Thanks, y'all. It really is very hyptnotic and easy. You should try it!
RobbieKW, I use a long-gone Bates needle and threader--it's slim like a pencil and very lightweight. I think I know what you're talking about, though. Look carefully at the second photo in the slide show on this kind of needle: does your thread look like this? [http://www.forcraftssake.net/image.aspx?storename=forcraftssake&ItemID=10030603
If so, I think I can find the one similar to it (dial-a-punch type) in a box in my attic. It used to have (may still have?) a holder that puts the spools of fuzzy thread at the end of the punch tool. I found that it is a little heavy for me to manage so I never used it much. Does this look right?