MY PHILOSOPHY ON KNOTS
Can one have a knot philosophy you ask? Do knots rise to the level of deserving a philosophy? Let me explain…I’ve avoided the subject of knots for some time because I rarely do knots the “correct” way. I know how to do them–and you will, too after this tutorial–but I find them tedious to stitch. Here’s where the “philosophy” comes in…I quilt for my enjoyment and for my family. I want to make beautiful quilts, but I also want to have fun in the process. Stopping every few minutes to tie knots takes the joy out of quilting for me. Whenever I sit down to free motion quilt, I have some idea racing in my head that wants “out”–that is, I want to get the idea onto fabric (before I forget it?). Stopping to tie knots is not conducive to my racing-brain rhythm…
So today, I will demonstrate how to properly tie a knot. Tomorrow, I will demonstrate Knotting the LCK way. My knots look nice-like they are part of the design, but they are not correct and I don’t know how they would be scored by a judge. Any quilt judges out there?
THE CORRECT WAY TO TIE KNOTS
Bring the bobbin thread to the surface by continuing to rotate the hand wheel forward and moving the needle to the UP position. (Bernina 820-tap needle up button.) (The above two steps can also be accomplished by heel-tapping the foot pedal on Berninas.)
VERY IMPORTANT--Remember my Inattentive Stitching Accident-from which I still don’t have normal circulation or movement –Read HERE and HERE—Take your foot off the sewing pedal now and whenever you stop sewing to work on the knot!
Using a pair of tweezers, pull the bobbin thread until you have a few inches to hold onto. Hold both the bobbin and the top thread and begin stitching. Stitch a short distance and then stop to tie off the knot.
With your foot off the pedal-– tie the two threads in a knot.
Using a self-threading needle, thread both threads into the needle. (NOTE-many specialty threads- including my favorite-rayon thread-tend to shred in self threading needles and require a regular hand-sewing needle for this procedure–even more time consuming!)
Once your needle is threaded, bury the stitch by going back into your first stitch and between the top layer and the batting.
Pull through and remove your needle.
Snip off the threads as close to the fabric as possible. (Curved scissors help here.)
When you are finished with a line of FMQ, simply stop and cut your threads. Then flip the quilt over, pull the threads to the back side of the quilt and knot off as we did above.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you LCK Knots and then you can decide…