Unwind 18 to 24 inches of thread from the spool. (Any longer and it might tangle; any shorter and it’s hard to sew.) Cut at an angle with embroidery scissors and point the angled end through the needle. Having trouble? Wet the end with your tongue, then twist it. Or try a needle threader ($3.50 for three, amazon.com), which is a flat disk with a wire loop that guides the thread through.
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Tie a Sturdy Knot
For most tasks, a single strand of thread will do; pull just 6 inches through the needle and knot the longer side. For heavy-duty jobs, like buttons, pull the thread until the ends meet; knot together to form a double thread. The best knot for both uses the same protocol.
Loop the end (or ends) of the thread around your index finger. Hold overlapping threads in place with your thumb.
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Slide the tip of your index finger down the base of your thumb (the thread will twist) until the loop slips off your finger.
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Grasp the thread just before the loop with your index finger and thumb; pull the long end with your other hand to form a knot. Repeat until the knot is big enough not to slip through the fabric.
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