Getting that limp piece of thread through the eye of a needle can seem like a challenge. Threading a sewing needle shouldn't take up your valuable time and it shouldn't be frustrating. Following a few simple tips and tricks can make the job a breeze.
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Put White Behind the Needle
Whether you’re threading a sewing machine needle or a hand sewing needle, white behind the needle makes the eye much more visible.
Keep a small piece of index card pinned to your pincushion. Then when you are threading a needle, that piece is always available to place behind the eye of the needle.
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Put White Behind the Sewing Machine Needle
Many new sewing machines have a white presser foot holder. If your machine has the standard silver presser foot holder, tray a dab of Wite-Out on the foot holder, behind the needle. Allow it to dry before sewing fabric.
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Cut the Thread at an Angle
Cut the thread at a 45-degree angle. The thicker that the thread is, the more you will see the angle cut. Even if you can't see the angle, it makes it much easier to guide the thread through the eye of the needle.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Stiffen the Thread
Stiffen the thread with water, saliva, or beeswax. It will be easier to control and guide the thread through the eye than with a limp thread. A poor quality thread that wants to unravel is usually helped with this method.
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Use a Needle Threader
A needle threader usually comes with many packages of assorted sewing needles but can also be found in the sewing notions section of your fabric store. That little wire gives you a big eye to thread even if your sewing needle has a tiny eye.
Visit sewing machine dealers and sewing notion departments to see many new needle threaders available to thread hand sewing needles and sewing machine needles.
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Use a Sewing Machine With Built-In Needle Threader
A built-in needle threader is available on almost all upper-end sewing machines. The automatic needle threading option can range from a pull-down lever that you control to just pushing a button and the machine doing the work. If threading a needle is stopping you from sewing, consider making a bit of an investment to make sewing enjoyable.
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Solve Clumsy Hands
Another option involves tweezers. Long bent handle tweezers are available for threading a serger but can work just as well to hold the thread while threading any sewing needle since they are larger than gripping a piece of thread.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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