How To Thread A Needle

Threading a needle either takes less than a second or seems like a never-ending process as the limp thread decides to have a mind of its own. Sometimes, a magnifying glass can help but that doesn’t really work in your favor if the tiny piece of thread is self-willed. 

To help you avoid frustration out of such a simple task, we are here with the most useful tips and tricks on how to thread a needle. If you follow any of these steps, you’re bound to be a pro in threading a needle in no time.

Supplies You Need To Thread a Needle 


Needles come in various sizes and all of them do the job of pushing a thread through a piece of fabric. Usually, a pack of needles has different sizes meant for threads with different thicknesses. The medium-sized needles, also known as Sharps are generally suitable for all types of threads but before you pick out one from the pack just eyeball the right size for your thread.


You can find threads in myriads of colors and materials but if you’re just new at this, get all-purpose threads that are made of polyester. The idea is to go for a color that matches the closest to the color of the fabric you’re working on. 

Sharp Scissors

To get precision on cutting the thread, you must use a pair of sharp scissors, because blunt scissors will only make the end of the thread blurred out. A fuzzy end will just make threading a needle more frustrating and time-consuming.


You can use tweezers to hold the thread in place. Look for the ones that are long and have a bent end which can be used to get a grip on the thread. 

Simple Tips On How To Thread a Needle 

1. Cut the Thread at an Angle 

Cutting the thread at an angle will prevent shredding. Therefore, it’s suggested to cut the thread at a 45-degree angle. If the thread is thicker, the cut should be more angled. The angled cut may not be visible to the naked eye, but it’ll make a whole lot of difference while threading a needle because the angle will create a sharper edge on the thread. 

2. Place Something White behind the Needle

Putting something white behind the needle will help you see it against a bright background, making it easier for you to thread the needle. This will work great for both a sewing machine needle and a hand-held sewing needle. You can use an index card behind the needle if you’re using a sewing machine, or you can place it on a plain surface when you’re threading a hand-held needle. 

3. Add a Drop of White-Out 

Sewing machines may have silver or white presser foot holder. If it’s silver, it’ll be harder for you to thread a needle since the silver needle will camouflage easily. So, you should dab a little white-out on the silver presser foot holder, right behind the needle. Make sure it is completely dry before you place any sewing fabric on it. 

4. Stiffen the Thread 

A limp piece of thread can be quite challenging to put through a needle. Therefore, you should stiffen the thread with saliva, water, or beeswax. This will help to control the direction of the thread as well. Beeswax should be used only if you’re threading a hand-held needle because it may ruin the sewing machine if you’re using it to thread a needle in it. Candlewax can be used in a pinch to harden the end of a thread especially if the thread is of poor quality. 

5. Go for a Needle Threader 

You can either purchase a needle threader separately or get it in a package of hand-held sewing needles. It’s designed with a loop wire which allows you to thread a needle even if the hole in the needle is extremely small. Look for these useful supplies in any fabric store. 

6. Use the Right Size Eye 

Using the right size thread is important so that you can prevent snapping, shredding, or damaging it while sewing. Of course, a thick thread is not ideal to be passed through a needle with a small eye. Therefore, if you’re doing for thick button and carpet thread, opt for a needle that has a large enough eye for the thread to pass through. In the case of fine bobbin thread, even the needles with the smallest eye will work fine.

7. Use a Built-In Needle Threader

 Sometimes, getting the thread through a needle can be troublesome even with the best lighting or by placing it against a bright background. That’s when you need a get a hold of a built-in needle threader. Based on your preference you can go for a push-button feature or a pull-down level that can be controlled. 

How to Use a Built-In Needle Threader

Check out this video for a visual guide on how to use a built-in needle threader to thread needles even with the smallest eye. 

8. Add a Droplet of Water to the Thread

A droplet of water can be used to manipulate the end of a thread. Put a droplet of water on the index finger of your left hand which you’ll use to hold the needle. Now, try to pass the thread through the eye of the needle, while placing your wet finger against the needle eye. The water droplet will act as a magnet and help to draw the thread through the needle eye.


Sometimes tasks as simple as threading a needle can be challenging and time-consuming therefore, it’s important to implement useful tricks. With that being said, we’re positive that any of the tips mentioned in this article will turn you into a professional at threading a needle!