Several newsletter readers emailed to remind me (kindly) that I had forgotten two needle threading tricks in the last newsletter. Those of you who are now proud owners of new needle-threaders can skip down to the next section. But for everybody else:
Forgotten Trick #1: If the thread doesn't go through on the first try, turn the needle around and go at the eye from the other side. Needle holes are machine punched. One side may be microscopically smoother than the other. I use this trick frequently. Maybe my thread is extra sensitive. Or, maybe I just need a "do-over" to get the thread in. Obviously, this isn't something you can do with a sewing machine needle.
Forgotten Trick #2: Lick the needle instead of the thread. You can't use this tip on a sewing machine needle either. Truth be told, I purposely left this trick out. It never made sense to me. The argument is that licking the thread makes the thread swell, making it more difficult to pass through the eye. Licking the needle somehow attracts the thread. I never understood that and, possibly for that very reason, this trick never worked for me. But, hey, if it works for you, I'm all for it. Try it! Please note: you have to lick the part of the needle that has the eye. Licking the point of the needle won't help at all.