Saturday, July 3, 2010

A right way to thread a needle?

I had no idea there was a right way and a wrong way until somebody shared this secret at a guild meeting a while back.  The way you thread your needle really makes a difference.  Want to know the secret? 

Pull the thread out and cut it off at the length you want it.  Using the FRESHLY CUT END, thread the needle.  No more fraying! 

It has to do with the way the thread is wound.  When you use the freshly cut end, it doesn't pull the different strands apart.  Cool, eh?

I guess there is a trick for how you pull the thread off the spool so it doesn't twist again, but I haven't figured that one out yet. 


Nikki said...

Thank you for writing this down. I have had a little frustration with this doing my hexes lately. It'll help!

ScrappyStuff said...

i have heard it's because the thread, like fabric, the fiber has a "grain" ... and when you stitch 'against the grain' you will find you have more 'knotting up' and tangles!
Its true!

Jessica said...


So, funny thing... I meant to post this to my personal blog and thought I had. Opened up my blog to make sure it posted and it's not anywhere to be found. Ooops! Oh, well.... good information to share more than once I suppose!

Nikki said...

I'm glad you posted it here, although I read your blog all the time too!