Thread That Needle!

Posted in: Know Your Notions, Sewing 101, Tips and Tricks — By on July 28, 2011 10:27 AM

Threading needles can be frustrating for even the most experienced sewer. The next time you’re faced with a stubborn needle and thread, try one of these tricks:

  • Cut the end of your thread with sharp scissors.  A clean edge may be all you need.
  • Try cutting the end of your thread in a diagonal.  This could help you guide the thread through the eye of your needle more easily.
  • Use spit!  Stick the end of the thread in your mouth to straighten it up – not for germaphobes!
  • Turn your needle around — the eye is usually a bit bigger on one side.
  • Fold your thread in half around your needle, flattening it with your fingers.  The flat edge may be easier to thread the needle with.
  • Hold the thread and needle up in front of a white surface so you can see what you’re doing better.
  • Use tweezers to hold the thread to allow for more precision.
  • Coating your thread with a bit of wax will make it a bit stiffer and straighter, which will help with lining up the thread and the needle’s eye.
  • You may need to choose a needle with slightly bigger eye for the type of thread you’re using.
  • Pick up a needle threader — they are inexpensive and work wonders!

If you’re using a sewing machine, here are a couple of additional tips…

  • Put a dab of white paint or liquid paper right behind your needle, on the arm that holds the presser foot.  This will allow you to see the eye of your needle better… just make sure it’s dry before you start sewing!
  • Check to see if your machine has an automatic needle threader, one of the coolest sewing gadgets around!

Hopefully one of these tips will do the trick so you can stop stressing and start stitching!

Do you have a needle threading trick?  Share it in the comments!

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  1. Jayne says:

    I love your pics! this is a great blog and I’m liking it on pinterest.

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