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How to Fix a Loose Thread!!!

Learn how to fix a loose thread. How to stop loose thread from unraveling.

How to stop loose thread from unraveling. Learn how to fix a loose thread.

I bought Emanuelle a new outfit two weeks ago for her daycare photos.  The outfit is ADORABLE!!  

The day before the photos I took the outfit out and layed it on her bed and noticed a loose thread!!  UGH!!!  

That just irritates me, it’s a brand new outfit, never been worn, and there’s a thread that’s unraveling which will cause the hem to come apart.

Obviously, at this point I have no time to go back and exchange it and second of all.. I would look kind weird returning an outfit just because of a hem that’s letting go.  

So I took out my little sewing kit and fixed it.

How to fix a loose thread

Fixing a loose thread is pretty easy, but I figured that not everyone knows how to do it.

Please note that I’m not a professional when it comes to sewing. haha This is my method on how to fix loose thread. There’s probably a better way to do it but this way works for me.

How to fix unraveling seam. Fix loose thread.


Step 1: Take out a matching spool of thread and cut a long piece of thread.

Knot the new thread to the old thread, make sure to make the knot as close to the hem as possible.  

You are adding thread to the existing thread because obviously it’s no longer long enough to re-thread and sew the hem back together and be able to make a knot at the end when you are done.

I usually use polyester thread. However if you aren’t sure what type of thread to use, this post how to choose thread may be helpful to you.

Attach new thread to old thread with a knot.

 Step 2: At the knot, cut off the old loose thread.

Cut the extra old thread.

Step 3: Thread a needle.

Thread a needle.

Step 4: Sew your new thread to make a hem where there’s no longer one and make a knot at the end.

Repair hem with new thread.

If you have a loose thread on the opposite end, repeat the above steps again, and make a knot at the end to stop thread from unraveling.

Fixed hem.

How to fix unraveling seam

How to stop loose thread from unraveling. Learn how to fix a loose thread.

And voilà, you have a fixed hem.

As soon as I get Emanuelle’s photos from daycare, I will share them with you. :)

How to stop loose thread from unraveling. Learn how to fix a loose thread.

If you want to learn more about sewing. I have great sewing tutorials for beginners.

Hope you have one FABULOUS day!


Thursday 16th of January 2020

This is how I was taught to repair a loose thread! Thanks for sharing this tip with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned! Robin

Jean | Delightful Repast

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Christine, I needed this info just last week! Pinning to my Sewing board so I'll have it whenever I need it. I always say, I'd rather make a whole new garment than mend; but mend I must from time to time!

Debi @ Adorned From Above

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Hi Christine, I never thought of doing this. What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing at last Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. This weeks party is live. The link to the party is Can't wait to see you there. Have a great week. Debi


Tuesday 13th of November 2012

Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week. Michelle


Monday 12th of November 2012

This is such a helpful tip. You explained it very clearly. Thanks of linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

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