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Old 10-16-2016, 05:00 PM   #1
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Sewing for old farts

Anyone have suggestions for threading the needle?

I used to be able to do it with ease.

Now it seems I need to use a needle with a larger size eye.

Oh well. Age has it's advantages and disadvantages.

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Old 10-16-2016, 05:04 PM   #2
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Sewing for old farts

They have those little tinfoil and wire threaders. Used to come with sewing kits in hotel rooms, and might still be found at fabric places and Walmart. I use the spit and twist method, though the needle eyes do seem to be getting smaller lately.

Maybe dip the end of the thread in a bottle of nail polish (which you probably don't have) or some varnish (which you probably do have). Not much, just enough to stiffen the end, squeeze off the excess and let dry. Then poke through the needle.

Beeswax or an old candle might also work. Drag a bit of the thread through it, then flatten it with your fingers and poke it through the needle.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:07 PM   #3
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Hey, Zagut. You want to look for self-threading needles. They have a little separation at the top, so you pull the thread down into the opening rather than trying to push the thread through. Here's an example: https://www.amazon.com/COLONIAL-Easy.../dp/B001DEJJV8
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They also make needles that you can pull the thread into the eye, not sure what they are called, but they do have them at Walmart.

On Edit: I see GG knows what I am talking about...
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:41 PM   #5
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Anyone have suggestions for threading the needle?
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Maybe a "roommate" with younger eyes?
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:58 PM   #6
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Maybe a "roommate" with younger eyes?
I like this suggestion best.

Perhaps they could even do the sewing for me?


Hey. We can dream now can't we.



I'll keep an eye out for those "self-threading needles."

Sounds like what my decrepit old eyes need.
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I had to go to a dollar store and buy stronger reading glasses so I can thread a needle. I've been hand sewing down quilts for camping use.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:25 PM   #8
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I had to go to a dollar store and buy stronger reading glasses so I can thread a needle. I've been hand sewing down quilts for camping use.
I think stronger glasses are the answer but those self threading needles look good even with stronger glasses.

Now can anyone tell me how to obtain them with the correct color thread?

And I'm really curious to watch them thread themselves.


The roommate with younger eyes and perhaps other younger parts still intrigues me.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:48 PM   #9
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Being part of the "seasoned" age group I can understand. Is your challenge that you are having difficulty seeing to thread the needle or is it a hands/fingers problem? I have serious arthritis in both my hands, particularly my fingers, and doing fine tasks are sometimes hard to accomplish.

I'm aware of the split needles that have been mentioned but I've never looked for them in a store.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:59 PM   #10
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It's both Katie H.

Glasses help but the tiny eye of the needle doesn't help at all.

The only thing that did the trick this last go round with sewing was a larger needle size.

I really need to look into the younger roommate aspect .

Anyone know someone who want's all I have to look out for an ahole and put up with my BS until I am no more?
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