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Thread: What am I doing wrong?

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    I don't have any answers for you. Just wanted you to know once you get the knack of it, it works really well. Don't give up, maybe take a break from trying it for a while. Good luck.

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    Learned this trick using yarn and tapestry needles. Fold the end of the "yarn" over the needle, pinch tightly and slide the needle out, now slide the eye over the pinch. It threads 9 out of 10 times. So when I returned to sewing and started quilting, I thought, well, now that I really can't see the eye hole in the needles, lets try that method. Works for me about 8 out of 10 tries. Thread and sewing needles are much smaller, after all! And both of my sewing machines have the "threader" built in. That took a couple of minutes to figure out, but sure beats trying the limp and soggy routine! Thankfully, the cats never repeat any swear words that may slip, but they do run when I poke myself, so I have to be careful!

    Thank you for the link to the spiral eye needles, I might be investing in a small pack, just to give it a shot! I learn more neat stuff on this board!

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    Luana I had the same proble. It's not you it's the needle. They are not all created equal. I had some singer needles. They were awful. All I got was shredding and broken thread. I bought a pkg of Fons and Porter needles from my LQS. Buy a good brand. I think John James makes them as well. Emily

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    I was not happy with the results when I tried it either>

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    Pattycakes - thanks for this. Brilliance! I've got a quilt waiting to have all the threads buried - I'll be trying this. I already use a tapestry or darning needle because they're so much easier to thread, but the loop bit is new to me.

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    I used nothing but the V needles (25-30 years ago) and they were great. Couldn't find any of my old V needles so bought some Fons and Porter ones. They are the PITS!!! They shred the thread every time. (Made in China, no doubt) They also cost way too much compared to the old ones I used to have that had about 30 or more in a package and were of varying sizes. Just shows what this world is coming to,...make it fast and cheap and charge a bunch for imported junk. Good old "Made in the USA" stuff is almost always better quality. Why can't we go back to manufacturing our own stuff and let the other countries suffer with their junk? Maybe they would learn something if we didn't continue to buy it now days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattycakes View Post
    I went on you tube and typed in what I was looking for and got this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmZAzW_175s

    Try this method it seems to work better. Good luck!
    I've just tried this, and it's a brilliant method. Really speeds up the dreary job of dealing with all the threads. Thanks very much for posting it.

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    Another thing you might consider is a nit-picker - you can get them on Amazon or if you are lucky, a quilt shop. They work very nicely. You put the thread in and pull it through - works nicely.
    Busy in Ohio

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