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Thread: Need help with threading needles for hand quilting

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    I am hand quilting this using John James Size 10 Big Eye Quilting Needles. The needles work great, but my problem is threading the needles with the thicker quilting thread. I have broken the threading wire on 2 heart shaped Clover threaders and the DMC threader has threading wire too thick to pull the thread throught the eyes. Does anyone have suggestions on needles with bigger eyes or threaders that the threading wire doesnt break so easily. I am being as gentle as I can when threading..

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    Maybe try using a black sharpie to color the end of the thread, it will make it easier to see as you thread the needle.

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    Even though those needles are called big eye I don't think they are. I use Roxanne needles and have no problem getting a 30 wt quilting thread through the eye. I usually run my thread through bees wax and a great tip I got here was to moisten the eye end of your needle instead of the end of your thread. It works great. I also have a magnifyer glass on my Ott light which I have to use. I do not use needle threaders.

    Try the Roxann needles, I think you will really like them and they really are a lot easier to thread with heavier quilting thread.

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    http://www.joann.com/images/14/24/6/xprd142460_m.jpg
    I use this all the time with no problem.

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    Try cutting the thread at an angle - it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char
    http://www.joann.com/images/14/24/6/xprd142460_m.jpg
    I use this all the time with no problem.
    Me too!

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    I the Clover desk needle threader and it has worked for me using thicker threads and size 10 needles. Did you know that needles made in Japan are made from better quality steel then in Germany, the US, or England? I always look for the Made in Japan when buying needles or pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I the Clover desk needle threader and it has worked for me using thicker threads and size 10 needles. Did you know that needles made in Japan are made from better quality steel then in Germany, the US, or England? I always look for the Made in Japan when buying needles or pins.
    Thanks for the needle/pin info!

    I too, have the clover desk needle threader----what a life saver!

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    me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char
    http://www.joann.com/images/14/24/6/xprd142460_m.jpg
    I use this all the time with no problem.
    Yes, I use this too! My eyesight isn't what it use to be!

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    Beeswax helps - Also, try moving the needle to the tip of the thread instead of the thread to the needle. Sounds funny, but it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char
    http://www.joann.com/images/14/24/6/xprd142460_m.jpg
    I use this all the time with no problem.
    I also love this product. These 57 year-old eyes need all the help they can get!

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    thanks everyone for all of your tips

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    I don't think you can beat the Clover needle threader - just love mine!

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    When using the needle threader, hold onto the wire itself and not the "handle." :wink:

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    Tammy - I have the same problem but do a combo of these suggestions. I cut the thread on an angle and move the needle to the thread. And, the old fashioned one - lick the thread! I have broken many needle threaders, too. I'm going to check out the roxanne needles mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char
    http://www.joann.com/images/14/24/6/xprd142460_m.jpg
    I use this all the time with no problem.
    I just bought one of these. It works great - but BEFORE this neat gadget I used to run the end of the thread through one of those beeswax disks and then cut the end off at an angle. The beeswax makes it stiff enough that it goes through the eye without bending or bowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    Try cutting the thread at an angle - it works for me.
    That works for me, too... and also one other thing: hold the thread between the forefinger and thumb very short (you should only see the end of the thread) and guide the needle's eye over it with the other hand. The needle is easier to control than the flexible thread.

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    Thanks everyone for the tips.. I was looking for the Roxanne needles at Joanne's but could not find them.. will look at my quilt shop.. looks like one of the clover desk threaders may be coming home from the store with me too...

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