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Tips & Techniques > Bury Thread Tails Using a Self Threading Needle

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Posted on: 3/11/12 3:30 PM
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Using a self threading needle (also known as an easy thread needle) to bury thread tails eliminates my having to use a needle threader and greatly speeds up the process. There are lots of different styles of self threading needles (just Google in Images) but they all work on the same principal. Instead of poking or coaxing a thread through the eye, you pull the thread into a slot on top or on the side of the needle.

I always have to use a needle threader with a regular needle. But when faced with a repetitive threading job like burying thread tails, fussing with the threader really slowed me down. Now I can quickly pull the thread into the needle eye with just my fingers.

This needle also works really well for burying very short thread tails. Just slide the needle into the work with the slot close to the tail, pull it in and then pull the needle through.

I ordered an inexpensive pack of self threading needles in a variety of sizes from Amazon. The slot is on top between two little prongs and can be little tight, even occasionally fraying the thread. But for what I want them for they are fine. For fine hand sewing, I would select a higher quality to get a smoother slot loading and a more tapered eye.

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Mc Donna said... (12/19/14 5:36 AM) Reply
And to think I recently ditched some because I was unhappy using them for hand sewing...d'oh!
cocosloft said... (4/3/12 10:31 AM) Reply
Brilliant! I pull tails to the inside, knot, thread, and bury them all the time. Just makes a nicer end on exposed stitching. And a must for delicate fabrics. What a great way to get two threads into a needle easily and quickly...thanks!
regine said... (3/22/12 3:32 PM) Reply
Excellent idea, thank you very much.
nancy2001 said... (3/15/12 9:03 PM) Reply
Great idea!
mssewcrazy said... (3/12/12 8:47 AM) Reply
I keep one and a threader near the coverstitch machine for this purpose-great idea about the self threaders will have to buy some for the thread ends.
sew2006 said... (3/11/12 8:39 PM) Reply
Thats a great idea
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