How to thread a needle? -Step By Step Guide for Beginners
Every sewing project available in this world whether it is big or small starts using threading a needle commonly. If you want to help your grandma or want to stitch something for your sewing project threading a needle is a must. Most of the people who work in sewing projects find it challenging to thread a needle. It is really a monotonous work to get that wimpy thread to push through the teeny tiny eye of the needle.
The main problem is thread is soft and it has its own intention to bend from the eye of the needle. Sometimes it moves away from needle eye, sometimes its bend near the needle but don’t want to get through the eye. Sometimes we get lucky but for most of the time it is really a tedious work to perform well without too much patience and wasting your sewing time. Sometimes it seems to handle a kid is more easier than to thread a needle.
However if you have a sewing project in your hand and you want to thread the needle with less time and effort then you are in the right place now. I hope if you go through this article you will find it easier to thread a needle.
Let’s start to learn “ How to thread a needle “ and be an expert in this field.
At first, I am going to give you tips for a hand sewing project. For a hand sewing project, you can use two methods one is called double threaded and the other is called single-threaded. In this article, I am going to discuss both of the methods. Among all of my tips and tricks, some can be a little tricky. I will also try to familiarize you with some fast and easy ways to make a knot for sewing.
TIPS FOR GETTING A SINGLE THREAD THROUGH A NEEDLE EYE
TIPS 1: Choose the right needle
According to your thread thickness, you have to choose a needle. If the eye of the needle becomes less small than the thread it will be not possible to enter the thread through the needle. If anyhow it can be done the smoothness of the thread will be destroyed. To get the best result you must choose the right needle which is able to accommodate the thread perfectly.
When choosing a needle you also have to examine the point of the needle. For doing your job without facing any hassle you must need a needle which point is very sharp when working with a piece of fabric. But for sewing a knit fabric, a needle with a blunt tip is better.
It would be better if you buy a packing needle that has various sizes, it will help you to choose the needle according to your project need.
TIPS 2: Unspool the thread and trim it perfectly with sharp scissors
After choosing the right needle for your project you should unspool the thread. You should unravel the thread as much as need to use for your sewing project and cut it from the spool. If your project is big you should divide it into some smaller parts and cut your thread according to the need. In my opinion, very large thread behind your needle will not be comfortable for working. It is also not comfortable for too small a thread.
In my opinion, the least size of the thread should 1 foot ( 30 cm ) and the maximum size should according to your comfort zone.
Now it’s time to use the scissors to cut the very tip-off of the end of the thread which part you want to thread into the needle. You must try to cut it very clearly so that fibers don’t stick out from the end of the thread. To cut the thread clearly you should use sharp scissors.
TIPS 3: Put the clean end of the thread through the eye of the needle
You have the right needle and the required thread in your hand now it’s time to play the main game.
Pinch the tip method
It is one of the most popular methods all over the world. In this method, you have to hold the thread between your thumb and forefinger and pinch down the thread until it can be seen through between the fingers at the same time you have to hole the end of the thread with your other hand.
Now bring the thread to the needle eye as close as you can. In this situation, you should not push the thread to the eye of the needle you should push the needle eye to the thread tip.
Support the thread with your fingers so that it can’t be deflected from its direction. With a little practice, you will be able to do it easily. After using this method several times you will feel that it is one of the easiest methods you know.
Lick the thread method
This is one of the nastiest but really effective methods to pass a thread through the needle eye. I learned this method from my grandmother in my childhood this was my first learning to pass the thread through the needle eye. Instead of putting the fiber in your mouth, you can wet your finger.
After completing the process it is recommended you should wash your hand.
Instead of using the moisture of the saliva bonds from your mouth, you can use water in the bowl or in a glass. You can barely wet your index finger and thumb and then pinch the tip of the thread with the water so that it gets barely wet.
Then it will be easy to pass the thread through the needle eye. I will not recommend this method to you because the moisture rusts the needle. And obviously using the moisture of saliva is really awkward to me.
Use needle Threader
Another popular method nowadays is using a needle threader. For people who don’t know what is a needle threader, I am going to give you a simple and short definition. According to Wikipedia “ A needle threader is a device for helping to put the thread through the eye of a needle. Many kinds exist, though a common type combines a short length of fine wire bent into a diamond shape, with one corner held by a piece of tinplate or plastic.“
A needle that has a small eye then is very useful to use a needle threader. It is comparatively easier to pass the thread through a big needle eye. But if you think the passing thread is taking more effort then you can use this tool for both small or big needle eyes. This tool available in the market you can buy it from any craft store.
