Sewing & Pattern making Terms

Jeweller’s knot

The jeweller’s knot is a simple yet essential technique that every seamstress and pattern maker should have in their repertoire. This knot is tied on a strand of thread and then pulled down tightly to the base of the thread using a pin or needle. The jeweller’s knot provides a secure and reliable method for anchoring thread, ensuring that it remains in place during stitching and other sewing processes. In this article, we will explore the significance of the jeweller’s knot, its applications in sewing, and how to master this technique with ease and confidence.

What is a Jeweller’s Knot?

The jeweller’s knot is a type of knot used to secure a strand of thread in place. It is named after the precise and meticulous knotting techniques employed by jewellers. This knot involves making a loop with the thread and passing the needle or pin through the loop. By pulling the knot down towards the base of the thread, it creates a tight and secure hold.

Applications of the Jeweller’s Knot

The jeweller’s knot has various applications in sewing and garment construction. Let’s explore some of its common uses:

  • Thread Anchoring: The primary purpose of the jeweller’s knot is to anchor the thread securely at the beginning or end of a seam or stitching line. This ensures that the thread remains in place and prevents unraveling or loosening during the sewing process.
  • Tacking and Basting: The jeweller’s knot can be used for tacking or basting, which involves temporarily securing fabric layers or trims together. The knot acts as a reliable anchor point, allowing for precise stitching or fitting adjustments before permanent stitching is applied.
  • Embellishments and Attachments: The jeweller’s knot can also be utilized when attaching embellishments, such as buttons, beads, or sequins. It provides a strong starting point for stitching these elements securely to the fabric.

How to Tie the Jeweller’s Knot

Follow these simple steps to master the art of tying the jeweller’s knot:

  1. Thread the Needle: Thread your needle with the desired length of thread. Leave a tail of approximately 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) to work with.
  2. Create a Loop: Form a small loop near the end of the thread, leaving the tail free. Hold the loop between your thumb and index finger.
  3. Pass the Needle Through: Insert the needle through the loop from front to back, ensuring that the loop remains intact.
  4. Pull Tight: Gently pull the needle and the looped thread, sliding the knot towards the base of the thread. Apply tension gradually, ensuring a secure hold without breaking the thread.
  5. Trim Excess: Once the knot is pulled tight, trim the tail end of the thread close to the knot, leaving a small tail for added security if desired.

Tips for Perfecting the Jeweller’s Knot

Consider the following tips to achieve flawless results with the jeweller’s knot:

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Like any sewing technique, mastering the jeweller’s knot takes practice. Experiment with different thread tensions and knot sizes to find what works best for your specific project.
  • Tail Length: Leave a sufficient tail length when tying the knot to ensure a secure hold. However, avoid excessively long tails as they may interfere with your stitching or cause tangles.
  • Pin or Needle as an Aid: Use a pin or needle to hold the knot in place as you pull it tight. This helps maintain control and prevents the knot from slipping or loosening prematurely.


The jeweller’s knot is a valuable technique that ensures thread security and stability in sewing and garment construction. Whether anchoring thread, tacking fabrics, or attaching embellishments, mastering this knot is essential for achieving professional and durable results. With practice and attention to detail, you can confidently tie the jeweller’s knot, providing a strong foundation for your sewing projects. Embrace this technique, refine your skills, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with secure and reliable thread anchoring.

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