The Complete Beginner’s Guide to How to Thread a Needle 2021

How to thread a needle? It gets frustrating when you can’t get the thread through the eye of the needle. A thread has its own mind and you gotta come to terms with its mind to get through the eye of the needle. Here are useful ways on how to thread a needle in pretty simple ways!

A quick video demonstration on how to thread a needle.


How to thread a needle using contrasting background

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The easiest way to thread a needle is to use a contrasting background. In this example, we have used an ideal white background. Using a white background lets the eye focus more precisely on the thread itself. You can use any background as white – your white wall paint may come in handy too.

How to thread a needle using a tweezer

Using a tweezer to thread a needle is a common practice. Tweezers assist with holding the thread upright straight. If you are threading a handheld needle, then regular tweezers would suffice. Use the tweezer to hold the thread with one hand and the other to slide in the thread in the needle.


How to thread a needle using water/saliva

Place a drop of water between your thumb and fingers. Place your moist finger towards the side of a hand-held needle where the thread should pass. Keep your finger close to the needle’s eye, leaving enough space for the thread to pass through. Another way is to slightly suck in the tip of the thread. This trick smoothes out the edges of the thread. Now hold the thread whilst focusing the right eye on the eye of the needle and slip the thread in the needle.


How to thread a needle with a Needle Threader

A needle threader is a tool that comes with a bundle of built-in handheld sewing needles. Needle threaders are easily available at fabric stores. A needle threader usually comes with a package of varied hand-held sewing needles. How to use a needle threader? Push the wire through the eye of the needle; then insert the thread through the wire. Next, pull the wire back out of the needle, drawing the thread through the eye.

The image explains well how to thread a needle. A needle threader is also usable with a machine needle. 


How to thread a needle using right size eye

It is also dependent on the type of thread used to thread a needle. The kind of needle is also important. For example, the bobbin thread is a tiny thread that works nicely with a small needle eye. Thicker buttons and carpet thread necessitate a big eye needle for seamless threading. Furthermore, the proper eye size thread aids in the prevention of damage and breaking of the thread while sewing.


How to thread a needle using  sharp Scissors

The thread should be cut at a 45-degree angle. To avoid shredding, the cut must be increasingly angled as the thread thickness increases. Even if you can’t perceive the angle, it will make guiding the thread into the eye of the needle much simpler. If this somehow leaves the thread a little shredded (which it shouldn’t), still use the above method of How to thread a needle using water/saliva.


How to thread an embroidery needle?

The embroidery needle is easier to thread as it has a bigger eye than an ordinary needle. It is bigger in size too. The process to thread an embroidery needle is pretty much the same. If you can still seem to easily thread a needle, watch this.


How to tie a knot with thread?

Here are some pointers to help you with how to thread a needle and later how to tie a knot.

  • When the needle is strung, stretch the thread tail for about 1/2″. 
  • With one hand hold the thread tail against the needle, utilize your other hand to fold the thread over the needle clockwise multiple times. 
  • Squeeze the thread tail and thread wraps with your thumb and index finger, then, at that point, handle the needle close to its point and tenderly get it through the thread wraps. 
  • Keep squeezing the thread wraps until the thread is gotten through and a little, firm knot has shaped close to the end of the thread.
  • Or simply, make a loop of thread at the end of the tail of the thread. Insert the other end of the tail that doesn’t make the loop. And take the whole thread out until a knot is made. It will save you time.

How to thread a needle – The absolute Right way!

Step 1: Grab the thread

Grab the thread that you want to slip into the needle. Make sure that the thread is smooth; it doesn’t have any additional thread coming off its structure. If it isn’t smooth, use the above guide on how to thread a needle using water/saliva. 

Step 2: Grab the needle

 Make sure you are using the right type of needle for your thread. Read the above guide on how to thread a needle using the right size eye.

Step 3: Hold the needle

Hold the needle in between your index finger and thumb in one hand, while the hand grabs the thread. The finger that holds the needle should be stationary while the fingers that hold the needle should do the job. Closely slip the thread into the needle.

Step 4: Slip thread through the eye

Once the thread is in the needle, place your thumb over the eye of the needle so that the thread doesn’t slip off the eye of the needle. Carefully pull enough thread through the other end of the eye of the needle. That’s all for you know how to thread a needle. If you know of any other ways to how to thread a needle, comment us below.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to thread a needle on a sewing machine?

Well, getting a thread through the needle is the same for sewing machines. Follow the above guide.

How to thread a needle with poor eyesight?

Turn on extra lights or use a torch. Use bigger eye size needles. Ask a friend.

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