For using this tool properly hold the wide part of the tool and pass the bent wire through the needle’s eye. Now put the thread through the bent wire at last pull back the threader slowly through the needle eye.
Fold the thread method
This is my most favorite method. I usually use this method while working. There is no need of water, spit or needle threader to use this method. For using this method you have to hold the needle in one hand.
Take the thread and fold it over the needle that is in your hand. Now you have to pull the thread securely over the needle. You have to pinch the thread between your thumb and index finger.
Now keep pinching the needle thread and pull the needle back from your finger. Now slightly lose your index finger and thumb of the thread holding hand so that the thread can be seen slightly. Now bright the needle on the thread and push the needle’s eye so that the thread can pass through the needle eye. During pushing the needle eye you have to hold the thread properly so that it can’t be bent or deflected.
TIPS FOR GETTING A DOUBLE THREAD THROUGH A NEEDLE EYE
Choosing a needle is the first step for any sewing project. I already mention how to choose a needle in this article earlier ( TIPS FOR GETTING A single THREAD THROUGH A NEEDLE EYE part). As a result, I am not repeating the needle choosing process here. Let’s start with cutting the thread step.
TIPS 1: Unravel the thread and make a clean cut
After choosing the right needle for your project it is time to unravel the thread. How much thread you need is depending on your project. You should cut the thread according to your project need. In your project, you may need a very long thread. But In my opinion very large thread behind your needle will not be comfortable for working.
As a result, you should divide the project into smaller parts. Too short thread in length is also not comfortable for working. So I will recommend you to use at least 2 feet or 61 cm long thread for your project. Since you will be folding this in half it will be actually around 30 cm while working as the single thread method.
Now cut the very tip-off of the end of the thread with a scissor. In this case, you must try to cut it very clearly so that fibers don’t stick out from the end of the thread. To make a clean cut use a sharp scissor.
Tips 2: Fold the thread
You have cut the thread already. Since you want a double thread so you have to fold the thread in half to make it double. Now you should pinch both of the thread ends together and equally in a single hand between your forefinger and thumb. This will make the perfect double thread.
Now it’s time to pass the thread through the needle eye. Pushing both ends of the thread
Hold both of the ends in one hand and pinch them together between index finger and thumb. Lose your fingers slightly so that the thread can be seen. You need to bring them (both ends of the thread) to the needle eye.
Ensure that both ends remain together. Now put the thread end on the needle’s eye. Push the thread slowly through the eye of the needle. Try several times, and the thread will pass through the needle’s eye.
It is also possible to use other methods, which are mentioned in this article. In my opinion, only Fold the thread method is less effective for the double-threaded method. Without this specific method, all the other method (pinch the tip method, lick the thread method, using needle threader method) which is described for single thread section is equally effective here.
Since I have already described all the methods, I am not repeating the description. Please scroll up and see all the method if you need.
Tips 3: Thread with tight knot method
For this method, you have to put the needle through the middle of the thread loop. Hold the needle and the thread with the loop ( make sure the needle is standing between the loop ) in one hand. At the same time, pinch the thread between the index finger and thumb. Lose your fingers slightly so that the thread can be seen slightly and hold that in a way so that the ends always meet together.
Now bring both ends of the thread to the needle’s eye closely from the opposite side of the thread loop’s end side. Put both ends of the thread on the needle’s eye together and slowly push them forward. Make sure both of the ends go through the needle’s eye.
You are now pulling the thread until the thread loop meets with the needle’s eye. This method will make a knot near the needle’s eye. You can also tie a knot at the end of the thread so that it can prevent sliding around on the double-stranded thread while you’re sewing.
Besides this, there are many methods for threading a needle. Besides using saliva or water, you can use hairspray or beeswax to keep the end together, especially for the double thread method. You can also use white paper as a background.
When threaded a needle, will you see the needle’s eye? Cutting the thread at a 45-degree angle is also helpful, especially for the single-threaded method. Auto threading needle is also available in the market.
So you can follow our suggestions, or you can use your method. If you find your method is not listed here, please let us know.
There are many ways to thread a needle. Make sure about the clean-cut of the thread. Bring together the clean end of the thread and the needle’s eye. Push the needle eye to the thread end so that the thread can pass through the needle’s eye.