Embroidery with knots is considered a no-no for some reason. They can cause bumps and bulk where you don’t want it. Do you use knots? You’re not supposed to, we are told. There are some projects that can’t avoid knots, but I’ve found that most can, and even withstand laundering without them. To avoid knots, use a waste knot – here’s how…
A waste knot is basically a knot on the FRONT of the fabric, which you remove when you “catch up” to it.
Tie a regular knot at the end of your embroidery thread. Go down into the fabric from the front, a couple inches away from where you intend to begin stitching, so that when you begin, you are traveling in the direction of the knot. Make sure you’re stitching over the “waste thread” on the back as you travel towards the knot. When you catch up with the knot, pull it firmly and clip the thread right above the surface of your fabric. The thread will spring behind the fabric, and then you keep on stitching.
The friction between the thread, the fabric, and the “waste thread” that you have overstitched will keep your thread in place without a knot. It’s easy, and it works! Give it a try!