Securing thread ends in stitched items that will be laundered regularly

by M

After spending money (which when finished will actually cost more than store printed sets) and several months, possibly a year, to make a kitchen set (towels, napkins, potholder) with great care and love. From looking like a very expensive colorful ball of thread that is now more like a representative of a (VERY EXPENSIVE) cat toy. Only to discover a bunch of torn up fabric, that is now not qualified to even be rags to wipe the dip stick in to check oil in the car, in the bottom of the washer.

So before I start spending money, time and emotions on this project. How do you keep the embroidery thread from coming out/off. "Weaving the ends" may work fine for pictures to be put in a frame under glass but going through every day life "Just weave in the ends" aint happening.

And no amount of lectures to family will keep them from treating them as they would any other regular printed kitchen set you can buy everyday of the week.

Carol responds...
When I stitch something that will be laundered regularly I like to start off with the loop method, as that cannot come undone.

To fasten off, this is an occasion where I would use a small knot or two. If working with two strands of thread you can run one under a couple of threads and then tie the two strands together. For extra security you might then like to run the threads in the opposite direction also and repeat.

I do avoid knots in projects that will be framed, however, as they can cause an unsightly bump to show through.

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