The Easiest Way to Thread a Needle by Hand
In this post, I'll show you the best sewing hack I've ever discovered to help you easily thread a needle by hand. You don't need any special tools or extras—just your thread, needle, and hands. You'll learn how to thread a needle quickly and easily every time. This works for all kinds of hand sewing: mending, embroidery, bead weaving, needlework, etc. This post has a video tutorial as well as a step-by-step written tutorial with photos.
How to Easily Thread a Needle: Video Tutorial
Here’s a helpful video showing my favorite technique for easily threading a needle for hand sewing.
If the video above didn’t work for you, check out how to easily thread a needle my Youtube channel.
How to Easily Thread a Needle: Step-by-Step Tutorial
If you prefer a step-by-step tutorial with pictures and text, I’ve taken some screenshots from the video and added a description for each step. Some people prefer to watch a tutorial while others prefer to read the information, so I’m giving you options!
Here is the easiest way that I have found to thread a needle.
I started by trimming the end of my thread because it was a little bit frayed and that will make it difficult to get this technique to work.
You want a nice crisp edge on your thread to start with.
Now put the thread down between your pointer finger and your thumb so that there’s just a tiny little tail showing.
Then take your needle and put the eye right over that little tail.
It’s hard to see in this image, but when you’re doing this, you should be able to see that little thread tail through the eye of the needle.
Then just make a gentle pushing motion with your fingers while you hold the needle still. The thread pretty much has to go through the needle because there's nowhere else for it to go.
This is the easiest way that I have found to thread a needle. It works the vast majority of the time. It works well for hand sewing, embroidery, and needlepoint.
I used to do beadwork and bead embroidery, and you have to use really thin needles to go through all those narrow seed beads. I found that it was almost impossible to thread those needles, and that's how I picked up this tip—it was for threading those tiny beading needles. So if you do bead embroidery or regular embroidery or any hand sewing, this technique is great way to easily thread a needle.
Want More Sewing Projects?
Did you like the pincushion I used in this tutorial? You can make your own! I have a free pattern and tutorial for this floral pincushion on my blog.
And check out my Pinterest board with Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners: