Hand sewing is perhaps one of the most polarizing sewing tasks. Some people love nothing more than to settle in with a cup of tea and a good television show and patiently hand stitch, while others avoid it at all costs. Whether you love it or you hate it, everyone has experienced the frustration of making a tangled mess out of your thread.

Luckily, there is a simple solution to this annoying problem. The answer is beeswax.

Waxing your thread before hand stitching reduces static cling, and helps to prevent tangles. You can find this product at most sewing shops in the notions section. Look for the variety encased in a plastic shell. The protective case will increase the lifespan of your wax by keeping it clean and (relatively) lint-free.

Here is how you use it: cut a length of thread approximately 2 to 3 feet long, then pass the thread once or twice through the beeswax. The thread should cut into the wax slightly. Place your thread between two press cloths, and iron on medium heat. This final step sets the wax by melting it into the fibers of your thread.

TIP: If you are planning on doing a lot of hand sewing, prep a few strands of thread at a time.

This process creates a smooth, manageable thread that is a joy to sew with.

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