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Tips for Threading your Needle

It's my experience that the automatic needle threaders on most machines work fine for a while, then the little hook that pulls the thread through the eye of the needle gets bent so it won't go in the eye anymore.
Here are a few tips that will help threading your needle the old-fashioned way easier:
1. Use a pair of tweezers. I have a large pair of tweezers that live on my sewing table. They are great for pulling out threads I've ripped out, for helping guide fabric under the pressure foot, and for threading the needle. I hold the thread in the tweezers maybe 1/2" or less from the end of thread, and it just slides on through.
2. Instead of,or in addition to, wetting the end of the thread, wet the eye of the needle. (I lick my index finger and wipe the eye with it.) For some reason, the moisture in the eye sort of pulls the thread in.
3. Make sure the thread ends with a sharp cut. Snip off the end if it's the least bit raveled or frayed.
4. Use plenty of light. The little lights on most sewing machines are really pretty pathetic, so don't depend on that for your only light source, especially when threading your needle. I have a clamp-on light, a floor lamp, and two table lamps on when I'm sewing--and that isn't enough, sometimes!
5. Get a pair of reading glasses. They magnify small things--like the eye of a sewing machine needle!
Hope these tips help!!! Happy Sewing to you all,

Robbie


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dont no how to work the autmatic theader


You haven't said what make and model but on my Janome 6500 the auto needle threader is a little plastic piece that you pull down on the left of the needle bar. You pull it downwards and it swings over and a little hook comes through the eye of the needle. Now pull your top thread down in front of it and then to the right against the bottom of it. This brings the thread across the front of the needle and the little hook. Let the threading device go and it should pull back out of the needle and upwards again, taking the thread with it and through the eye of the needle. Now, just disenage the thread from the little hook and you should be ready to go.

Most needle threaders are some variation on this, a little wire or hook that comes through the eye from the back to front, so you can introduce the thread into it, then pull it back through the needle eye.

Of course you can always remove the needle from the needle holder, and thread it with a little manual needle threader in the same direction, insert it from the back, put the thread into the wire loop, then pull it back through the needle eye. Then put the needle back into the needle holder flat shank to the back, if your machine doesn't have this feature. Most multi packs of hand sewing needles will come with a little metal needle threader which often just sits there unused.

I hope this assists you with your machine.


May 15, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I have a really hard time getting the needle to thread.l I cannot manually pass the thread through the needle eye: the eye is just too tiny; and I cannot even see the hook part of the automatic threader when I try to figure it out. The diagrams are confusing and the instructions leave me clueless. Help! This is SOOO frustrating!!!


I have that machine, and am wondering if your needle has a burr on it, try a new needle, #11 or #80. You may also have no hook in your automatic threader to go throught needle eye. My first automatic threader was defective, no wire to go through the needle to catch the thread. Take a magnifying glass and look when you change your needle and watch when you pull your threader down, do you see a really fine wire come through the needle eye? If, not yours is defective because it has to pull the thread into a little loop for you to pull your thread through it after you release the lever quickly, Mine was a Singer and they sent me a new one right away, Brother will do the same for you, I am sure. Another thing you can do is go to your dealer and have them inspect it, I went to JoAnn fabrics and that is how I learned that I was not crazy, it was the machine,

Apr 20, 2011 | Brother CS-6000

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Cant make the auto threader work on an elna 2007


Do you mean the auto needle threader?

Mine won't work on very small needle sizes so I resort to the old manual needle threader for these. Ditto for twin needles.

Otherwise its a case of pulling the auto threader down so the hook swings into the needle eye, then pulling the thread over the face of the needle and catching it into the hook, then release the threader so it pulls back through the needle eye, taking the thread with it.

The only other thing that springs to mind is "is the needle at the top position in its stich cycle so that the threader lines up with the needle eye?

hope these ideas help a little.

Dec 03, 2010 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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automatic needle threader on brother se-350


Hi - first, make sure that you raise the needle to as far up as it will go. When you thread the machine, make sure you pass the thread through each number along the path - there is a hook on the threader mechanism that is really easy to miss. It is always a good idea to refer to the book when you are having a problem.

You might also try changing the needle. The threader has a teeny hook that goes in to the eye of the needle from behind, grabs the thread, and pulls it back thru the eye of the needle.

The threader can go out of alignment. If you got the machine last fall, it should still be under warranty. You can call Brother and ask where you can take the machine for repair. Or, you can go to Brother's website and look for information that might be helpful.

Good luck,
Ginny

Dec 21, 2008 | Brother XL-3500

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Broke the hook off the automatic needle threader


You can get a new (grey) threader inexpensively that pushes on the bottom of the threader shaft from a dealership. Easy to do it yourself or they can do it in 5 or 10 minutes. Try taking the old one off and looking at it. It pulls right off.

Nov 22, 2008 | Bernina Virtuosa 150

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