Unlock the Magic: a Guide to Mastering the Needle Threader!


Last Wednesday, I talked about hand-stitching with sewing needles. These unbelievably important items for your sewing kit came in at #1 on my list of “must-have” tools for beginners who are just learning to sew.

While reading last Wednesday’s blog post, you may have been thinking, “But I hate threading needles! It’s hard!” Don’t worry; I’ve gotcha covered with my second necessity for those who are new to sewing:

A traditional tin needle threader, with the cameo image of a woman's profile face in the center of a flat tin circle, lays on a blue fabric that has an unusually rippled texture. The tin circle extends to the right, with a tiny wire looping down from that. It's this wire section that helps the sewist thread a needle.
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#2 — A Needle Threader

Most sewing kits come with one of these cameo needle threaders. If you’re not sure how to use one, this tutorial (the same one shown at the top of today’s blog post) shows you how simple they are to use.

A threader often comes in  a typical sewing kit, but I don’t recommend buying a “sewing kit” like you find at a grocery store. They use the cheapest thread (which breaks as you use it), crappy scissors that can’t cut anything, and they throw in a button that you’re never ever going to use!

And frankly, those cameo needle threaders aren’t the best.

Buy a nice set of genuine needle threaders like these traditional plastic ones or these fun shapes from Singer (the sewing machine company).

The traditional tin needle threader (pictured above) works fine in a pinch, but if you spend just a little more money on your needle threaders, you’ll feel your needle threader is fun to use and lasts a long time, instead of having it twist and bend and eventually come apart, which is usually what happens to the cheap tin needle threaders that have a cameo image on them.

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials. The image shows a Spin Master Liv doll fashion doll wearing an apron and standing beside her sewing machine. Beside her is a handmade doll dress on a 1:6 scale dress form mannequin and in the foreground, it says, "How to use a needle threader" with an arrow pointing to a cameo-style needle threader tool used by seamstresses and sewists. The URL provided on the image is chellywood.com.
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2 thoughts on “Unlock the Magic: a Guide to Mastering the Needle Threader!

  1. Dritz has some good ones, they cost a bit more than cameos but last longer. One has the wire that retracts, another has a little hook. Great especially for embroidery when you’re always changing thread. Great video!

  2. I remember mum showing me how to use a needle threader when I was a child. Sewing kits always came with those cameo needle threaders that seem not to have changed in 60 years or more. I have broken so many of the darn things. I did eventually learn how to thread a needle without one but I’d welcome a better-quality threader.

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