Basic Sewing question--thread
This is so basic! In hand sewing with 100% cotton thread, I keep getting tangles. I know part of the problem is that I start with as long a thread as possible. I pull off the spool a thread twice the length of my arm so that it is doubled over most of its length when I begin. My reason for doing that is that I only have to make one knot for all that thread, and I do not waste thread making more knots with multiple pieces of thread. However, that length makes it more prone to tangling. Sometimes I try dampening the thread to smooth it so that it is less snaggy. And I try to go slow and really pay attention to whether I'm about to cause a tangled knot.
Is this why quilters put wax on their thread?
Is there any way I can keep using really long pieces of cotton thread and avoid tangles? Some little trick?