Although it is one of the most fundamental parts of embroidery, threading a needle can sometimes be the most challenging part of a project. This is particularly true when you are working with small needles and even smaller threads, which can be very difficult to work with even for the most dexterous of embroiderers. There are a few different methods you can use to thread a needle. If you are struggling, try switching to a different method and see if it helps.
With all of these methods, you’ll need to make sure that the tip of your thread is clean and ready to be threaded. There are a few ways to clean up the tip of the thread if it isn’t already. Start by taking your sewing scissors and making a sharp, clean trim to the edge of the thread. This will create a sharp edge that will be easier to thread. Then, if you are still struggling with fraying, you can lick the end of your thread or gently dip it in water. This will help the fibers stay better attached to each other.
This method is very simple, but it tends to be very accurate and prevent the thread from fraying or getting stuck on the needle. Start by pinching the very end of the thread between your thumb and your forefinger. You should barely be able to see the tip of the thread peeking out between your fingers. Then, take the needle and move it down on top of the thread. Don’t push the thread into the needle, but instead push the needle onto the thread. This tends to be very effective because you have more control over the thread in this scenario.
This method requires a bit more precision, but is still very effective. Start by holding your needle straight up in one hand. Your hand should be about halfway to three-quarters of the way down the needle for the most control. The eye of the needle should be sideways to you, so the opening is facing perpendicularly away from you. Then, take the thread from one side and gently guide it through the needle to the other side. This method is effective because it gives you a good vantage point of both the needle and the thread so you can see exactly what you are doing.
If you are really struggling to get your needle to thread, you’ll likely find that this method will work well for you. Start by taking your thread in your non-dominant hand, and fold it so that a small piece of the thread is doubled back on itself. Squeeze this fold tightly between your thumb and forefinger so that you can barely see the thread. Then, use your other hand to place the eye of the needle over the tip of the thread fold that is showing. Slowly push down between your fingers until the thread starts to move through the needle. Once it is securely threaded, you can let go and pull the fold out so that it is folded accurately. This method is very effective if you struggle with the precise nature of the other methods.
Keep in mind that the best way to improve your needle threading skills is with practice. Over time, you will be able to thread a needle very quickly and without much stress or effort. Try out each of the different ways to see which one works best for you, and then continue to practice it until you feel you have mastered this skill. That way, you can spend less time threading and more time actually embroidering.