The fiber must be secured before your first stitches are begun. This is done by making one of two special types of knots at least 3/4 of an inch away from the hole where the first stitch is to be placed. The tail should run either vertically or horizontally away from the location of the first stitch, never diagonally. It also should be run (if possible) in the same color area of the region in which you will be working. The tail can in fact be longer than 3/4 of an inch; the placement of the knot is dependent on the need to have at least five stitches worked over it in order to fully anchor the tail before it is cut off.

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