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Posted on: 3/27/08 1:46 PM
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i mostly sew on a singer featherweight which was made the year i was born (1951) it is a great little workhorse but it doesn't have any of the "bells and whistles" that the newer machines have. threading this little buggar is challenging because it threads from right to left instead of front to back which would be soooo much easier to see. i am right handed and over the years i discovered that if i wet my thumb and pointer finger on my left hand, then slid them over the needle eye , that it seemed easier to get the thread into the needle....i try to cut my thread at an angle and make sure it is moisty before i stuff it in the needle eye but i think that the film of (how can i say this delicately...uh spit) seems to draw the thread in much easier and takes less tries . maybe its just me but i thought i would share that disgusting little tidbit of information !!!

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K_sew said... (4/26/08 4:09 PM) Reply
My dear Grandma, who was born in 1900, always used this trick when she threaded any needle. Thanks for reminding me of it!
kathi s said... (4/10/08 12:30 PM) Reply
I am going to try this on my serger, which, with my aging eyes, is a **** to thread!
anetJay said... (4/9/08 4:35 AM) Reply
Patti B, i have been using this on my hand sewing needles and it works wonderfully !!! i dont know why i never tried it !! thanks for the mention :)
hongkongshopper said... (4/8/08 8:49 PM) Reply
Yes, I have heard this and it works for me. Wet your finger and put it behind the needle -it draws the thread through.
Sarah J Doyle said... (3/31/08 12:51 PM) Reply
Sounds like a great idea to me. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be, so sometimes threading the machine can be a little frustrating. I'll try it when I sit down to sew again. Thanks
Patti B said... (3/29/08 10:44 AM) Reply
I don't think it's crazy and have seen this suggested for threading hand needles as well. Apparently capillary action helps draw the thread into the eye.
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