Threading Needles

June 9, 2016Beginning Needlepoint Standard

Threading needles can be frustrating. The hole is too small, the thread frays, you can’t see. Recently I got asked for tips to make this essential task easier.

I’ll start with the obvious — are you threading the needle properly? You bring the thread to the needle, not the needle to the thread. That’s the most important thing.

Second, are you compressing the end of the thread to make it more pointy? You can do this by squeezing or twisting it slightly. That often helps.

The next best thing to do is use a needle threader, I find this takes care of the problem most of the time. Use one made for needlework threads, the ones for sewing threads or beading are too flimsy. Several companies make them.

Some people find using a needle one size bigger makes the needle easier to thread. Since I use bigger needles anyway, I don’t do this.

These tips work for any thread, but some threads fray more than others. Flair should always be cut at an extreme diagonal. This doesn’t end unravelling, but minimizes it.

I often use a Thread Zapper for threads that ravel. This little tool fuses the ends of the thread together. It prevents raveling effectively.

I have also been told using a drop of FrayChek or clear nail polish works. Always let the thread dry before threading the needle when using these. Since I never have either of these nearby I haven’t tried them.