Many beaders use the pinched thread between fingers way of threading a needle easily.  Indeed this was the way my mother taught me.  The eye of the needle can then be aimed at the isolated thread end.  You can see a demo by Sarah Homfray Embroidery.

It helps to cut any frayed thread at an angle or use beeswax to taper and stiffen the thread end. But you can also double up the thread and use the folded part to pass through the eye. This is useful if your thread is prone to fraying.  I like Sarah's tip on how to make that  fold "crisp"!

There are a number of videos which show a popular threading hack -  rubbing the eye of the needle on the thread resting on the hand. You will be more successful if you place the eye right on the thread. See  this  video by honeybee.  My mother once shared a video (not available) which shows the user laying the thread, not on the hand but on a fine toothbrush before rubbing with the needle.

Fireline can be a pain to thread. I like this tip from Potomac Beads where Allie. the instructor, burns off the Fireline end and then uses chain nose pliers to flatten that slightly bulbous burnt end. The flattened part becomes fan shaped and becomes easier to pass through the eye of the needle.

Allie also shares her tips on what size needle to use with the different Fireline threads.

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