Fast-Thread a Machine Needle (AKA: “ASG Needle Knot”!)

by Ramona on June 24, 2014


Sometimes a tip is just what we need to make our sewing life just a little bit easier.

Years ago, quite by accident while threading a multi-needle embroidery machine, I created a knot that is fine enough to easily slide through even a size 11 sewing machine needle. So for years I’ve just been using this knot to tie on and pull the thread through the guides of the machine and through the needle making threading mere seconds.


I’ve created a video which is on our American Sewing Guild YouTube channel (and it is also posted on the ASG Facebook page) that also shows these steps along with a video showing the actual tying of the knot. This works well especially on a multi-needle embroidery machine, when using a thread stand with a regular sewing machine, as well as tying on new threads on a serger (the knots pass easily through the loopers)! I’m showing this on a flat surface, step-by-step. so it can be printed out if you’d like and kept by your sewing machine until you’ve got the steps mastered. View the video to see how it is actually done.


Here are the steps:

Be sure the presser foot is up. This opens up the tension disks allowing the knot to pass through the thread path easily.


S1500002 The rust thread represents the old thread to be cut off, and the yellow thread the new thread to be tied on.

S1500003 Cut off the thread just above the cone that is on the thread stand.

S1520001 Place the new thread onto the thread stand and grab the cut end.

S1520002 Create a loop over the cut edge; the loop should face to the left.

S1520003 Lay the old thread behind the loop.

S1520005 Bring the cut edge of the old thread over the loop,  up to the right, and behind the old thread.

S1520006 Place the cut edge of the old thread through the front of the loop.

S1520007 Bring like colors  of the thread strands together.






Pull to secure the knot.


knot From the needle, pull the old thread through until the knot is reached, then release some thread in front of the needle, hold both threads in front and back of the needle taught, and pass the thread through the eye of the needle.

I’m pretty certain that if I searched the internet for the Boy Scout website, there would be a section on “tying knots” and there is probably a name for this type of knot. If you find it, you can let me know if you’d like; for now, I’m calling it the “ASG Needle Knot”! When our father saw me tie it years later he said it was in-part a “fisherman’s lure knot”. I asked him why he hadn’t ever taught this to me and saved me lots of frustration! We both had a good giggle.

Hopefully this little tip will help make your sewing life just a bit easier.

Sew ’til next time….Enjoy the Journey of Sewing!










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