Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

The first step of a beading project is almost always threading your needle and it’s often the most frustrating. I’ve almost given up on more than one project just because I couldn’t get the Fireline through the eye of my needle. Today’s tips will help get you off to a great start!

Seeing the eye of your needle is essential to guiding your thread through the hole. Try holding the eye of your needle in front of a bright, light-colored surface for the best visibility. When working on a bead weaving project at my desk, the cheery yellow wall or the Fusion Beads website on my computer monitor both make great backgrounds for threading!

If you find yourself constantly irritated when it comes to threading needles, there are tools that can help. Big eye needles are made by soldering 2 needles together at the tips. When you flex this type of needle the eye opens wide enough in the middle to use with yarn or ribbon.

If you are using beads that won’t allow a larger eye needle to pass through, you can always try a needle threader with regular beading needles. To use this handy tool, pass the wire loop of the threader through the eye of your needle. The loop makes a big, easy to see eye. Put the end of your thread through the wire loop and as you pull the loop out of the eye of the needle the thread comes with it!

For more tricks to get your needle threaded, check out this previous Tips and Tricks post!

Happy Beading! – Gretchen


3 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Nancy

    I have found luck with looking at the eye of the needle and bringing the thread in from the back, that way you don’t block the eyelet you are trying to fill

  • FusionBeads.com

    Thanks for sharing this tip with us Nancy!

  • Roz

    Now that you mention it, I remember my grandmother threading a needle that way! And now that I think about it, I have a vague recollection of my mom doing the same thing — but only when she was frustrated! I’ll definitely have to try it!

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