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How to Thread a Needle & Tie a Knot

Have you ever struggled to thread a needle? Clipping ends off fraying threads until you thought you’d lose your mind?

spool of red thread with a large silver needle stuck in the center with text overlay The easiest way to thread a needle

I used to be like you. If you want we can sit back with a cup of coffee and talk about it. However I’m sure you’re more interested in the semi-click bait title.

I promise I can change your life with one simple tip! One of the most annoying things about sewing is threading a needle the other most annoying thing is your thread getting tangled because you left it super long so you don’t need to rethread very often.

How To Thread a Needle without a Struggle

This is so easy you’ll wonder why you never thought of it. Grab a needle and some thread and we’ll get started.

Pull off some thread, fold it over so you have a loop. Then pull it down until you have a small loop. Push that look through the eye of the needle. BAM. Needle threaded.

It works really well for a few reasons. One, it doesn’t matter if the end is frayed because you’re not using the end. It also give extra stiffness to the thread so it goes though the needle and doesn’t squish back on it’s self.

I’ve done this with embroidery floss, machine embroidery thread, heavy industrial cotton thread, bakers twine etc. and it always works. As a bonus you don’t need to keep a needle threader handy or constantly shove thread in your mouth and get spit all over your sewing projects.

I picked this trick up from my boss at Crooked Brook. My real job, in the real world. If you need some custom chef wear or embroidered stuff hit us up 😉

Here’s a bonus tip:

How to Tie a Knot in Thread Quickly

As the embroidery queen I do most of my sewing with high tech 16 needle embroidery machines that tie knots themselves. But occasionally I get pulled in to help sew on buttons.

When your boss hands you a pile of chef jackets needing 12 buttons each and says you can go home early when you finish you don’t have time to mess with slow knots (or threading a needle 😉 ) EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

Wrap all the strands of thread around your index finger in a loop. Pinch your index finger and thread together and roll your thumb down your finger, the thread will roll into a knot.

Pull it tight using your thumb nail against your finger.

It’s a little tricky to get the hang of it but once it clicks you’ll thank me. I have found it doesn’t work so well if you have very dry skin so lotion up if you’re having issues.

Double Up Your Thread

One final trick. If you’re sewing on a button (or fixing missing stitches in embroidery because the machine is being dumb) use 4 strands. You’ll get much more bang for your buck and you won’t need to do nearly as many passes with the needle.

I swear these methods will make your life so much easier, after a few tries you won’t even have to think about what you’re doing. Hopefully these tips will help you on your own sewing projects (especially now that Halloween is coming up!)

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