Hi all this is Dana here, in this video
I’m going to be showing you how to thread your needle using various types of
needle threaders and also by hand. I’ve actually had quite a few emails recently
from people who wanted to start cross stitching, but they didn’t actually know
how to thread their needle. They’ve never been taught and nobody in their family
knows how to stitch. So I thought I would address that with various types of
needle threaders and also how I do it by hand, which is how I learned how to
thread the needles. But first I’m sure lots of you will recognize this, this is
a generic needle threader. You get them in a lot of craft kits and whatnot. This
is a tapestry needle, and in another video I’ll be going over different types
of needles that you can use for stitching. But for this one it’s just
about how to thread the needle. So this one is pretty simple to use, the only
issue with these ones is they’re not that well made and the
little, where the little filaments, metal filaments are anchored here, they pull
out really easily. So you have to be quite gentle with them. But the way you
do it is you put your little filament through the eye of the needle, get your
thread, depending on whether using one strand or two you put that many strands
through the eye. Put that through there like that, pull it just long enough,
sorry the thread so getting a little bit staticky, pull it through enough so that
it’s not going to fall out, and then you gently pull it through. And hey presto,
there’s your needle threaded. So it’s the same if you did two strands, exactly the same
technique. That’s using this little metal one here. Another one that I just
recently purchased is this one, it’s a Clover, it’s called Clover, that’s the brand
name. Here’s the little package here. So it’s quite neat, and it’s this is
designed for tapestry needles and wider needles, and it’s also really good if
you’re using thick threads. You can see it’s quite sturdy, so the little metal
things aren’t going to come out. I mean I’m sure you could pull them out if you
really really tried, but I wouldn’t obviously try that. But it’s great if
you’re trying to thread bigger needles with thicker threads or more difficult
threads, like say if they’re fluffy or something like that. So the same thing,
you’d put the tip of your threader through,
push it through until it catches, this one’s nice you can just kind of let the needle
hang. Again you’d grab your thread, pull your thread through, pull it through
enough and then pull it back. It’s got a little bit of a spring to it, so just be
aware of that when you’re pulling it through. And then catch one of the ends
so you don’t pull it all the way through again. So yeah, so that’s the Clover one. I
quite like that one, it’s got a nice little cap too so you can keep it
protected and so you don’t accidentally sit on it as you’re working or whatnot.
And it’s got a little hanger here too so you can hang it onto a necklace or
hang it onto a key fob or your scissor fob whatever you tend to want to use
when you’re stitching. So that’s that one, here is one called
a LoRan. So this is kind of cool, that’s the package there. This is metal
so obviously this isn’t going to work for really fine needles but it is really
neat and it is very sturdy. I’ve heard a lot of stitchers say they really
really like this one. So you can, depending on the size of the eye of your
needle you can either put it through it the bigger end or the smaller end. But the
nice thing about that is you can actually put it quite a way through. The
nice thing about this one is you don’t have to thread it through the hole,
you just catch it, you just catch your floss so in this case get your floss so
you just hook it around a little hook like that. Hold your needle, pull it
through and obviously catch one of the other ends so you don’t pull it all the
way through, and hey presto. So that’s actually a really really handy one if
you’re using bigger needles, like I said this wouldn’t work for something like a
beading needle, it’s not quite small enough. And the last one, the last threader I’ll show you.
I’ll show you these really cool ones [Dritz looped threader] these are actually designed, it’s a
really really handy for if you have a serger sewing machine that finishes up the
edges or if you have like a sewing machine, these are really handy because
they’re really really fine and delicate as you can see. And you can see
there’s a little tiny loop at the end so that’s actually what anchors your
floss so it doesn’t slide out as you’re trying to pull it through your needle. So
these are great, they actually do fit into beading needles but depending on
the type of thread you’re using it might be too thick to actually pull it through
the beading needle once the thread is in there. So you’d have to try, there’s
various sizes of beading needles but yeah, it is really handy. It’s very good
for very fine eyed needles. So again I’ll grab my my big tapestry needle here, feed
that through, grab my thread, feed that through, and you can actually give it a
little pull and that will actually anchor it into that little tiny loop
there. And then you can see you can move this all over the place and
the threads are not going anywhere. Pull it through and then I just
pull it out. Tada! Amazing, I know it’s like magic. Yeah so these are
actually really cool, especially to use a lot of finer needles and you’re having a
hard time seeing. Also if if you’re using finer needles and you’re having a hard
time seeing the eye, a magnifying, either a magnifying glass or like a little
handheld one or like a magnifying light that a lot of stitchers use, that’s really
really handy when you’re threading needles. Another little tip is to
actually get like a white card, like this card, and put it behind the
needle eye, and you can see how much easier it is to see that eye and exactly where it
is. All right so what I’m going to show you is how I thread the needle, which is
folding it in half. So if you are using the loop method, I’ve got some videos
about that to start your threads, I’ll put a link in the description below.
What you’re going to do is you’re going to get your threads so that the same length
either side, so that the same distance apart, they’re together, get your loop.
There’s a couple ways you can do this. If your eye is big enough, obviously
you can just slip the loop through the eye like that easily enough. If the eye’s a
little bit smaller, there’s one trick that my mum taught me when I was
learning how to sew as a kid. So if you grab, my nails might be in the way,
basically what you’re doing is you’re folding your floss over the eye and
you’re gonna fold it really tight. So you’re actually pulling this quite
tightly and then squishing your fingers together as tight as you can, well not
like as tight as you can but really tight, so you’re basically squashing the
floss. Then you can push sort of carefully like push the eye over those little ends
and you can push it through. Obviously catch your ends and there you go, there’s
your threaded loop. So this is how I actually thread pretty much all of my
needles, I do that, I do this little folding method over the eye of the
needle and for me it works really really well. It does take a bit of practice and
if you’re using slightly thicker threads with a slightly smaller needle it might
be really tricky to do. But just give it a go, and yeah so I actually don’t use
needle threaders unless a needle’s being particularly difficult or I’m using
a specialty thread that’s getting hard. Another thing that you can do that a lot
of stitchers do is they will get their floss, a good tip, if you’re threading it
straight through the eye of the needle like that is to get your scissors and
make sure you’ve got a nice sharp end. You can even cut it at a bit of an
angle and that will kind of almost make a point on the end, and that will
actually make its threading a lot easier. Obviously this is a really giant needle
for this, but that’ll make threading a lot easier. Another little tip too is if
you’re threading a needle and it’s proving to be kind of difficult, I’ll
grab another needle as a demonstration, it’s a little easier to see. So you can
see how the needle has a little channel in it, this one has it on both sides, a
little groove on both sides. That is actually meant to
guide your thread so it’s easier to thread. So if you’re
threading it this way, you push it right through there and that little channel
actually guides your thread. So that’s what that little groove is for in
case you never knew, and it also sort of helps protect the [thread] from getting
chafed as it’s going through your fabric. If you are
having issues check and see which side of the needle that little groove is on and
that will help you as well. Another method that some people do is
they actually lick the end of their thread and put that through, that does
help actually keep it together. The only problem with doing that is is it can
actually rust out your needle eye, in which case you might find that your
threads start getting a little bit frayed or they start getting knotty.
It’s because the inside of your needle eye is actually starting to get worn
away and it’s starting to slowly shred the texture of your floss
and it can actually break your floss as well. Another alternative to licking your
ends is (and also don’t lick your ends if you’re using hand dyed floss, you
don’t know what chemicals you might be ingesting), this stuff is Thread Heaven,
it’s a it’s a thread lubricant. Now I know people are going absolutely bananas
right now because Thread Heaven is closing up shop, they’re not selling this
anymore. But basically all this is is a silicone, so I’ve heard the silicone ear
plugs that you can get for like swimmers, that’s exactly the same stuff. It’s like
a silicone putty so you basically just run your run your floss through it. You
can also there’s a brand called Thread Magic and that’s actually got a better
container than this one anyway because it’s got little slots and the sides you can
drag your floss through it. It’s basically a lubricant wax,
beeswax also works, I wouldn’t use candle wax but beeswax
can work as well. It just basically smooths the fibers of your floss down a
little bit. It’s actually really handy for certain metallics and satin threads
because they’re a little bit slippery, so it helps make them a little more, I
don’t want to say sticky, but it helps give them a little bit more texture so
they don’t slide around your needle as much and give you as many problems. And
this stuff doesn’t affect your thread at all, it doesn’t affect how it ages it doesn’t
dirty or your fabric or anything like that. I have heard of people using one of
these for dark threads and one for lighter threads but you know that’s up
to you. So that’s pretty much it, that’s all my tips for how to thread a needle.
If you have any other ones please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
I love learning new things and and other people obviously can learn as well by
reading the comments. If you have any questions please contact me, if you see
the little link that’s going to pop up on your right you’ll see that there’s
some free patterns available on my site so you can practice stitching and just
generally have some more little projects to stitch up. And that’s it for now, talk
to you later, bye for now!

