Difficulty Threading Beading Needles
by Sue M.
(Virginia Beach, VA)
I love making the Mill Hill Buttoned and Beaded pictures and have lost count of how many I have made for myself and others. However, in the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to thread the beading needle included in the kit for attaching the petite beads. The only needle threaders I have found that will fit through the tiny needle eye are the cheap metal ones and they are so poorly made that it usually takes 2 or 3 tries to get the thread through without breaking the threader (wire pulls out) or bending the needle. My aging eyes no longer allow me to visually thread most needles let alone ones as tiny as beading needles.
I am going to try your tip about doing the last part of the stitch with a regular needle and then manually putting the thread through the bead but I'm not sure that will work very well with petite beads.
Any tips for overcoming this problem will be greatly appreciated. I hate the thought of having to give up making beaded pictures.