Does your first pleat and smocked stitch fall flat? Do you accidentally hit the knot when you are sewing an inset into a garment?
Here is a fool proof way to start every thread in smocking to keep the knot hidden and make the side of your smocking pop up just like every other pleat.
- Use a small knot in your thread. Cut the tail down to 1/4".
If you are using silk or rayon threads a 3/8" tail is acceptable.
2. Turn the panel right side up. Bring the needle up from the back at the side of the first pleat.
3. Most smocking sequences start with a cable stitch. The cable will hide the knot on the back.
4. Here is the cable secured in place.
the first cable is placed a needle's width away from the gathering thread. The butting cable
will be a needle's width below the gathering thread. The area will be filled in with the fullness
of the thread.
I hope this helps improve your smocking!