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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread & hide it .2 :)

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.1 – hand sewing - pinning the top :)I know, when I am having fun with an embroidery project, I tend to forget everything around me… *lol* But well, I love embroidery and I also love posting new progress pictures for you… 😀

Now, after I made some really nice progress concerning my new 12th century project “Saint Michael and the Dragon“, it is time to go back again to my second “Craft with Racaire” project: the fast and easy pouch tutorial. Wow, I have so many projects at which I am working at the moment and already so many ideas for new projects that I really should finish this one as soon as possible… 😀

In the last posting I showed you how I am pinning the top to prepare the pouch for the next step – the hand sewing. Today I show you how I start a new thread and how I hide it.

Todays motto is:
“Hand sewing – how to start a new thread & how to hide it”

Maybe you remember my first posting “step 2.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread and hide it“. The title of this previous posting might look similar, if not even the same at the first look, but it really isn’t.

My first posting was about “how to start a new thread and how to hide it in(side) the seam“. In this posting I explained how I start a new thread while I am working at a seam finishing. But it is not only about starting a new thread – it is also about “ending” an old thread. That means that I show how I take care that both thread ends get connected and secured at their very last and/or very first sewing position to prevent a possible unravelling of the hand sewn seam in the future. Furthermore it is also shows how I hide the thread ends of the “old” and the “new” thread that you afterwards can’t tell where I added the new thread.

In contrast to the first posting, this posting is about how I start a new thread and hide it by using an already finished seam. the second difference to the previous mentioned posting is that this time there is no “old” thread to which I can or want to connect the new thread. But that also means that there is no thread end of an old thread which I need to hide. 🙂

I think it is always very important to “sew in” or “hide” thread ends/beginnings and to keep them out of your embroidery or away from your visible fabric surface. Not only that a nice hand sewn dress looks much better if you see no loose threads on the in- or outside, it also makes embroidery much easier and faster when you don’t need to deal with them.

I really dislike loose threads at my backside of my embroidery. Every time I have a loose thread which I don’t immediately “sew in” and “hide”, the next thread I am working with tends to “capture” this thread and to bring it to the front when I am pulling it through the fabric. Oh my, I really hate it when that happens. Especially because this “old” threads are always in another color than the thread I am actually embroidering with. Therefore I think that it is really worth the extra minute I need to “sew in” and “hide” my thread ends/beginnings – just to keep them out of my way while I am embroidering.

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The side seam of the pouch is already finished, the top is pinned and I need a new thread. This is what I normally do, regardless if I am working at a pouch, a dress or a similar sewing project. I “sew in”/”hide” and secure my new thread inside a seam – here the side seam of the pouch. In my opinion this is one of the easiest and fastest ways to start a new thread when you have a finished seam and need a new thread to continue sewing.


I normally start with a long stitch…


…and continue with a Back Stitch followed by another long stitch.


I carefully and slowly pull the loop of the Back Stitch tight and voila…


…you can’t see much of the thread besides this small Back Stitch. Btw. it can be helpful to hold the end of the thread when you pull the Back Stitch tight the first and maybe even the second time…

Just add another 1 or 2 Back Stitches and the thread should be secured. You can easily test that by carefully pulling at the thread. Please be careful when you pull at the thread – you really don’t need to test it with a lot of force. 😉

If it doesn’t move, it is secured and you can continue with whatever you need this thread for.


This time I had to make a small knot at the end of my thread to prevent the thread from slipping through. I was rather surprised because I normally don’t need a knot but the seam is rather wide, the fabric not very tight woven and the thread in relation to the fabric rather thin…

A knot is a very fast and good solution when you have a problem with a thread slipping through all the time. The small and simple knot worked very well and kept the thread in place. After adding some extra Back Stitches – just to be sure that the thread really stays where it is and is actually secured inside the seam , I cut off the surplus thread and the knot… 🙂

Btw. if you wonder why this technique appears familiar to you – do you remember my posting of “how to start a new thread/”sew in the thread“? Yes, this is the same technique which I use to start new threads for my German Brick Stitch embroidery. Just with the difference that I am here using the seams instead of the small “channels” the German Brick Stitch embroidery creates at the back side. 😀

I hope you enjoyed my new posting and I already started working at the next posting for this project… 😀

Best regards Racaire

You can find all postings about this project in the category:
Craft with Racaire – #2 fast & easy pouch

Short overview of the postings till now:
Step 1) Fast and easy pouch tutorial & how to work with “rapports”

This posting explains how to calculate the needed fabric for the easy pouch tutorial. I also added some extra information: “how to work with rapports” (repeating patterns).
Step 1.1) Hand sewing stitches: Running Stitch…
This posting is an in-depth description of the first and most basic hand-sewing stitch you will need for this tutorial – the Running Stitch.
Step 1.2) Hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch (and Stem Stitch)…
Another in-depth description of another basic and helpful hand-sewing stitch you will need for this technique – the Running Stitch.
Step 2) Hand sewing the sides
Here you can find a detailed step-by-step photo tutorial about how I hand sew the sides of the “fast and easy pouch”. It includes all important basic steps for this process including the pinning, how to start with the sewing, how to secure your thread from slipping,…
Step 2.1) Hand sewing the corners
Another detailed step-by-step photo tutorial that shows you how to hand sew the nice pointy pouch corners of your fast and easy pouch.
Step 2.2) 
How to start a new thread & hide it…
Here you can see how I start a new thread while I am working at a seam finishing and how I hide the beginning of the new thread as well as the end of the old thread inside the seam.
Step 3) Hand sewing the top – pinning
This posting is about how I pinned the top of the pouch for the final hand sewing.