I’ve been working on a few projects – one of them features Sashiko stitching. While getting the supplies for it, I’ve noticed that there are some helpful items out there that make the whole process of hand sewing even better.
Why struggle with needle threading when you don’t have to?
What type of stitch are you sewing? What’s the best thread for that?
Here is what I have found. Hope you find it helpful!
Hand sewing can be a relaxing and enjoyable, but threading a needle can be frustrating and time-consuming. It’s a fun way to mix up always sitting at the machine. Gives your mind and your hands a little something extra to do that’s different from your sewing machine.
A needle threader can make the process much easier and quicker, but with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose.
This is something that I struggle using on a regular basis. I think, no – my eyes are just fine! I’ll get it quick.
That’s not always the case… and I need to be better about digging through the drawer and finding the threader.
This is something that I struggle using on a regular basis. I think, no – my eyes are just fine! I’ll get it quick. So this is sooo helpful in removing eye strain.
I don’t have any current favorites, I’ve tried a few.
Another thing to consider besides the needle size is the eye of the needle as well. Some needles feature small eyes, bigger eyes, long eyes, sharp point, easy threading, blunt point or blunt tip, large hole. Maybe it’s a fine needle, or beading needles. There are thicker needles for thick threads – more like embroidery needles.
Finding the right needle is just as important for the sewing project.
Before you jump the gun and go pick up the latest and greatest notion – double check on what it works with. Make sure it works for different types of needles, long needles, tiny needles, short or small needles, tapestry needles – if you sew that, general sewing needles,
Just like a needle or thread, the needle threader comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are only needle threader, others may have a built-in thread cutter for snipping the thread as well, or have a needle holder. These are perfect for any experienced sewer.
The idea on how the needle threader tool works – place your needle in the needle holder, then insert the thread end and the wire loop goes through the hole and grabs the thread, pulling it back into the needle eye and threading the needle. It’s quite fun to watch actually! You do have to make sure the needle is positioned correctly, or the wire won’t be able to snag the thread. They are also manual needle threaders – meaning you are the one pushing the button to get the mechanism to work and go.
Here are some of the best needle threaders for hand sewing:
- Clover Desk Needle Threader – This is a popular needle threader that can be used for both hand and machine sewing. It features a sturdy base that holds the needle in place while you thread it, making the process quick and easy.
- Dritz Needle Threader – This is another popular needle threader that is easy to use and works well for hand sewing. It features a small hook that catches the thread and pulls it through the eye of the needle.
- Bohin Easy Needle Threader – This needle threader is designed specifically for hand sewing needles and features a small hook that easily catches the thread and pulls it through the eye of the needle.
- Singer Sewing Machine Needle Threader – This is a handy tool for both hand and machine sewing. It works by guiding the thread through the eye of the needle with a small hook.
No matter which needle threader you choose, it can make hand sewing much easier and less frustrating.
With the right tool, you can spend less time struggling to thread your needle and more time enjoying your sewing projects. Sweet! This is what we all want!
Best Thread for Hand Sewing
Choosing the right thread for your hand sewing projects is important to ensure that your work looks neat, lasts long, and is easy to sew.
Here are some of the best types of thread for hand sewing:
- Cotton thread – This is the most commonly used thread for hand sewing, as it is strong, durable, and easy to work with. It is also available in a wide range of colors, making it easy to find a match for your fabric.
- Silk thread – This thread is very fine and strong, making it ideal for delicate fabrics and fine embroidery work. It has a lustrous sheen that adds a beautiful finish to your work. I haven’t tried this thread – but I do see it in some crazy quilts and embroidery pieces. It definitely makes the piece special!
- Polyester thread – This is a strong and durable thread that is ideal for heavier fabrics and projects that require extra strength. It is also resistant to UV light, which makes it a good choice for outdoor projects.
- Nylon thread – This is another strong and durable thread that is often used for heavy-duty projects like upholstery and leatherwork. It is also resistant to water and mildew, making it a good choice for outdoor projects.
A few Additional Notes:
When choosing thread for your hand sewing projects, it is important to consider the type of fabric you will be working with, as well as the strength and durability required for your project.
By choosing the right thread, you can ensure that your hand sewing projects are strong, durable, and look beautiful. No one wants to put time and effort into a project to have it fall apart.
I’ve also known of some quilts where the thread lasted longer than the fabric, so that happens too!
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