When beginning hand quilting each night, I thread 5 needles with my thread right away. I put them through my "Thread Heaven" and put them in a pin
cushion beside me. Then when I'm done with one length, I can just put it
down and pick up another threaded needle. Then when all 5 are done, I thread the 5 again and continue. I usually go through 2 sets of needles each night I quilt.
Great tip. I will also do this when I am hand quilting, it was something I learned from my grandmotther who does her quilting by hand.
That's a great tip. As the night wears on, I am having difficulty seeing where to put the thread. Thanks a lot. Ginny
thanks for the tip! I usually use 2 needles. 5 is a good number!
Wow, I forget who suggested threading 5 needles but, Boy does that make things go faster. I was skeptical at first. Now I'm a believer. ....Ginny
Thanks, Kim. This sounds really efficient. I'll try it next time I hand quilt.
that is a great tip - I usually thread the needles all together and just pull the thread through the needle I want - if that makes any sense... I do this for my embroidery too - like right now I have the needles ready to go for the embroidered quilt I am working on - by the night time I can't see to thread them at all and my hands do not like to work - so early in the day I do this.
That is what made it easier for me. I have difficulty threading the needles after morning, it seems there is just not enough light for me to see the needle eye later in the day.....ginny
Ginny - you said it - I found last week working at the store with the new lights what I was missing at home - we have a chandelier in the front living room and it only takes 60 watt bulbs - oh those lights at the shop were awesome... My eyes really get tired by the end of the day - just like the rest of me - but then - a new day starts with a new spoon to use!
Ginny, I use one of those plastic needle threaders. It works like a charm. Without it, I could never thread a needle. They are not terribly expensive and are well made. I have used mine for over 3 years and it is just like the day I bought it. Oh, got it a JoAnns.
I have one of the little wire ones that my grandmother bought at JL Hudsons. It still has the price tag dangling from it. It was 5 cents when she bought it. I don't like to use it much though. It seems so fragile. I liked the idea of threading a number of needles when you first start. Just seems to go so quickly ....Ginny