Thursday, June 30, 2011

5 Tips For Threading Success


Let's face it. A lot of time can be eaten up during a sewing session by the grown-up being asked over and over, "Can you thread this for me?" If your child learns from the beginning how to thread a needle by himself, your time together will go smoother. 

With that end in mind, here are some tips that will make threading a needle a success.



Threading a hand sewing needle Tip #1

Moisten your thumb and pointer finger in your mouth and with the wet fingers pinch one tail end of the thread.  Poke the moistened thread through the needle's eye.

Or you can moisten the thread by putting of one tail end between your lips. Pull it out after it is moist then poke it through the eye of the needle. 

Threading a hand sewing needle Tip #2

Change to a larger needle size.  My beginners use a chenille or embroidery needle in sizes 18 to 22. They have big eyes and are easier to thread.


 


Threading a hand sewing needle Tip #3

If you are having a hard time threading your needle because the end droops, try holding the thread closer to its tail end. By shortening the tail that you want to put through the eye of the needle you also make it stiffer. Then it is easier to guide it through the eye.

Threading a hand sewing needle Tip #4

Have you been trying to thread the needle by pushing the thread through the eye? That's the normal way to do it. But, if it isn't working try moving the needle towards the thread instead. Sometimes this simple reverse in the order of the way you do things does the trick.

Threading a hand sewing needle Tip #5

If the thread appears fuzzy, try just snipping half an inch off the tail.  Maybe it just needs a fresh cut because it has frayed from trying to thread the needle so many times!.

Happy stitching!

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