|How to thread a traditional sewing needle
by Pam Turner
Search through that package of umpteen assorted sized needles you have had since high school to find the last needle with
an eye big enough you can see it.
Carefully cut the end of the thread at just the right angle to make it thin enough to go through the needle's eye.
After three tries, put a quarter in the swear jar and stick the end of the thread into your mouth. Twist the fraying ends with your
Explain to your three year old, that, no you are not "tasting" the thread and he should not eat thread either.
Stab the wet end of the limp thread again at the hole that seems to wiggle when you look at it
Pinch the end of the thread to form a sharp point and aim. Suck on it again. When that fails and you think you will try to suck
on the eye of the needle instead of the thread, decide otherwise because your child is still watching.
Dig through your sewing box again to find the needle threading tool you know you bought last year. Hand over the two dimes
and a nickel you find in the box to your son to add the swear jar.
Once you find the threading tool, unbend the wire. Aim the diamond shaped wire toward the hole you cannot see. When you
somehow get the threader into the eye, take the thread, now drooping from your son's mouth.
Explain to him that white thread does not taste any different than colored thread so he doesn't need to get you another color to
Put the soggy thread into the diamond shaped wire and pull the needle threader back out and, wonders of wonders, the
needle is threaded.
After a short celebration dance with your son, untwisting all the purple and green thread he has managed to wrap around his
tummy, you sit down to sew that button back onto your favorite shirt.
Glancing at the clock, you realize you are late for work and toss the shirt back into the bulging pile of clothing in need of
Put the now threaded needle through the top of the kitchen curtain where you hope you will remember you put it and you son
can't reach it. Toss the button back into the junk drawer .
Stuff a dollar bill into the swear jar then drop your child off at daycare. Explain to the daycare provider that his vocabulary skills
may have increased and that she might want to hide her sewing box.
Spiral Eye side threading needle: Not a needle, it's a solution. TM