Sometimes I want to use an extra long thread so I can use it for a while, because it still is hard to pull the thread through a needle. Especially at night with less light it can be difficult. Keep on reading for tips on how you can put a thread through a needle at once.

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With these tips it gets easier to pull the thread through the needle:

  • Cut the thread slant and make the thread wet. By cutting the thread slant the thread gets thinner and making it wet gives less chance of fraying. This only works with string chord, not with fireline.
  • Is the fireline a little bit too thick? Try to flatten the end of the fireline thread, for example with pliers, your nails or teeth. Flattening the thread makes it easier to pull it through the needle.
  • When you hold the thread, hold it at it’s end. This also helps against fraying.
  • Use a needle in a bigger size. Needles start at size #10 and the higher the number, the smaller the needle. A thinner needle has a bigger chance of breaking and makes it harder to get a thread through the eye. Size #10 and #11 are the most popular and they are easier to put a thread through than the #13, for example. I personally only use the thinner needles to maneuver away a thread through beads where already multiple threads have been pulled through.
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Still having a hard time? There’s two other options.

  • Use a threader, thank to the smooth metal you can easily pull the thread through the needle.
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  • There are different sorts of needles, such as the twisted beading needle or collapsible eye needle. These are very flexible and the eye is big. A disadvantage is that the needle itself is also very flexible. This can be a nice way of threading, it’s up to your own preference. Personally, I only use the stiff needles.
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As with most hobbies, practice makes perfect 😉 Do you have other tips and tricks to prevent needle and thread frustration? Let us know!

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