How to Prep a Needle for Hand Sewing

The one thing you need to do before getting started with hand sewing? Threading your needle and knotting the end of the thread! The threading part is pretty simple and self-explanatory. The knotting part, knot so much (ha! see what I did there?).

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There are many ways to knot the end of your thread, but I personally find this way to be the easiest. So let's get right into it!

Cut a piece of thread the length from your shoulder to wrist (about 24”). Take the tip of your thread and insert it into the eye of the needle. 

threading a needleNext, we’ll make a knot in our thread.

Hold the long thread tail and the eye of the needle between your index finger and thumb, with the tip of the needle pointing in the same direction as your finger and the thread tail going the opposite way.

how to thread a needleWith your other hand, wind the thread around the needle 4-5 times. Make sure you keep the wound thread tight, but loose enough so you can slide it down the needle.

knotting thread for hand sewingKeeping a hold on the eye of the needle, pull the wound thread and top of the thread tail down the needle so you can hold the wound thread between your index finger and thumb. While holding the wound thread, carefully pull the needle through and the thread will follow.

knotting thread for hand sewing

threading a needle for hand sewing

When you are almost at the end of the thread, let go of the wound part and pull on the tail of the thread. Pull until your knot is tight.

how to knot thread for hand sewing

threaded needle

Now you’re ready to sew!



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