Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 21, 2010

From a young mother: “I don’t sew at all. I want the girls to learn to sew and they’re anxious to learn. I’m so proud of them I could bust — they are really trying,” adding “they’ve begun with hand embroidery work, that embroidery thread is just impossible. To thread through the needle one strand is not so bad, but two or three — I don’t want them to get discouraged and quit. We decided to go to a good source and ask you.”

I’m so glad you did, and thanks. The answer is so simple. Just lay all of your projects aside until you can make a trip to a good notions center.

More than likely you will have to go to a fabric shop to find such. They will have walls full of all sorts of gadgets and helps for “learning to sew” and the sales clerk will be so happy to help you.

Find one called a needle threader. It has a tiny little wire loop coming to a point and you just push that point through the needle’s eye. It will spread and open up. As it comes out of the eye of the needle, slide your thread into and through that loop and then pull the loop back through the needle’s eye.

While you are there, also check out their embroidery needles. There will be packages of them with all sizes of needles for all sizes of thread. The eye will be long and narrow.

Another thing to remember about needles, this goes for all needles: If the thread is hard to get into the eye of the needle sometimes just turning the needle over and trying the other side of the eye does the trick. It may be smoother and more open. It just happens in the manufacturing of them.

Bye for now and God bless.

— Aunt Norie, PO Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086; auntnorie@att.net

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