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    It seems to be getting more difficult to thread my sewing machine needles .(yes I wear glasses & was recently seen by eye DR). Two questions 1. Do you use an independent threader for your machine, and is it worth the money??? Do not seem to be expensive on Ebay. #2. If you are store front or on line seller do you sell them and what is price? I would prefer to buy from someone here rather then outsider.

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    I'm interested in the responses to your question, too. I have a machine with a self threader but most of the time it doesn't thread so I have to thread by hand (and eye). It takes forever. I wear glasses too with no line bifocals and STILL can't see that little hole!! :(

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    I'm having pretty good success with one of those inexpensive wire loop needle threaders. I had to bend the wire so I can get it to go through the eye an insert it from back to front.

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    My machine has a threader and I LOVE it once I figured out how to use it....if you are getting another machine this is nice and the other thing was the neddle up or down.....hope this helps

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    That is the only thing I don't like about my machine. I can still manually thread the needle much faster than I can with that blankety blank threader on the machine!!!

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    Have you tried holding a scrap of white paper up behind the needle when you thread it? It helps to make the eye stand out so you can see where you are going with the thread. Just a thought.

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    I have the threader tooo and has not worked right since I have had the machine......yes I read the instructions :lol:

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    My eye sight is bad. I have trifocals. I also use the inexpensive wire loop threaders. They bend very well. Some of my machines thread from front to back (so I put the loop in from the back). My other machines thread from the side. The threader works well on all of the machines.

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    I have been known to take the needle out ,thread it and put it back in lol, I finnally bought a cheap magnifying glass ,it does the trick!

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    My mid arm quilting machine does not have a threader on it... and I have been wondering about one of the machine threaders as well. I saw one on Ebay and have been curious ever since.

    I also wonder if anyone has one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    I'm interested in the responses to your question, too. I have a machine with a self threader but most of the time it doesn't thread so I have to thread by hand (and eye). It takes forever. I wear glasses too with no line bifocals and STILL can't see that little hole!! :(
    I have the same problem Nanamoms, self threader on machine that won't work and no line bifocals and still can't see to thread needle!

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    I have tried loads n loads but I still come back to the basic wire needle threader.

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    I have a self threader on my machine, but do it the "old fashioned" way, I can have it done faster.

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    i have never had any luck w/built -in threaders.you must have to have a hole in the needle the size of a golf ball
    the tip w/the white paper does help when threading by hand or w/wire loop
    don't think i'd ever pay extra to get one if it didn't come on the machine!
    dar

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    My Esante has a auto needle threader and I love it but my singer has one that has not worked since I got it I use one of those little cheap threaders and it works great.
    I would not invest in something more expensive as I have found most of these miracle solutions you see never work
    as they say they will

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    I have a Janome with a threaded and I love it - I have a hard time threading my other machines but with the built in threader - I don't cringe when I have to change threads :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I have tried loads n loads but I still come back to the basic wire needle threader.
    I meant to say on basic machines but I am really pleased with the needle threader on my Elna 7200 it works brilliantly :thumbup:

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    The easiest way for me to thread without a threader is to aim for the light behind the hole not the hole itself. I do have good lighting behind my machine.

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    I have a computerised Brother with a needle threader, works great. The only time I have issues is if the needle isn't raised correctly. My friend has a cheap Walmart Brother, non computerised, it has a great needle threader. Wish I could find a threader for my old White machine. That machine is a workhorse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    I'm interested in the responses to your question, too. I have a machine with a self threader but most of the time it doesn't thread so I have to thread by hand (and eye). It takes forever. I wear glasses too with no line bifocals and STILL can't see that little hole!! :(
    I have the same problem. sometimes I put a piece of paper behind the machine needle so I can see the hole. The built in one doesn't always work for me either. I also make sure i cut the end of the thread before I try. If it is "fuzzy' from the trhead cutter it won't hit the eye for me. So much for my relaxing hobby.

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    I have a computerised Brother with a needle threader, works great. The only time I have issues is if the needle isn't raised correctly. My friend has a cheap Walmart Brother, non computerised, it has a great needle threader. Wish I could find a threader for my old White machine. That machine is a workhorse.
    Can you beleive it's warmer by 2 degrees at home than here in Yuma.

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    mine is a Brother also. when the threader works it's great. I'm sure alot of my problem is user error, not the machine.

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    On my Kenmore that I keep over at my quilt buddy's house, I use the needle threader that came with my Imagine Wave serger. Don't know where to tell you to get one, but they are far superior to the wire needle threaders. You might check at a babylock dealer.

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    I can't see to use my threader on my machine. I purchased a small LED light and put it behind the needle and I can finally see the hole so a least I can thread my needle and use my machine.

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    if i tip my machine back i can see the needle better

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