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Thread: What the heck do I do with the tails?

  1. #51
    Super Member GailG's Avatar
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    May 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    If you plan to bury them (which is what I do) then invest in a packet of self threading needles, using these makes it so much easier. You can only use these needles if you use a thimble, but most people do, don't they?
    I'm glad you said MOST and not ALL because I have not been successful in using a thimble. Dumb question, but why does one need a thimble in using a self-threading needle? I've never used that kind of needle.

    My machine does a self knot. That makes it easy to do the SITDing.

  2. #52
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    Why the thimble? Most people when they talk about a self threading needle are referring to the calyx-eye aka French spring eye needle. This self threading needle is made by putting a slot at the top of the eye. It was invented in 1850 when metal and technology could not do anything better.

    That self threading needle has two small points, one on each side of the slot, at the top of the eye, and is very hard on your finger if you push. That is why they recommend the thimble when using a self threading needle.

    My side threading needle (the Spiral eye needle) is also sometimes called a self threadingor easy threading needle, but it has the slot on the side and it is no harder on your finger than a traditional eye needle.

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    Super Member Rainbow's Avatar
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    Fayetteville, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    For those of you who like to bury the tails, take a look at this needle:

    http://www.spiraleyeneedles.com/ .
    I think these sound WONDERFUL...and I have ordered several different ones.....

    THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    WOW that is pricey but it looks like it would do the trick.

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