Monday, February 7, 2011

Antiquated or Adequate?


This style of needle threader has been around forever (at least in my memory, as I remember using this type when I was in 4-H in the 60s). They invariably come apart like the one pictured. Yes, I've owned and used other kinds of threaders, but this one works well until the wire pulls out. I suppose it's possible to repair, but I never bother because they are inexpensive -- 3 for $ .97. If cost for this tool were higher, I would be grumbling or at least trying lengthen its usefulness.

As luck would have it, the wire pulled out when I attempted to coax a metallic thread for this project through the eye of the needle. I can't really blame the threader because the thread is heavier than normal.

Do you still use this kind of threader, or have you had success with something else?

11 comments:

  1. I can't recommend anything, because I don't use a threader, except the built in one on my sewing machine.

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  2. Yep, same thing and same problem:) Now if we were really smart we would come up with an invention of something much better:)

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  3. Yep same one, and yep, you keep buying them.

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  4. When I see them in the store, I usually buy all they have on the rack. Each sewing box must have several in it. I keep looking for something that will last longer but so far have not found it.

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  5. I still use them. Sometimes old tech is the best tech.

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  6. if eye of the needle is big enough--a folded piece of paper. I don't need the threader--yet. I have several for "just in case". That time's coming.

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  7. I know those! I dont use them Nancy. I use a torn piece of paper that i fold into a tiny box and it works great.....

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  8. That's the only kind of threader that I have tried. Fortunately I don't sew much so the ones I have have lasted a very long time :)

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  9. Sure shootin' I do...in fact I still have a couple of 'em in my sewin' cabinet right now. Glory to goodness, I can't tell ya how old they are. I think I had one of 'em in my freshman Home Ec. class in high school. I graduated in 1970....ooops...did I type that outloud! Heeehehehe~~~

    God bless ya and have a terrific day sweetie!!!

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  10. Still use it! I remember my mother having them, & I was born in 1953. Mine usually come free in a package of needles.

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  11. I can get along without 'em, though I'd like to see how you use a folded paper box instead.

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