Step 2: Threading the needle!

Basically, there are two ways to do this.

One thread or doubled thread. I learned doubled, and that's how I do everything now. Many people also sew using a single thread so I'll teach both ways!

You'll want to trim the end of the thread that will be put through the eye with very sharp scissors. This will give it a clean edge and help you ease it through the eye of the needle.

If you have problems with this, you can buy a needle threader. They can be quite useful for those with bad eyes or shaky hands. :)

Now you'll decide whether to do double or single threaded.

Single threaded: pull the thread through the eye so that the needle is a few inches from the end. You can then cut the length of thread that you like. You will knot the longer single thread however you like and begin sewing.

Make sure you're holding the shorter bit of thread close to the needle while sewing - otherwise, it will slip through the eye and you'll have to keep rethreading it!

Double threaded: pull the thread through the eye and double it up. The end that's threaded through the eye will meet up with the thread from the spool. This way you'll have two tail ends. You'll knot these together and then sew with the doubled up thread.

I find this way easier, but it's really up to you!

If you're confused about how to knot the thread, see below:
I find it is easiest to wind the end of the thread around one of my fingers so that it forms a loop. You can then slip that loop off your finger and pull the end through. I usually do this twice so I know the knot will stay!

The last pictures will show this process. :D

<p>Awesome instructable, thanks for this :) </p>
<p>I made it! (^_^) I made a pencilcase and a card holder which is kinda floppy because its made of fabric so... ya.</p>
<p>Thanks from a guy that took home-economics in the 70's. My brownies were not the best, but I learned to thread a sewing machine. Somehow the basics were skipped or rushed. @SolarSoda...Using the fingertip to cinch the knot is a practiced art. Intuitive and yet not! I learned from this tutorial to press lightly on the loop junction and pull steadily. And yes, double all the way! Single thread is for fine repair.</p>
Thanks for sharing the info; Jesus Christ Bless you! :)
<p>Hello! I would like to start sowing Sweaters and Shirts and such...can anyone help me! Thanks With Love in Christ, KD</p>
<p>Check out this tutorial for sewing with knits, it really helped me!</p><p>http://prudentbaby.com/2011/09/by-craft/how-to-sew-knit-fabrics-sewing-with-jersey-101-2/</p>
How did u make that sort of book thing but for sewing
<p>I have instructions for that here!</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-sew-a-needle-book/">http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-sew-a-needl...</a></p>
<p>Funny thing. The slip stitch was confusing me, but then I realized that my mom taught me the blanket stitch for hiding seams. Just do them on the wrong side, stitch, and turn inside out! It's how I made pillows and basic clothes for my stuffed animals(and a stuffed mole for International Mole Day for extra credit in Chemistry). I love the backstitch though, so thank you! I am feeling the urge to patch my jeans...</p>
I've been sewing for a long time and never thought to use beeswax.thanks for the tip;)
What drives me crazy is that I CANNOT get the knot up close to the fabric. No matter what I do. Any tips? And yes I've tried holding down the knot with my thumb/finger. It gets to a certain point and then it takes off in the opposite direction, slipping out from under my thumb/finger. It makes me want to do bad things with my needle. &gt;:-(
<p>Use your needle as the guide by placing it in the loop then pulling the thread tight. Your knot will be placed flush with the fabric every time.</p>
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I have wanted to learn how to sew for so very long, just to be self dependent (as opposed to mom or seamstress/ dressmaker dependent). Thank you! I don't know when I will start with this Instructible, but at least I know where to look now.
im confused... Do you knot the end after you've sewed what you need to sew? I'm trying to make a dinosaur hoodie...
Yep, whenever your seam or whatever else is done, you knot it. :D
I stabbed myself with a needle, so i gave up on the dino hoodie thing... but thanks for the help!
