How to Thread a Needle One-Handed

You know those mistakes you make over and over and over? One of my biggies is with hand-sewing. I’ll get everything laid out, with my fingers carefully positioned to start, and then realize that I’ve forgotten to thread the gosh-darned needle. I’m not even kidding! This has to be the most basic thing in the universe, and I’m completely resistant to learning it. That’s why I know how to thread a needle with one hand….

required objects for the job

You will need: one hand, a needle, and some thread.

securing the needle

Stick the needle in to something, so that you can see clearly through the eye.

positioning the thread

Grasp the thread about 1/2" from the end, and position it behind the eye of the needle.

needle threaded

Push the thread through the eye, then let go of it. (The hardest thing here is letting go of the thread without pulling it back out of the needle....)

pulling thread through

Grasp the thread from the front, and pull more of it through the needle.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…. “Push the needle into your nice, padded work top. Duh! Because I totally have a nice, padded work top.” Right. This is what it normally looks like when I do it:

using clothing to hold needle

Push needle into a handy bit of clothing, ideally without stabbing yourself. Thank goodness for layering!

clear access to needle

This trick will only work if you have clear access to both sides of the eye of the needle, so pick your needle-sticking-spot accordingly.

needle threaded

Thread needle, as you do....

This is really a lot easier that you’d think. The hardest part really is letting go of the thread without pulling it back out of the needle. I’m actually doing this demo with my (slightly) off paw, because I can’t sort out how to use a camera left handed. (It’s goofy, I know. I can thread a needle or sew lefty, but I can’t hold a little box and push a button. I cannot explain…)

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