Tip & How-To about Sewing Machines
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,
Posted by Robbie... on
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