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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Threading a Small Eyed Needle

I am beginning to wonder if needle makers who make very small eyed needles have an evil plot in mind....to cause beaders to have hizzy fits and feelings of eye failure, and hand and eye coordination depression. I have been spending more time trying to thread my needle than I am actually beading with it. I have waxed the end of the thread, spit on the thread, spit on the needle, cut the thread at an angle (or at least think I have cut the thread at an angle, who can see the end of the thread?) and it all seems in vain.

A friendly internet reader sent me the following "recipe for success."

Squeeze the cut and flattened end of the thread between the thumb and index finger of your left hand. You should barely be able to see the end of the thread down between your fingers. With your right hand, slide the eye of the needle down onto the end of the thread. The needle should lie in the little valley between your fingers with the eye positioned over the thread end.
Then, slowly roll your left thumb and index finger apart. As you roll your fingers apart, the thread will be forced upward and through the eye. Just be sure you hold the eye right atop the exposed tip of the thread, and be sure that the flattened end of the thread is aligned in the same plane as the elongated hole in the eye. Pull the protruding tip of thread the rest of the way through the eye and Voila! you're done.

She tells me that she threads needles for people in class using this technique, and she says she doesn't even have to look to get it right every time. YEA, RIGHT!

If I can't see the eye looking straight at it...then how in the world do you see it stuck between your thumb and your pointer finger?

I have ordered a desk top threader that is guaranteed to thread small eyed needles or your money back. Now they didn't exactly say what "small eye" is to them....so am hoping we are both thinking the same kind of small.

Well back to the beading...


At 12:03 PM, Blogger Wil Opio Oguta said...

Depending on the size of your beads maybe a Japanese needle would work. With these needles you push down the thread through the top of the needle, just like surgical needles.

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Kim Ayscue said...

Thank you so much. This saved my day. I was beginning to think my 51 year old eyes had bit the dust!!!

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked! My husband usually threads these needles for me. This was amaIng! Now I can work on my Christmas stocking when he isn't here.
Thank you!!


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