Threading a needle

For two days in a row, I have been trying to get a thread through the eye of the sewing machine needle but have failed miserably.

I have tried the traditional method, front to back, pushing the thread through the needle- doesn’t work. Seems like eyesight and hand eye coordination don’t work together at this age for me.

I researched on youtube to find out answers. I tried the Twitter hack, which seems to work on friction and which was done with ease by the demonstrator but not so much ease by me.

And then there was the fool proof Chinese way. It is so easy and interesting when watching on youtube but not so easy in real life. For me, failed attempts.

And there were the needle threader methods. I tried all of them. To be fair, the metal flimsy hand held needle threader worked once for me but the machine didn’t play fair and the threads I had threaded so lovingly, painstakingly broke. Another attempt failed.

I have now ordered all the needle threaders I found on Amazon and ebay, with the hope that one of them will work for me. Many of them will take a month to find me, so I need to wait. Why is it that when I am in a mood to do something, things don’t work out as well.

As to my studies, though I deferred my course, I had given up hope of pursuing it. Yesterday I was reminded of getting paper work started again, so the visa process could start right in earnest this time, rather than waiting for the last moment as before.

19 thoughts on “Threading a needle

  1. Self threading machines don’t work for me. As for hand sewing I have some of those needles that have a space for the thread to slide into. Now if only my hand sewing would improve. lol


  2. I just went by a sewing center nearby and I was thinking when I have some time..I would love to have lessons for sewing. Not my strongest point. Maybe as a Christmas present! I do admire those who can sew and assemble outfits.


      1. A small business nearby opened 4 years ago and it is still in business. I haven’t found any schools that teach sewing (Home Economics) while I was growing up. Now it is a different course, unfortunately.


  3. Susie – I’ve had trouble threading a needle for handsewing – glad I don’t do it much but what my mom used to do was she used to keep a container of waxed dental floss. She would press the thread against the dental floss. The floss is sturdy and the thread just travels right through the hole with the floss. You could also thread the sewing machine needle then reattach it to the machine. I am glad I did all my machine sewing when I was younger and had good eyes. My eyes are not good now – trifocals and couldn’t tell a turkey from a woodchuck. I rest my case. 🙂


      1. Great, I hope it works Susie – if you can get a “rigid” floss without the wax, it won’t build up as much in the eye of the needle, but the waxed will indeed work … press your thread against it. Hope you are sewing again soon.


  4. Buy a magnifying glass, Susie. Works for me and my failing eyesight. (cataract in one eye).
    When the needle eye is blown up to mega size, threading it seems to all of a sudden become a complete doddle. (walk in the park). Give it a try. I think this might just be the thing to help you. ~ Cobs. x


      1. You can get a magnifying glass from many places Susie. I have two. A rather fancy one which is metal and looks very expensive – but only cost me £4.99 from a store called TK Maxx and another one which I bought from a cheap book shop, which is plastic and only cost me 99p – and it’s this plastic one which is my most used, favourite one.

        Try market stalls and cheaper book selling stores. Lots of people use magnifying glasses to read.


  5. Timelesslady says:

    I have been tortured by sewing machine needles too! I think what makes it so hard is you can’t move the needle closer to you, you must move closer to the needle, and then of course, that puts one in a very awkward position and makes it all that much harder.


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