Tips and Tricks to Thread a Needle

How to thread a needle. This might seem like a ridiculous thing to ask. However, threading a needle is a lot harder than it looks. Everyday things like sight and hand tremors can make threading a needle difficult.

In this article, I will discuss a few ways and devices that make threading needles stress-free and easier so you can start your craft project sooner.

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How to Thread a Needle

For this blog post, let’s go over threading needles, what makes it hard, the devices out there to help you, and tips and tricks to thread it by yourself.

4 Ways to Thread a Needle

  1. Cut the end of the thread with sharp scissors. It is very important to use sharp scissors to avoid fraying. Insert into the eye.
  2. If the thread just keeps fraying despite using sharp scissors, try wetting the end and rolling it between your fingers to form a pointed end. Insert into the eye.
  3. If the above two methods are still not helpful, try folding the end a little bit(make sure it’s folded in half very tightly) and inserting the bend through the needle hole, and then carefully pull the loop through, you can use another needle to grab the loop if that’s easier.
  4. And if all else fails ( ask a friend, housemate, sister, brother, daughter, son, or neighbor haha)

Things that Make Threading a Needle Hard

There are things that make threading a needle harder than it has to be. Some of these things obviously are harder to change than others.

  • Sight, having poor eyesight makes things extremely hard. A magnifying glass specially built for crafts, some come with a stand, see the ones below are very useful when threading a needle
  • Cheap thread, believe it or not, but using a more expensive thread makes the difference. Cheaper thread is more prone to frays and breakages more quickly. So don’t be afraid to invest in some quality thread, you will thank yourself later
  • Cheap and or blunt scissors. When you are threading the needle you want the end to be sharp and non-frayed. blunt scissors will only just fray the end of the thread. To keep your scissors safe from blunting, use them only for thread and fabrics. You can buy separate scissors made just for cutting thread.
  • Having a tremor. This one sucks because it’s hard to avoid. a tremor can be natural, it can be caused by age, medication, stress and so much more. I personally have a tremor and to lessen my tremor when threading a needle, I like to have my hand rested up against something. This might seem like a strange awkward position at first but it makes a world of difference in my tremor.

  • Needle with a small eye. These days you can buy thin sharp needles with large eyes. When I first discovered this it made stitching but embroidery in particular a lot easier.

These needles with large eyes make it easier to insert the thread through the eye. These needles are just as sharp and just as thin too.

This magnifying glass has a 3x and a 6x lens along with a stand and led lighting. It really has everything you need to improve your sight.

To avoid using blunt scissors, have a separate pair just for the thread. These are great as they are incredibly sharp, have a built-in guard, and are affordable too.

Devices for Threading Needles

People are intelligent and have thought of everything, including specialty-made needle threaders that are easier to use and super affordable. Let’s go over a few and decide which one fits you best.

Probably one of the best needle threaders to use. The finger grip makes it very ergonomic and it has a lanyard hole to keep it handy, To be honest, I lost my last two needle threaders so having it on a lanyard is a big thumbs up.

This is the needle threader I have used for years. It has three different size needle threaders for different needle sizes which is amazing. It is very very affordable the only bad thing about this is the wire needle threader at the top tends to break easily (for me anyway) I still recommend this threader though.

This one is for those of a tremor. This thumb grip can be held in hand or sat on the desk. This reduces tremoring completely. I haven’t tried this one yet, but from the reviews, it looks like a game-changer.

So Have you Finally Threaded your Needle?

I hope this article was of some use to you, whether it was finding a device to help you thread your needles, taking a tip from the list, or making a change to make needle threading easier. Let me know how it goes and let me know the reason why you can’t thread your sewing needle.

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