How to Thread a Needle by Hand

The first step in any sewing project is threading a needle. Here's how to do it—no headaches involved.

You will need

  • A needle
  • Some thread
  • Scissors
  • Water or saliva
  • Beeswax

Step 1 Choose your thread Choose appropriate thread for your project. The thread should match both the fiber content and color of your fabric.

Step 2 Choose your needle Choose the right needle. The eye should be large enough to insert the thread, but not so large as to damage the fabric.

Step 3 Cut the thread With sharp scissors, cut an appropriate length of thread at a 45-degree angle. This will give you a clean cut, making it easier to pass the thread through the eye of your needle.

Step 4 Hold needle and thread Hold the needle between your thumb and index finger while holding the thread in your other hand.

Step 5 Pass thread through eye Hold the needle steady and pass the thread slowly through the eye.

Step 6 Leave a tail Once the thread is through the eye, pull it down to create a tail about four inches long. This end will remain unknotted.

Step 7 Wrap thread around index finger With your thumb and index finger, grab the other end of the thread. Loosely wrap the thread around your index finger a couple of times and hold in place with your thumb.

Step 8 Twist threads together Twist the threads together by sliding your index finger along the length of your thumb. Keep this motion up until the loop of thread slides off the end of your index finger.

Step 9 Knot the end Grab the loops with two fingers and pull down. You just formed the perfect knot. And now you’re ready to sew like a pro.