Many of you probably already use this method:
Lay the end of the thread along the shaft of the needle so it is pointing toward the eye of the needle. Hold the thread in place with which ever hand you are using to hold the needle at the eye.
Twist a few times with the opposite hand and then roll the twist off the eye end of the needle and down to the end of the thread.
I had always used my grandmother's method of wrapping the end of the thread around my finger and then slipping the thread off my finger and into a knot.
Using the needle instead of my finger for the wrapping tool makes a smaller knot, depending on how many twists you make.
AND it is easier to bury the knot in your work when hand quilting or hand stitching the binding down. I use this method for hand applique too. Three twists for quilting and binding, two twists for applique and hems on garments. I showed this method to a friend that does hand embroidery and she loves it!
Great tip PJ!
In The Piney Woods of Deep East Texas