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The Ultimate Needle Threader Manual

This threader will work on all household sewing machines. As an added bonus, it not only is helpful as a needle threader, it also easily inserts the needle, too!

Parts of the Needle Threader

Let's discover this little tool together. This tool has 2 sides for 2 different tasks. One to attach a new needle on your sewing machine and one to insert the thread in a sewing machine needle.

Hold the shaft of the tool in one hand. On the needle threader edge, there is a part that you can push down. I will refer to it as 'the pusher'. The pusher has an Y-shaped cutout next to a little hook. The hook will help to grab the thread once it's through the needle eye. Now try to push this side down gently with your other hand until you see the ultra thin metal band appear from the center of the threader. Notice the tiny tip is concave. This little tip will grasp the thread and push it through the needle's eye.

Inserting a Needle

To insert the needle in the needle clamp of your machine, first place the needle in the hole on the end of the needle threader that has the inserter. For my machine, the flat end of the needle has to go into the clamp backwards, but some machines might require the needle to be inserted sideways, so that the eye of the needle is facing left. Either way, you can insert from the front or from the left side. Depending on how you are inserting the needle, and what your machine requires, you turn the flat end to the back or to the left.


Place the needle into the needle clamp shaft and raise the needle as high as you can. While the needle threader holds the needle in place, tighten the needle clamp as tight as you can by using the little screw on the right. Remove the needle threader tool and double check that the clamp is tightened well.

Before you start sewing, slowly turn the handwheel and move the needle up and down to make sure the needle doesn’t hit the needle plate. If this is the case, your needle likely isn’t inserted all the way into the shaft.

Threading a Sewing Machine Needle


a. Hold the needle threader with the pusher with the little white hook facing up.


b. Slip your thread strand horizontally into the Y groove of the pusher. The thread is perpendicular to the little triangles on the shaft.


c. Place the needle threader so that the needle is vertically into the shaft of the Y groove. One of the 2 triangles on the shaft is facing up.

d. Holding the thread fairly loosely, gently press the needle threader against the needle and slide the pusher down the shaft of the needle until the inner wire catches the eye of the needle. It is very important to do this VERY gently as you slide it down the needle searching for the eye.

Push the grip to insert the thread into the eye.

e. Slowly remove the pusher from the needle. If your thread tends to pull back through when you remove the threader, you can insert your seam ripper through the loop before pulling the threader back.

f. Insert the hook in the thread loop and pull the thread all the way through the needle.

Using the needle threader takes a very delicate touch at first. Practice a few times. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes simple.

Tips and Inspiration From our Blog

Wanna know more about threading needles?

Read An’s blog post about threading and find out how to thread a hand needle with minimal effort. HERE

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