When you’re ready to start sewing, the first thing you need to know is how to thread a needle. Even if you don’t plan on doing any fancy patterns, you still have to thread your needle to sew up holes in clothes or fix a button.
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If you already bought a basic sewing kit then you already have one of the tools listed below. Believe it or not, it was years (like 15+ years) before I had any idea that the kits came with a threading tool.
That definitely could have saved me some frustration. There are times when you are fixing clothes and use the extra thread that came with them so that you get the exact match. Over time, that little piece of thread starts to fray, making it super difficult to thread a needle without a tool.
Luckily, you get to learn from my mistakes. Here are 3 different ways to thread a needle. You’ll be able to thread yours every time easily.
How to Use a Manual Threading Tool
Have you ever noticed that weird little tool that comes with every basic sewing kit? It looks like a small coin with a wire diamond attached to the end.
That is a manual threading tool and this is how to use it.
First, push the wire diamond on the tool through the eye of your needle.
- The eye of the needle is the small hole in the dull end of the needle.
Next, cut a length of thread from the spool and thread it through the wire diamond.
Then pull the wire diamond and thread back through the eye of the needle.
Lastly, pull one end of the thread through the eye of the needle and the wire diamond.
How to Thread a Needle Using an Automatic Threading Tool
An automatic threading tool isn’t electronic. Instead, it is a tool that pulls the thread through the eye of your needle for you.
It looks a little confusing but I promise, it is also very simple to use.
First, place your needle into the small hole in the top of the automatic threader with the needle’s eye pointed down.
Then push the button on the threader to make sure it is lined up correctly with the eye. If the small hook comes through, then it is placed correctly.
Next, cut a length of thread from your spool and fold it over the small hook on the automatic threader.
Then release the button and pull your needle out of the hole at the top.
Lastly, grab your needle and one piece of thread that is through the eye and pull it the rest of the way out of your automatic needle threader.
How to Thread a Needle without a Tool
Of course, you don’t have to use a tool at all to thread your needle. A tool is useful when the eye of your needle is exceptionally small or if you thread is fraying.
To thread a needle without a tool, simply cut your piece of thread and poke it through the eye of the needle. Done!
Once you know how to thread your needle with these tools and techniques, you’ll be ready for any hand sewing project.
All you need to get started sewing is a little sewing kit and some fabric. It’s a skill you won’t regret learning.
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