so im just 11 years old and want to learn how to sew really bad so im could MAKE MY OWN JACKET And impress my friends and is it more easy to use a sewing machine or by hand <br>
This is awesome.You've saved me hours of trying to get the stupid sewin-machine to work!Thanks alot!
Nice instructable. About 10 years ago I had sewing lessons at school and made some pillows, backpacks and I even recall a stuffed animal. I always did a lot of extra &quot;safety knots&quot; This brings back some memories.
thanks!!! this helped me a lot im making arm warmers out of some old jeans now!!! (yes im a boy, but im a scene kid and places never have what we are lookin for so we gotta make our own stuff sometimes :D)
Here's a hint from my gran (always good, those)&nbsp;for threading needles:&nbsp;If you can't get the end through the needle's eye (maybe it isn't cut sharp enough or has frayed from all the luckless tries before), make a very short loop with the end of the thread you want to put through the eye. Then insert the needle's eye-end into this loop and pull it towards the closed end of the loop, holding the thread ends firmly with your other hand. Pinch the closed loop-end (maybe even with wet fingers) around the needle's eye end. Most of the times, that end is a little flattened from stamping the eye in during the needle-making process. So, pinching the loop here sort of &quot;irons&quot; the thread into a somewhat flattened, but rather precise point, or V-shape. Now just use the tip of that V to thread the needle. I use this &quot;technique&quot; almost everytime I thread a needle. I hope I have described it understandably and usefully...<br />
&nbsp;That is such a good idea! I think I'll try that next time I'm sewing really late at night and getting frustrated. :D<br /> <br /> Do you mind if I copy and paste/give you credit in the main ible?<br />
Sorry I'm so late with my answer - I don't mind at all, go ahead by all means - Granny's tricks should be preserved!! :-)<br />
&nbsp;<em>Have you considered adding videos to your instructable? It would be really helpful. Nice instructable by the way :)</em>
&nbsp;After you posted this, I've been thinking about it!<br /> <br /> I'm going to try to add some once I graduate this month and move. :P<br />
&nbsp;Thank you so much!! I was really inspired to start doing all these projects, but I needed to know how to sew. This REALLY helped! :)&nbsp;<br />
&nbsp;Yay! I'm happy it did! :D
&nbsp;How does it feel to have the most popular page on the internet (according to google) for &quot;how to sew&quot;?
&nbsp;Preeeeeetty nice.&nbsp;<br /> Though I'm realizing I need to update this and make it much more awesome once this month is over. :)
I need to learn how to use a hand stitching Awl - for sewing leather.
I'm sending ALittleStranger a link to that needle holder, if that's ok.<br />
I decided that now that I am embroidering 10-15 hours a week, I really needed a nice needle book I can carry around with me. <br><a href="http://www.plusdeplace.fr/shop/fr/salle-de-bains/122-siege-de-douche-design.html" rel="nofollow">si&egrave;ge de douche</a> <br>
Anyone else having trouble downloading the pdf file?<br />
I found this very helpful for me to start learning to sew. (I'm a guy, just so ya know, though it really doesn't matter)
It matters to me. I'm a guy. Now I don't feel nearly as weird here as I did.<br />
I found this very useful, but the part about ending them was a little confusing.
Thank you so much for the intructions and pictures, it help a lot cause i'm a vision learner.
What about the decorative stitch that looks like "XXXXXXX" on one side?
That's a fun one! It is called cross-stitch. You make a bunch of crosses in one direction and go back and do a second stitch on on each to finish the &quot;X&quot;<br /> <br />
Great pictures! Thanks so much for the clear directions!
ah ha! so blanket stitch is what im going to use on my ipod cover ( was going to use super glue lol) ty
How did it turn out?<br />
I'd love to learn more about sewing with binding and piping.
How do you do inside outside stitch?
I'm not familiar with the name, and I tried googling it with no results. It might just be that I call it by something else? Do you have any pictures of it? :)
I think he means like sewing a patch in pants.
check Let's Sew Together-The European Way Instructional DVD <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.blitzcinema.com/sewing.html">http://www.blitzcinema.com/sewing.html</a> or contact me<br/>

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