Threading the Needle – Having Some Difficulty?

The ability to sew and repair minor tears on clothing (or anything made of cloth) is a really great skill to have. Sometimes, you might be more flexible than what your pants can tolerate when you move. A tear will happen. You might need to carry more things that what your bag might be able to handle. A tear will happen there as well. By being able to sew (even if not good at it), torn belongings can become reusable again!

So you bring out your sewing kit. But now the hard part comes: Threading the needle! If you have 20/20 vision, this will be no problem. However, if your vision isn’t as great as it used to be, this can be frustrating. Or perhaps you do not have the steadiest of hands. Regardless of the situation, it can be difficult to thread the needle for even an experienced seamstress/quilter.

How One May Thread the Needle

For the typical person, one will usually just grab the thread and try to string it through the eye of the needle. Sometimes, you will get lucky and get it the first time. For the vast majority of people, it will take several attempts.

Preferably, the thread will be clean which will easily slip through. However, you may also experience times when the end of the thread will be “puffy” with all these mini filaments sticking out. (Similar to a hair with split ends). This prevents it from easily fitting through the eye of the needle.

As a result, one may try to wet the end of the thread to make it more fine and pointy. One can also just snip off that “puffy” end to create a more clean end.

Still, even with ideal situations, it can still be tough to thread the needle.

Another Method for Threading the Needle

If you do not like that traditional threading method, here is another method you can try.

Basically, rest the thread on a tougher section of your hand (preferable the bony areas). Next, grab a needle with the eye-opening facing upwards and place it perpendicular to the thread. Lastly, move the eye-opening of the needle on top of the thread on your hand back and forth, parallel to the thread.

Before you know it, the thread will start inching its way through the eye of the needle. Once it makes enough way through the needle, just pull the string to the desired length. This is quite an amazing phenomenon to watch!

Here is a video on what that process looks like!

What is Happening?

When you move the eye of the needle on top of the thread, you are using the walls of your hand to help push the thread (millimeters at a time) through. It is similar to picking up a small object with one finger. Your finger will push and push but it won’t necessarily pick up the object. That is…until you encounter a wall.

The wall will help hold the object in place and allow you to push the object up against the wall ultimately letting you pick it up. Not the best analogy but it works for now.

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If you never considered sewing before and want to try this method, you can get yourself a small sewing kit here.


This method will take some practice at first before it becomes easier than the typical method. Find your preferred angles when moving the needle back and forth on the thread. A slightly angled needle seems to work well. Also, find the preferable spot on your hand to place the thread

When attempting this method, be sure to select a needle with an eye that is big enough for 2 to 3 threads. This method would not work as well for needles with a very small eye, or just barely enough space for one thread.


Sewing can be fun especially when you see something that was once torn become reusable again. If you don’t have a mini sewing kit, be sure to get yourself one!

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4 thoughts on “Threading the Needle – Having Some Difficulty?”

  1. Thanks for this article!

    I know quite a few people who may find this super useful! At least when they learn they won’t keep asking me! Lol! I really like some of these methods, they quite clever, I think I should try them out just for fun even. I usually hold the needle in one hand and then put the thread through the loop with the other. It is quite easy that way but of course if your vision isn’t that good then these methods are definitely great!

    • Hello Sariyah! Glad that I am not alone, my parents and relatives tend to need someone with better vision to thread the needle for them whenever they feel like sewing. When I get the chance I will definitely be showing some of them this technique (at least the ones I haven’t shown to yet). Sometimes I will just go back to the regular way just for the challenge.

  2. Oh wow, I sew quite often when I was younger (still not the best at it though), but even though I have been doing it for 20+ years, I have never known about this technique! I tried it a couple times while reading this and it really does work! It’s so amazing! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Hello there Sally! That’s really great that you have quite some experience with sewing. I always like to keep the mindset of “lifelong learning”. Just when you think you have seen it all, there is always something new that seems to pop up regarding that topic. It is from these experiences that I realized that one can’t learn everything there is that is out there, but one can keep on learning and growing their pool of knowledge. Glad that you were able to learn something new from my article!


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