on your fabric. 

2. Bullion knot

This is a simple method to make your finishing knot. Thread your needle. Twist the remaining part of your thread on your needle two or three times. Pass the end of the thread under the last twist and pull the needle. As you pull, the thread tightens to form a knot. Pass your needle through the fabric to make your last stitch. This stitch will not go beyond the knot in the thread. Cut the thread and you will have a fine knot to finish your sewing.

The bullion knot is small and mostly invisible as part of the thread.

3. Knot with fingers

You can also tie a knot to finish sewing with your fingers. This is easy for some and difficult for others due to the size of the thread.

When starting to sew, have in mind that this is the method you will use to finish sewing. Therefore, use a long thread. At the end of the fabric you are sewing, twist your thread on your index finger to make a loop. Using your thumb, pull on the end of the loop to form a smooth end knot.

4. Tacking stitch

You can also use a tacking stitch to tie a knot to finish sewing. At the end of your sewing, start a stitch on a few threads of the fabric. Pick a few other threads just after the first thread and make that the end of the stitch. Do not pull the thread flat, but leave it as a loop. Pass your needle through this loop and pull to form a knot to mark the end of the sewing.

Fabric seams

5. Fabric seams

This may be the easiest method to finish sewing. First, you do not need to tie a knot. All you need to do is keep sewing until you get to the end of the fabric. Make a knot if your fabric does not have a seam. Or let the seam mark the end of your sewing.

6. Making a knot with a double thread

This is another easy method to tie a knot at the end of your sewing length. Using a double threaded needle, at the end of your sewing length, remove the needle from thread. With the two ends of the thread on either hand, tie a shoelace like knot. You can tie it several times depending on the length of the thread left.

How to Finish a Stitch on a Sewing Machine

When you use a sewing machine, you can easily make a knot to finish your sewing. A sewing machine makes it and fast to sew a starting and ending knot. This means you do not have to strain to twirl threads to form these knots.

Here is how to make the ending knot using a sewing machine.

1. Back stitch 

With a sewing machine, a back stitch is made by sewing back and forth on the fabric. For a finishing knot, the back stitch will be made at the end of the length of the fabric.

To successfully sew a back stitch, place your fabric aligned with the presser foot. Start by sewing in reverse for a couple of stitches. Then switch to sewing forward then apply a seam finish. A few stitches of this kind are enough to mark the end of sewing length on a fabric.

2. Lock stitch

When you are sewing on a high-quality fabric, a back stitch may leave an unsightly knot. For the best results, a lock stitch is the best option.

Modern electronic sewing machines have a built-in lock stitch option. For this reason, it is quite easy to complete successfully. The lock stitch on a sewing machine is smooth and does not repeat on the stitch. It is similar to a back stitch in that it also goes back and forth. However, it does not repeat on a single spot unlike the back stitch.

Zigzag stitch 

3. Zigzag stitch 

On a sewing machine, a zigzag stitch is a clean and efficient stitch to use in finishing off sewing. This stitch is the best to make a clean finish on fabric.

4. Overcasting stitch 

This stitch is best used when finishing up sewing for fabrics that are thick. These includes knit and non-stretch fabrics. The overcasting stitch is easy to make. On your sewing machine, an overcasting stitch is made parallel to the seams. Any excess fabric is then cut off, to create a smooth finish.

Modern sewing machines also have many automatic settings for stitches that can be used to finish of sewing.

How to Secure a Knot on a Thread

For a firm sewing, your thread needs to be strongly secured on the fabric. One of the best ways to do this, is by tying a knot on the piece of thread you will use to sew. It is best if you tie a knot on the thread before you start sewing.

Secure a Knot on a Thread

Here is how to go about securing a knot on a sewing thread.

First, ensure that you have successfully threaded the needle you will use to sew with. Make sure that the thread is long enough. Pull on the ends of the thread and roll it around your finger while holding on to the loose end with your thumb. Roll the thread a few times around your finger to increase the thickness of the final knot. While tightly holding on to the rolled thread on your finger, pull the thread tightly to make the knot.

This knot will be at the first stitch once you start sewing.

How to Avoid a Messy Knot on Your Sewing

Avoid Messy Knot on Sewing

Many times, when sewing, your thread will tangle into a messy knot. This happens a lot due to the slight twisting of the needle that takes place every time we make a stitch. Sometimes, we are not even aware when the twisting does happen. As a result, a few stitches in, we find ourselves staring at a tangled mess. Disentangling the knot slows down your progress.

To avoid losing time while sewing, you need to learn how to prevent this mess from happening. It is quite easy and will impact in helping you get a cleaner finish. With every few stitches you make, twirl your needle to ensure that your thread stays smooth and straight. This will ensure that you do not encounter any unwanted and ugly knots.



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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