How To Thread a Needle

Although most of the sewing on a project is done by machine, some sewing techniques are best done by hand. These include basting, decorative stitching, tacking, and hemming. Following are some tips for successful hand sewing:

Select sharps or crewel eye needles for your hand sewing.

1. Cut your thread about 20 inches long with scissors; do not break or bite it. Cut it at an angle. This will make the thread sharper and easier to insert in the needle eye.

2. Hold the needle in your left hand and the thread in your right hand. If you brace one hand against the other, it will help you keep the needle steady. If you are left handed, reverse the procedure.

3. Put the end of the thread that was cut (from a spool) into the needle. Make a knot in the same end.