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Posted on: 6/15/07 4:18 PM
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If you are ever struggling threading the small eye of a hand sewing needle, try this. Cut the thread on an angle with a sharp pair of scissors, then wet the end and pull the thread between your thumb and forefinger to make it even pointier. You'll see, cutting the thread on an angle creates a sharper point so threading becomes easier. Try it, it works! I was so excited when I figured this out, that I had to share it right away.

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ave.lyn said...
Great tip. Thanks Lynne.
6/15/07 11:58 PM
Denny1600 said...
You are so smart! This is a great tip.
6/16/07 10:31 PM
AnneM said...
In addition to this, another trick is: if it is difficult to get the thread in, turn the needle around. There is actually a right & wrong side to hand sewing needles, and the right side is easier to thread.
6/18/07 6:19 PM
Deb Bee said...
Another trick is to angle that pointy tip you just made slightly up or down and let it slide along the scarf of the needle (I think that is what the groove is called around the eye) into the eye, rather than trying to poke it straight in. I have discovered this is a great help as my eyes have "matured."
6/19/07 6:06 PM
angelica said...
what works too is wetting the eye of the needle, the thread is drawn to it by capillary reaction
8/12/07 11:35 AM
 
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