How to Use a Sewing Needle Threader

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You can be a master seamstress with years of experience, but if you can't thread a needle you can't sew anything. Both machine and hand needles require you to guide the end of the thread through an oblong slender hole known as the eye. The task sounds simple enough, but often the tiny fibers of the thread can lead it astray as you try to push it through the eye of the needle. A hand or machine needle threader can greatly reduce the time and energy you spend on this task.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Hand needle threader

Sewing Machine Needle Threader

  • Raise the machine needle to its highest point by turning the wheel at the opposite end of the machine or pressing the needle position button on the front of the machine.

  • Lower the presser foot by pulling the presser foot lever down. The presser foot lever is either to the side of or behind the needle and presser foot assembly.

  • Grasp the top thread with your right hand.

  • Press the needle threader lever down slowly with your left hand while bringing the top thread under the thread guide -- a small metal hook-shaped piece that lowers down. The lever is to the left of the needle and presser foot assembly.

  • Continue to press the needle threader lever until it is completely lowered. This brings a small metal hook through the eye of the needle. Bring the thread over the top of the thread guide and across the front of the needle under the metal hook.

  • Continue to hold the thread lightly while slowly releasing the needle threader lever. Release the thread once the hook pulls it through the eye of the needle.

  • Grasp the loop of thread behind the needle, and pull it toward the back of the machine until you have a 2- to 3-inch tail of thread and the end of the thread makes it through the eye of the needle.

Hand Needle Threader

  • Grasp the flat metal part of the needle threader between the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand. Grasp the needle between the eye and the point with the thumb and index finger of your other hand.

  • Stick the thin metal loop of the threader through the eye of the needle. The loop will compress enough to fit through the eye of the needle. Let go of the needle threader. The loop will expand to hold the threader through the eye of the needle.

  • Guide 2 to 3 inches of the end of the thread through the metal loop of the threader with your dominant hand.

  • Grasp the needle threader again, and pull the threader back through the needle; the thread will come through the eye of the needle along with the metal loop. Continue to pull the threader until the end of the thread makes it through the eye of the needle and the threader is freed from the thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the same threader you use to thread a hand needle to thread a machine needle if your machine isn't equipped with an automatic threader. Push the threader through the eye of the needle from front to back, and use as you would for a hand needle.

References

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