How to Thread A Needle



The hand needle.  You know that long, thin silver thing with a hole in one end for that stringy stuff called….thread?  My daughter pulled this Teacher’s book, “Home And School Sewing” by Frances Patton published in 1901 for a girl’s school in Philadelphia from my collection and asked me what it was.  For one thing she was amazed that people actually mended clothing instead of throwing them out when they became torn or worn. 

After a cursory flip through the book with her, I then went back and looked more closely through the contents. I found this chapter on the basics of the needle and threading instructions.  Talk about breaking it down to the basics!  For your entertainment, here is how to thread a needle.  Of course if you are left handed, the opposite would be true.  There will be no test.





Don’t you love how they titled it, “The Needle Drill”?  I don’t think the word “drill” exactly whips up excitement and the urge to learn do you?  Despite the harsh terminology, I still find useful information and skills to be learned from these old books that we can’t find anymore in modern publications or classes.  They were taught, and learned, the skills to create beautiful workmanship which resulted in the beautiful things we treasure today and I think there is a lot to be said for that. 




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I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

2 thoughts on “How to Thread A Needle

  1. as usual you spaedk my interest . I read somewhwere that there is a right ( easy ) way to thread the needle . When they die cut the whole ,one side has ridges and the other doesn’t. It is easier to do the side with the ridge. It guides the thread into the hole better. If you are having troble threading (and can’t see if your using the side with the ridge , just turn your needle and try the opposite side : )

    also found this—History-and-Facts&id=1009010

  2. It is true Boop! There is one side of a needle that is MUCH easier to thread than the other. Isn’t it nice to know that it isn’t always due to advancing age? LOL

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