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Thread: What I learned about needles for your hand quilters out there

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Did you know that there is actually a right side and a wrong side to thread a hand needle?? Learned it yesterday in my new American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It said if you're having trouble threading a needle, turn it around. It actually worked!!

    Just wanted to share in case I wasn't the only one who didn't know that.

    Trina

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    Another trick is to wet the needle eye - it wicks the thread through.

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    What great tips - thanks - after all these years you can always learn something new!

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    I've turned the needle around to make threading easier but I can't identify which is the "good" side before I try it! Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grendelskin
    I've turned the needle around to make threading easier but I can't identify which is the "good" side before I try it! Thanks for the tip!
    Unrelated to needle post, but I like your avitar - what's the pattern?

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    I have found that the wrong side of the eye is very smooth and the right side seems to "dip" like scratch in a smooth finish.

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    Thank you for passing on this great tip!! :D:D:D

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    i didnt know that but i do have better luck putting needle on thread not putting thread in the needle, if that makes sense

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    Thanks for the tip. I have to remember that next time I need to thread a needle

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    FYI...when needles are made they are just blanks and then a machine punches the holes in them. So one side is the back side.

    It also helps if you cut your thread on a slant.

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