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« on: October 12, 2005 12:46:56 AM »

I CANNOT, for the life of me, thread embroidery thread through my needle. I have one of those hand needle threaders, but no matter which way I try, I can't get it to work.

Can anybody explain how to do or provide a link with this info?

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005 06:43:45 AM »

First, the most obvious question,  Are you using an embroidery needle, or a sharp?  An embroidery needle has a long eye, and a sharp has a small round eye.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2005 06:55:31 AM »

Are you stitching with yarn or floss?  If floss, how many ply are you using?  If you can't get the floss through the eye of the needle, I'd bet you're using the full strand and not separating it into an appropriate number of ply.  (Standard embroidery floss (DMC, Anchor) one strand will separate into 6 ply.)  Unless you're stitching on a very heavy fabric (and using a huge needle) you seldom need to use a full strand of floss.  For medium weight fabric 2 or 3 ply are probably sufficient, for light weight fabric, use just one ply.

If you're using yarn (crewel) and can't get it through the eye, the needle may not be large enough for the weight of the yarn.

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006 05:45:03 PM »

I just started crewel embroidery. The instructions in the book I'm following said to hold the needle in your left hand, and loop the wool around the outside of the needle once. Pull the needle tight and 'pinch' the end of the loop with your thumbnail. Slip the needle down and out of your loop.

Now use your thumbnail to push the tiny, tight loop into the needle's eye.

I found this really helpful, as crewel wool is quite thick and fuzzy.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006 06:09:48 PM »

Those little metal threaders aren't worth a lot.  They break on anything more than single strands, it seems.  If you have the right needle (with a long eye), and the floss separated, and still can't get it in, try using a long plastic threader (available in the store), or use beading wire that's thin and really strong, and make one yourself.  Make it nice and long to give your fingers room to really grab it and pull.  You really don't need a tiny needle for fabrics that don't pull.  Good luck!
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2006 11:40:14 AM »

This is how I do it, and it NEVER fails to work.  It even works with thread that's frayed a little because you squeeze all the frayed ends together, sometimes you'll have to roll it between your fingers a little, but it still works.   

You squeeze the end of the thread between your fingers so you can just barely see it. Then bring the needle to the thread (instead of trying to poke an inch or so of free (floppy) thread towards the needle).  Then to make sure it doesn't come out, push the needle through your fingers still squeezed around the thread and once the needle is partially through, pull the thread you're already holding w/ your fingers out and through the needle.  Sometimes you'll miss, but 98% of the time it works perfectly.

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