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Thread: Self Threading Needles

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    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
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    I use the top slit ones for burying the tails. Sometimes the thread shreds when I am trying to load it, but I cut it off and try again. Usually works. I have used them to sew on a button or some minor stuff and they work okay I guess. Can't remember a big problem with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    i use only the "Spiral Needle" I find the top slip needle to allow the thread to come loose. I understand WallMark has the spiral type but some have been disappointed in them. The "Spiral" brand appears to be better although they are more pricy.
    I use these, too, and like them a lot. I have not had good luck with the top loading ones. BUT these are only good for burying threads -- I had to really fight when I tried to do a bit of sewing with them.

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    I often use the self-threading needles to bury the threads-I find they work very well and are fairly inexpensive. I forget where I got them but I use the John James Easy Threading Eye Cross Stitch needles.

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    I use the top slit needles all the time for burying threads. I quilt for others, and I find the stitching back and forth to tack the thread leaves a lump - especially on quilts that have a lot of solid colours or light colours. By burying the threads, you can't see where I started and stopped.
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    Ditto! LOVE them! I also use them for my embroidery projects (hand embroidery) to weave the starting thread on the underside to make a nice, neat back to the project.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Self threading needles save so much time when burying the thread ends while FMQ. Discovered them just before quilting my last quilt and was joyous! It took forever to thread all those ends before. I use the top slit ones and haven't had a problem with thread breakage.

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    I spent $10 on the "As Seen on TV" ones and they are awful! I think they're plastic and dull and won't go thru one layer of fabric! Easy to thread? YES! But so what?! Can't do anything with it! Avoid those!

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    These are the looped needle threaders I use to thread my blind hem machine [on bad days].>>
    They are a then double wire needle that spreads apart then insert thread between the wires and thread your needle.>>
    I always called them beading needles; I first found them in a jewelry supply store.>>
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    I use the top slit needles when I accidentally have a thread break -- I take out half a dozen stitches and then bury the thread. i have enough troublr threading a needle with new thread -- used "frayed" thread is impossible on a size 10 needle.

    Besides, I have to use a needle threader a lot. My eyes were never that good -- and with age (who me???) they haven't gotten any keener

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