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How to Thread a Needle

The first step to success in sewing is threading a needle, which is not as simple as it sounds. Getting a thread end through the eye of a needle can be tricky. We show you easy tricks, so you can begin sewing.

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Needles come in a number of sizes: the larger the number, the shorter or finer the needle. Purchase a packet of assorted-size needles to ensure you’ll have one for every need. For best results and to prevent frustration, switch to a new needle after several hours of sewing.

 

Here are 5 tips to help you thread a needle:

 

1. Trim the thread end at a 45-degree angle with sharp scissors.

2. Stiffen thread end by running it through beeswax.

3. Moisten the needle’s eye instead of the thread. The capillary action of the saliva draws the thread into the needle’s eye.

4. If it’s hard to see the needle’s eye, create a background by placing a piece of contrasting paper or fabric behind the needle.

5. Use a needle threader when you need extra help. Many types of threaders are available. The least expensive type has a wire loop that helps pull the thread through the needle’s eye. Try several models to see which works best for your vision and eye-hand coordination.

 

Fun fact: It’s easier to push the eye of the needle onto the thread than to push the thread through the needle’s eye.

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