How to Thread a Sewing Machine Needle with Poor Eyesight

Many people who enjoy sewing find it very difficult to thread a needle after losing their sight, but you can make it easier for yourself.   

There are many needle threaders commercially available to everyone, including self-threading needles, metal loop threaders and the Infila Needle Threader which you can purchase at the Store. But my favorite trick is simply a dental floss threader that you can find at the local pharmacy. 
People who wear braces or have a bridge use a dental floss threader. It is a needle-like nylon loop with a large opening for threading dental floss. A floss threader is simply a larger version of the much-used loop threader.
To thread a needle using a floss threader, the user must thread the floss through the loop, insert the stiff tip of the threader into the eye of the needle, then pull the threader all the way out and the thread through the needle eye until the thread comes out.

To thread a needle using a dental floss threader, follow the steps given below:

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  2. Cut the thread to an appropriate length for hand sewing. 
  3. Insert the floss through the large loop at the end of the dental threader. You can make it easier for yourself by holding the yarn between the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand and pinching it to pull it through the loop. The floss is now passed through the loop of the floss threader. Make sure one end of the wire is longer than the other. You can then let go of the thread and focus on the stiff end of the threader. 
  4. Pinch the end of the stiff threader between the thumb and index finger of your dominant hand. The sharp, stiff end of the threader should barely extend past the end of your thumb and index finger. The shorter it is, the easier the needle will be to thread. 
  5. Bring the needle eye close to the stiff tip of the needle threader. Slowly turn the needle until the tip of the needle threader slips through the needle’s eye. Then continue to pull the threader through the eye until it releases the thread – Congratulations, you have just threaded a needle!

You may prefer to keep the needle on the pin pad when threading it this way. You can also cut across the stiff, straight tip of the floss threader with scissors to make it easier to pass through the needle eye. 

When I show blind people how to thread a needle this way for the first time, I use an embroidery needle to make threading more successful. Embroidery needles have an elongated eye, while pointed needles have a circular eye. It’s important to note that you can use a floss threader to thread a sewing machine needle, but it won’t go through very fine needles like those used to sew silk fabric. You can also use this method to attach hooks, lures, and swivels to a fishing rod. 



If you’re trying to thread a needle for embroidery and it’s not cooperating with your threader or your needle, make a loop out of thin thread and use the loop instead of a needle threader. Make the loop out of the same color of thread as the thick thread you want to go through the eye. Easy peasy.

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In either case, you can use a needle threader—a small tool used to help thread a needle with thread—to make sewing easier. Either purchase a needle threader or create one yourself by folding a piece of wire in half.

Fold the wire in half and hold the fold with pliers or clamp the wire in a vice or clamp, if necessary. Stretch the wire out until it comes into contact with both sides of the eyelet of your needle. Thread the looped end of the wire into your needle’s eyelet and pull it back through. The loop should now be inside your needle; you’re ready to sew!

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When you have to sew a thick thread, often it is difficult to get the needle through the eye of the eyelet.

 The solution consists in taking a toothbrush and place the thread on it. Then, press the eye of the needle on the place where it starts. The head will settle on the bristles of the toothbrush. And the bristles will push the thread into the eye of the needle.

This method is not for all people because you need to aim in order to touch the tip of the thread.

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Needle eye

Simple friction will help to cope with the task, like a magic trick. Put the thread in your palm. Place the needle in the middle of the thread so that the needle is perpendicular to the thread and the eye of the needle is located on the thread. Rub the eye of the needle on the thread for a few seconds, and it will thread itself into the needle.

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In order for the thread to enter the eye, it is necessary to cut the tip with a pair of scissors, slightly moisten its end and then gently insert it. If the thread is fluffy, it often delaminates into fibers that make it more difficult to insert. In this case, before inserting the thread into the eye, you need to rub it on a candle or soap. The thread will harden and become uniform; it will easily pass through a needle or syringe.

If a candle is not available, you can apply pressure to the thread with a dry towel or compress it between your palms. This should be done until there is no moisture left on the thread, which means that its surface is completely dry. Moisture makes soft cotton threads bend and kink while they are being inserted into the eye. So if you have high blood pressure in your hands or diabetes mellitus, you can use lubricating hand cream or even Vaseline before you start the procedure of instilling drops.

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Cut a thin strip of paper wide enough to fit into the embroidery eyelet. Fold the paper strip in half. Put the thread with the tip at the base of the fold of the paper and thread it into the eye. Or you can use a small piece of adhesive tape, from which the thread will definitely not run anywhere. Just glue the edge of the thread with it instead of paper and go.

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As you can see, there are many ways to cope with the task, despite poor eyesight and different thread thicknesses. Not knowing these methods, I always tried to cut off the end of the thread evenly, and not tear it off with my hands. So the fibers did not prevent me from threading the needle. In general, there are special needles with an eye in the form of a clothespin. From above, the eyelet is not solid, it helps to effortlessly thread the needle without straining the eyes. What method do you use?

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