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Old 08-05-2010, 04:29 PM   #1
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Have you been using to thread TCP linen thread and divine twine? The needles I have will not fit the thread or twine through the needle eye. The needle that fit the linen/twine would then not fit through a regular button. Any brand name suggestions along where to find them is most appreciated!

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Hi Linda,
I've been using a BIG embroidery needle. I took a picture a while back, thinking I'll use this as one of my SUSIE Q-TIPS, but haven't done it yet! It doesn't work well with tiny paper flowers, as the needle is just too large and it will make the hole in them too big and tear it. Also kind of tricky making sure the button holes aren't too small. Don't really know what brand of needle it is (singer?), but i'm sure you could find them at Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, or any sewing/crafty store. I'd say this needle is about 4 inches long and has a big "eye" to thread that twine through. Makes life a lot easier.
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I'm a little lazier than Susan. I make a needle. I put a dab of white glue on my finger and run it over a 2" section at the end of a 10-12 " length of twine, squeezing it to compact the fibers. You don't need much. Then I let it dry hard and it becomes the needle. It will go through the smallest flower hole.

After I put the twine through the hole, I pull it through leaving .75" at the end, tie off and trim. Then it's good to go for a couple more buttons.
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I'm a little lazier than Susan. I make a needle. I put a dab of white glue on my finger and run it over a 2" section at the end of a 10-12 " length of twine, squeezing it to compact the fibers. You don't need much. Then I let it dry hard and it becomes the needle. It will go through the smallest flower hole.

After I put the twine through the hole, I pull it through leaving .75" at the end, tie off and trim. Then it's good to go for a couple more buttons.
Ooooh, great trick!

I use a needle threader with the linen thread (don't have any divine twine yet). It's one of these jobbies:


Except I don't put it through a needle, I put it through the hole on the button and pull the twine through, then repeat for the second hole. It does require you to pull double thickness of twine/thread through the hole, so sometimes it won't work if the hole is too small, but 80% it's a nice lazy way to do it.
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What about a floss threader? That's what I use with all my larger stuff.
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What about a floss threader? That's what I use with all my larger stuff.
I broke mu floss threader and mu embroidery needle was too big for the buttons I was using. Like your idea Alma!
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I also use a floss threader - the plastic kind in the dental section of the drug store, not a needle threader (the metal thing pictured above). I broke my needle threader too, but I have yet to break a floss threader (although I have lost a few!).

I use it instead of a needle for thicker threads and it works great!

In case you've never heard of them, this is what they are: Dental Floss Threader - Health & Beauty - Compare Prices, Reviews and Buy at NexTag - Price - Review

You get plenty of them really cheap!
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I also use a floss threader - the plastic kind in the dental section of the drug store, not a needle threader (the metal thing pictured above). I broke my needle threader too, but I have yet to break a floss threader (although I have lost a few!).

I use it instead of a needle for thicker threads and it works great!

In case you've never heard of them, this is what they are: Dental Floss Threader - Health & Beauty - Compare Prices, Reviews and Buy at NexTag - Price - Review

You get plenty of them really cheap!
Thank you! I wasn't getting the floss threader suggestion until now. Will definately give that a try!

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