Threading yourself into a project can often be a genuine challenge, especially when the thread is something like silk – nothing much more slippery than that. Fortunately, you can make use of a threading tool to simplify the process, and this can be constructed with ease using just a few materials. Indeed, even if you are not a seamstress, but have had experience attempting to thread needles with challenging materials, you understand the struggle.
Crafting Your Own Threading Tool? Here’s What You’ll Need!
-A Razor-Sharp Blade -A Strand of Thread
Begin by slicing down a sliver of cork. Aim to create a size that is just small enough to slip effortlessly over the eye of the needle, yet not too large so that it won’t pass through the needle’s eye when secured. Once the perfect shape is achieved, use your blade to carefully cut a slit within it.
After getting the needle ready, get a secure knot at the end of the thread and slide it through the gap in the cork- make sure the knot stays on the reverse side. You may need to give the cork a little shake to ease it into place.
Once you have your tool at the ready, bring the cork up to the light and use its slit to direct the needle’s eye. With gentle pressure, allow the thread to slide effortlessly through it. The cork is your friend, guiding the needle without fuss.
The light shimmies through the slits in the cork, and if you’re trying to thread it without success, then a needle threader can come to the rescue. Take the thread and guide it through the needle’s eye. Now, you must carefully pass the needle threader through as well- take care not to miss the eye! Once the needle threader is successfully within, slowly pull it back through with the thread in tow, thus easily connecting them. Voila! Now you’ll be ready to keep going in a jiffy.
Once that initial steep learning curve has been conquered and the fundamentals of threading understood, then how about flexing the creative muscles and crafting a unique version of the tool to make life a bit easier? The cork could be upsized to cope with thicker threads and yarns, or why not seek out something altogether different such as an appropriately-sized stiff cardboard or popsicle stick to get the job done?
After honing your skills, it won’t be long before you can sew like an expert seamstress!