If you are like me you probably only use one or two methods to start or end your threads. Did you know that there are many ways to do this? Your choice may not always be the best.
The method you use should be determined by your stitch and your thread. For example, slippery threads such as rayon may need more secure methods of starting.
Jen of Funk & Weber Designs has been writing a series of posts on this. Her most recent one is on starting threads by piercing.