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can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?

sewingj

can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:04:37 AM »
My own sewing machine has a needle threader and I`d be lost without it.  A friend was recently complaining that she is finding it harder and harder to thread her sewing machine needles and I wondered if there is a gadget which would help her.
I have already got something similiar to this:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0739WMY5J/ref=psdc_3063881031_t1_B00K0EKY9S

and I couldn`t make it work at all!

Ellabella

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 09:47:06 AM »
I’ve got the one pictured @sewingj and couldn’t get on with it at all, until I saw a video somewhere of the correct method and now use it all the time.

The trick is to press it against the needle well above the eye and slide it gently down. When you reach the eye the little metal blade pushes the thread through the eye and bobs your uncle.

Hope this helps.

Marniesews

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 12:13:10 PM »
Yes, I have that one and used to use it a lot but my eyes seem to have improved, with regards to threading anyway, and I find myself having just threading it manually without thinking these days.

The first one I bought spme years ago was branded as Janome at cost me a staggering £14 on a sewing course but I've bought more on ebay, some less than £2, which look and perform identically. The only issue I had with it was on my coverstitch where it didn't push the needle high enough into the machine. I just filed down the holder on the threader to less than half the original size and it works fine with that too now.
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KayK

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 13:09:52 PM »
I sometimes use one of those seriously cheap and basic one for threading hand needles - work a treat for pennies!  I have even been known to twist two ends of piece of thing fuse wire together to make a loop!
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Rhapso

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2020, 20:23:13 PM »
I have a box full of assorted needle threading aids in every shape and size, but none of which work for me. Neither can I use the automatic threaders on my overlocker or coverstitch machine.

But not all is lost, because I find that a strong light close by, eg an LED, a nice clean cut at the end of the thread and a bright white sliver of paper to hold behind the eye of the needle does the job. I am right handed but I thread a needle better with my left hand, would you believe. With my OT hat on I think the skill may have to do with muscle memory.

Kwaaked

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2020, 09:09:54 AM »
I use the cheap silver ones with heads.  I can get 100 under $2, and buy several packs at a time, usually when I place an order on Ali Express because I do go through a lot of them.  They also have plastic handled ones for a little more.

While they don't last forever, they're cheap enough that I can have some at every machine and in my hand kit(s).


So Chic

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 15:40:15 PM »
My machine has a needle threader but I wish there was one on my overlocker and coverstitch machines.
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Surest1tch

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2020, 15:40:23 PM »
I've forgotten how many needle threaders I've tried and not been able to get on with. I do have cataracts forming and have to wear glasses when I'm sewing/reading etc but even with the glasses I still struggle to see the eye. In the end I've had to buy a magnifying glass that hooks round your neck to leave your hands free but some days I still struggle  :S

Lilian

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2020, 22:03:36 PM »
My own sewing machine has a needle threader and I`d be lost without it.  A friend was recently complaining that she is finding it harder and harder to thread her sewing machine needles and I wondered if there is a gadget which would help her.
I have already got something similiar to this:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0739WMY5J/ref=psdc_3063881031_t1_B00K0EKY9S

and I couldn`t make it work at all!

I also use these and can thread a needle almost without looking  :)
Willing but not always able :)

Sara-S

Re: can anyone recommend a sewing machine needle threader?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2020, 13:55:06 PM »
I have that type of threader with my little Janome. It works as well as anything, though it tends to take me a couple of tries to get a needle threaded.  My other 2 machines have automatic threaders. At this point, I wouldn’t buy a machine without one.
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