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Video: An Expert Tip for Working with Multiple Threads

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Video Length: 2:08
Produced by: Evamarie Gomez and Gary Junken

In this quick video tip, Threads author and sewing expert Ruth Ciemnoczolowski demonstrates a handy technique for working with multiple threads when hand sewing. This trick is especially helpful if you are sewing on multiple buttons.

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Comments (7)

user-6099410 user-6099410 writes: I think the "difference" is made not only by the lip balm, but also by threading the needle with the thread end that comes off the spool FIRST and also making sure that each subsequent thread is also going in the same yarn twist direction as the first - hence why she is using 3 separate spools of yarn to speed up the process and reduce confusion. If you were to thread your needle with the CUT thread end, the twist of the yarn would be going in the opposite direction which causes the yarn to twist and snarl. Or even worse - you could cut the three threads in opposing directions, with one in the right direction and two in the wrong and have EVEN more trouble!
Posted: 8:03 pm on June 3rd

evanlynn evanlynn writes: Great trick...can i use this?
Posted: 5:07 am on April 5th

eatsallinsects eatsallinsects writes: I think the purpose of the lip balm is to smooth down the "nap" of the thread?
Posted: 4:49 pm on March 1st

Sans6 Sans6 writes: Brilliant! Thanks from a 40+ years frustrated button sewer!!
As to the lip balm brand,I'm pretty sure it's Burt's Bees Balm.Not sure if that's important-guess a trial run with any other balm will tell you.
Posted: 5:02 pm on February 27th

nasturnium nasturnium writes: same idea as described par Cynsew : ok for the thicker "thread" for sewing buttons BUT seems that's the balm that make the difference... ? thanks in advance
Posted: 5:36 am on February 24th

HollyJo HollyJo writes: It really is a great trick, I would never think of using a lip balm to help the threads stick together.
Posted: 1:57 am on February 24th

cynsew cynsew writes: I guess I am not understanding the difference here. Didn't you double back the three threads to make six? Is it the lip balm that is making the difference?
Posted: 2:48 pm on February 23rd

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