Helping us sew
As a sewing instructor I have a large spectrum of ages and abilities of sewing students. There are sewing aids to help with some of the basic physical problems for sewing machine users.
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This type of needle is great for:
- Low vision sewers
- Hands that have limited mobility or feeling
- Sewers without machine with built in needle threaders
Schmetz makes a sewing machine needle to assist with threading a machine needle. The needle is “universal” in function, and comes 5 to a pack and in two sizes: 12/80 and 14/90.
Here is how this needle is threaded. Instead of passing the sewing thread through the eye of needle from front to back, which is like attempting to hit a bull’s eye on a tiny target, this needle has a small opening/slit on the right side of the needle. The sewer can simply pull the thread down the side of the needle and it will snap into the eye of the needle.
When using this needle be aware the thread can come out of the same opening. When completing a seam never pull the fabric to the RIGHT to cut the thread, it will UNthread. ALWAYS pull the thread to the LEFT and BACK before cutting. Once this habit is learned this needle is wonderful sewing assist!