Needle threaders are a important sewing tool. They help for easy threading of your sewing needle I can sometimes thread my needle without using a needle threader. But, when you’re using small needles with small eyes you may need to use a needle threader. Some needles have a large eye so you may not need a needle threader. Needle types like tapestry needles have bigger eyes, cross stitch needles and embroidery needles. Cross stitch needles also have a more blunt point.
Needle threaders also help prevent eye strain. And there are different needle sizes for different projects. Most seamstresses have there favorite needles.
You have tiny needles for more delicate stitches, these smaller needles are for a more experienced sewer. And beading needles is a fine needle so the needles can slide through the beads. There’s also a straw needle that’s also called a milliner needle. That’s a couple of the small needles.
You also have bigger needles like yarn needles, these are for weaving the in ends of your finished knitting or crocheting projects. There is also quilting needles and many more needle types. With all these different needles you’re sure to find the right needle for your sewing project.
You can also use a needle threader for a sewing machine needle. But, some sewing machines have a automatic needle threader like my brother sewing machine, so that makes for easier threading the machine needles. They can be kind of tricky when you first start using the automatic needle threader. But, with a little bit of practice you can get where you can thread your sewing machine needle with the sewing thread faster. Some sewing machines also have a built-in thread cutter. And sewing machine needles have the eye right above the sharp point of the needle. While hand sewing needles have the needle eye on the other end of the needle.
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More about sewing supplies
Here are some more supplies a avid sewer might have for general sewing, and sometimes a little thing will save you a lot of time.
There are also things called needle minders. A needle minder is something that is magnetic that hold your needle so you don’t lose it. You can use them for a lot of different needle arts. They’re probably most commonly used for a needle holder in cross stitch. You just place them on your fabric. And when you take a break you sit your needle on it and because it’s magnetic it holds the needle there.
Also, when you’re hand sewing you need a thimble. There are all kinds of different thimbles. There are thimble pads, open side thimbles, ring thimbles and of course traditional thimbles. And I think there are also more types of thimbles out there. I have a traditional thimble, but I’m not super crazy about it because my nails are usually longer than my finger tips so it feels awkward, and it also doesn’t like to stay on my finger. So, I’m thinking about buying a ring thimble or thimble pads. But, the kind of thimble you use is totally up to you. It all boils down to preference.
OK, I’ve told you about the different kinds of thimbles, but what is a thimble for? A thimble is used to help you push the needle through the fabric. I use a lot of cotton fabric and cotton fabric isn’t a thick fabric. But, if you gather or fold the fabric that makes it harder to push the needle through the fabric. And pushing the needle without a thimble hurts your fingers.
You’ll also need a small measuring tape. I got the one I use in a sewing kit. A tape measure is good for measuring the length of thread, fabric length or for taking your measurements.
And I like to have a pair of small scissors next to me. Small scissors are great for snipping threads and cutting around sharp corners. And you may also need a seam ripper. A seam ripper is used to take out messed up seams or stitching that went wonky. Etsy has a lot of custom made seam rippers, that’s actually where I bought my seam ripper from.
You will also need a good needle for sewing, because you can’t sew anything without a sewing needle. And you may have to change your needle after you have used it awhile. Because a well used needle will get dull and have a blunt tip. When a needle get dull it makes it harder to push through the fabric.
How to use a needle threader
Take your favorite hand-held sewing needle and needle threader. Push that little wire loop or hook through the eye of the needle and place the end of the thread or your strands of floss through that little wire loop or on the hook. And pull the ring of wire back out of the needle’ eye. Now you have a threaded needle. See it doesn’t take much time to thread a needle.
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There are different types of needle threaders. But, the kind of needle threader you use is up to you. Below are a couple of different needle threaders, so you can pick the best needle threader for you .
30 Pieces Gourd-Shaped Needle Threaders
I love that these needle threaders come different colors. I also like that this comes in a 30-pack. So, if you break a couple you will still have plenty left. And the gourd shapes make for great finger grips.
Flower Shaped Needle Threaders
Here is another 30 piece needle threader set. I love flowers so I thought that these flower needle threaders are super cute. And these flowers come in a couple different colors.
Dritz Hummingbird Needle Threaders
These needle threaders are so adorable. This needle threader actually isn’t a steel wire loop, it’s a little hook that you push through the eye of a needle and hook the strand of thread on it.
Cat Needle Threader
I love looking on Etsy at all the unique stuff. And I think these cat needle threaders are beautiful. Because they’re hand made they are more expensive than the cheaper ones on Amazon, but they’re totally worth it. This one is also a wire threader.
Ladybug Needle Threaders
Who doesn’t love ladybugs. These are gorgeous needle threaders.
Lab Needle Threader
I just had to add this lab needle threader in this post. I love dogs and my brother actually has a black lab named Daisy.
Be sure to look on Etsy for more beautiful custom needle threaders. I think I’ve found some new needle threaders I may buy in the future. You can find needle threaders in bulk cheaper on Amazon if you prefer. But, for a little extra cost you can get gorgeous custom made needle threaders on Etsy.
And I just put a few of the different needle threaders you can find in this post. You really could look for hours at all the different kinds of threaders. And that also goes for different sewing supplies. Because, I personally can look at all the different fabrics for long time.
Speaking of fabric, I recently bought some buckram fabric. For those of you out there that don’t know what buckram is. It’s a very stiff material, generally used for making hats. Like vintage pillbox hats and bonnets, it helps helps keep the brim of the bonnet stiff. I bought the fabric for making a 18 Inch doll bonnet, I found the pattern I’m going to use on Etsy. I love this seller’s patterns, I love that they’re all historical. For the bonnet I also got some darker red cotton fabric, and I’m thinking about some red Christmas berries to decorate the side of the bonnet. And making it a pretty Christmas bonnet. But, I’m really not sure what I’ll decorate it with. Or, what outfit I’ll make to go with the bonnet.
And below in the more sewing post section. I linked the post I did with tips on how to start sewing your own doll clothes.
More sewing posts
- The Best Thread to Buy for a Brother Sewing Machine
- Tips and Tricks for Sewing Doll Clothes for Beginners
- How to Change a Sewing Machine Needle like a Pro
- How to Thread a Sewing Machine
- How to Wind a Bobbin
And I’m always adding new posts on my blog. So, be sure to check back on my blog.