How to thread a needle

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Threading a needle is one of the most frustrating sewing skills for many people, not just beginners but also folks who have been sewing for years but now find their eyesight is not what it used to be!  Not trusting one's ability to quickly and easily thread a needle can be a real barrier to starting an otherwise quick and easy sewing project, like mending your favourite garment. 

My favourite hack is to use a size 9 embroidery needle with a big eye. The shaft is still narrow enough for most everyday fabrics- and it is the best needle for sewing heavy fabrics like denim. 

When you  need to use a smaller needle- because its all you've got, or the fabric you're sewing is very fine or lightweight, then a needle threading tool is a real boon! 

When you  need to use a smaller needle- because its all you've got, or the fabric you're sewing is very fine or lightweight, then a needle threading tool is a real boon! 

Just remember, threading a needle gets easier with practice, but harder with age. It can often take a few frustrating attempts to get a needle threaded, especially if you are tired or hungry. When it happens, try to remember that you are not alone in this difficulty, and persistence will pay off. Completing a quick and easy mend, and getting your garment back into your useful wardrobe today is totally worth the needle-threading effort.