16 thoughts on “Needle threaders: what needle threader is best for you?”

  1. I wanted to buy one on amazon and hesitated because I wasn't certain of which one to buy, then I click on YouTube and here is this video. Thank you!

  2. Very handy thank you. You could do to move your camera down a little so that it's possible to see how you thread them =)

  3. Thank you so much! I was baffled by all the choices, and I knew the old fashioned wire one would be inferior. This was extremely helpful.

  4. thank you so much. I always used the old fashioned one. Didn't know there are so many other kinds that are easier to use and sturdier

  5. Big fan of that third one. Try flipping it upside down from how Dana held it. It has a little notch you kind of hook your needle on so you don’t have to hold it. Works like a dream for all needles a good size for Aida, & I use the bigger end for large needles like I’d use for stitching in plastic canvas. Thanks for showing us all the options!

  6. Thank you very much for your very clear instructions, I can now thread my machine. I have been fighting to use the built-in​ machine threader on my Sew Mate 5400, but I cannot following the instructions so thank you very much.

  7. Hi, new sub who is very happy to have found you. You're vlogs are very well done and so HELPFUL I wish I could hug you! (I covet your long, strong nails that add charm to your demos.) Thank you for helping me have more success and fulfillment in my stitching and creativity!???? Sue

  8. I was at a stitching convention and the lady next to me was using school glue stick for the end of her floss before threading it. I haven't used that technique but thought I would share. Nice tutorial.

  9. Chapstick is great for waxing the end of thread before threading a needle. If concerned about the wax, snip off that inch after threading the needle. Or, Bert's Bees lip balm is another option. Compact – easy to stash in kits, pockets, in the catchall beside your sewing machine and/or serger.

  10. Thank you, lovely 🙂 Great tutorials and reviews, I'm so glad sharing helps us all make better choices and learn new skill. #MuchLove & #Blessings. Xx

  11. Hi. I bought 2mm seed beads, sorry! not sure what the other size is that Beader's call them, I just know they are 2mm. But I cannot for the life of me, find needles that fit through the beads and that I can thread. I bought pony beading needles size 10/12. They go through the needle empty but they are Impossible to thread no matter what I try, including the thinnest needle threader I have can you please advise me what Needles to buy that have large eyes and will actually fit through the 2mm seed bead Thank you so much, a very frustrated newby to beading.

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