The continuous thread dart is a technique that is used when you do not want to backstitch or knot at the top of a dart. This would be useful in a dart that is sewn onto sheer fabric or fabric that will show a knot such as silk. So let’s show you how to get this done.
First you’ll want to pull your bobbin thread up and remove your presser foot:
Then you’ll want to pull out the top thread from your needle (only from the needle, leave threaded in the machine) and thread the bobbin backwards through the needle eye. This is why I’m using a needle threader (aside from the fact that I’m blind ha ha!) is to show you it’s being pulled from back to front. This is crucial:
See? Back to front with the bobbin thread:
Now tie the top thread to the bobbin thread with a tight small knot, clip extras:
Pull a good amount of thread up from the bobbin. See the tension on the right hand of the photo below? This is because I’m yankin’ on that to get a good foot or so:
Now go up to the top of your machine and wind the spool to pull the bobbin thread backwards towards the spool. Directly to the left of the Sew Jam text you can see the knot as it has come backwards through the machine:
Now put your foot back on slipping the bobbin thread into the slot of your foot:
Now turn the upper thread spool again so the bobbin thread becomes taut:
Slip your fabric in and lower your needle into the fabric and sew your dart:
Done with extra bobbin thread (which is ok, best to have too much than not enough!):
Sewn topside of dart:
And there you have it! I hope this tutorial has added to your arsenal of sewing techniques. Until next time…
Sew Jam On!