If you find yourself squinting at the eye of a needle or searching for your reading glasses and still squinting at the eye of a needle (that’s me!), then perhaps it’s time to consider the fancy little gadget that came with the last packet of needles you bought. It’s a needle threader and although small and rather odd looking, it is an efficient way to thread a needle that you are battling to see eye to eye with! Learning how to use a needle threader will just take a few minutes and will change how you think about hand sewing forever.
The eye of the needle comes in different sizes depending on the needle and its use in the sewing world. Sometimes a fine needle with a fine eye can just about be impossible to thread!
The pack that you bought the needles in often has a needle threader included and this makes threading a needle a really easy operation if you follow these simple steps.
This device is a simple, low-tech device, but it is still very useful and worth knowing how to use.
Further reading: Types of Hand Sewing Needles
How to Use a Needle Threader
Step one: Identify the needle threader. It is a shiny little gadget made of a wire part in a diamond shape and a metal part that looks like a coin. The wire part sticks out of the metal part which is the piece you hold, and the wire part is going to be inserted into the needle.
You can also purchase slightly more durable ones with plastic heads but essentially they all do the same thing – get the thread through the eye of the needle.
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Step Two: Insert the wire loop of the needle threader through the eye of the needle. It should squash through because of the diamond shape and the soft wire it is made of.
Step Three: Hold the needle threader and the needle in one hand, it’s a bit fiddly but you will manage to keep control with practice.
Put your thread through the wire loop of the needle threader. Pull the thread through so you have two tails hanging off the wire threader like in the photo below.
Step Four: Pull the needle threader wire back through the eye of the needle. The threads will go with it through to the other side.
Step Five: Grab one of the threads and pull it through the eye of the needle. You want to end up with just one piece of thread going through the eye.
If you plan to sew with a double thread you can pull the threads together to make an even length of thread and knot at the bottom.
If you prefer a single thread, then pull one of the threads to be higher than the other and knot the longer one.
Now you are ready to sew.
Learning how to use a needle threader makes threading that tiny eye so much easier and cuts back on frustration before you start to hand sew.
DID YOU KNOW?
The needle threader can also be used in knitting and crochet circles! A snag in a cardigan is easily pulled through with a needle threader.
It is also an ideal way to pull the ends of the yarn through to the other side.
Happy sewing and knitting with your useful little low tech needle threader!