Easy To Thread Sewing Machine Needles

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!

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  1. Amazon has these needles, Schmetz Self-Threading Machine Needles. They are not commonly carried in fabric/sewing stores, but you can check or ask of they can get them.

  2. I don’t know if there is an “easy to thread” sewing machine needle made specifically for Singer Featherweight Machines. If using the one machine needle available it would mean the latching in the threading grove would be at the back of the needle, not on the side. and I don’t know if that would be a mechanical problem. Schmetz needles are of high quality and in general can be used in Featherweight machines (no longer do you need to use singer needles).

    If you try it, I would love to know what you discover.

    This little tool might help you if you need assistance with threading your machine. http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Machine-Needle-Inserter-Threader/dp/B0054P8UGC/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_i

    Happy Sewing!

    PS I made contact with a Featherweight group, they recommend Schmetz needles and believe this needle should work.

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