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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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    I just use a needle threader...

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    Thanks for the tips! I find it very amusing that I can thread a #10 easier than I can an embroidery needle, my hands just seem to know where that tiny hole is, right side or back side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i didnt know that but i do have better luck putting needle on thread not putting thread in the needle, if that makes sense
    Absolutely! I do it the same way and I have no problems to thread my needles. I hold the thread between thumb and forefinger of my left hand very short and guide the needle's eyer over the thread's end.
    It also helps when you cut the thread diagonally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    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!!
    Thank you so much, Trina! It really makes sense to me. I will tell the students im my workshops if you don't mind!

    :)

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    Great tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i didnt know that but i do have better luck putting needle on thread not putting thread in the needle, if that makes sense
    I read you Nancy, I do that too. It is a lot easier holding the thread pinched below the surface of fingers and 'pushing' the needle eye down over it...man we really need a picture. I'll try to get my husband to take it for me.

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    Never heard that........wonderful and thanks for sharing :D

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    I'll try that next time!

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    Well.... heavens to Betsy! Who would have thought. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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    I didn't know. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great tip. Thank you for sharing.

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    Cool, thanks.

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    Yes, and you can also cut your thread at an angle and it goes through much better.

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    LOL and here i thought it was because i could not see the tiny little hole. Thanks for the tip

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    Oh Thank you so much I thought it was just me. Shirley

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