I hate when that happens too, but I discovered a new needle threader from JoAnn Fabrics that runs about $14.99. You place the thread through a slot and put the needle through the hole and press the leaver and presto, it's threaded. I use the smallest needle possible and never thought that this would work but even wih the thread doubled, it goes through. Now I don't care if my thread comes out because it's easy to rethread it. I bought it on line but you can get it at a large JoAnn Fabric store also.
Good luck. Audrey
I found my Clover Desk Needle Threader at JoAnn Fabrics on line. It comes in different colors. It does work very well. I use the smallest quilting needle which has a minute eye to sew my miniature bears and it really works even with the thread doubled. Wonderful! There are times that Jo-Ann has a coupon that applies to mail orders also for 40% off.
I stumbled upon a bear that needed some repair at an antique store and it was labeled "Steiff". It was pretty pricey. Upon examining his left ear that was pinned on, I noticed that the button was missing and there wasn't a hole where it should have been. The proprietor said that not all old Steiff bears had buttons. Is that true?
I'm trying to repair an old bear's arm paw. The top of the paw is missing as well as the paw pad. I know how to make a new pad but don't know quite what to do with the opposite side of the paw pad, the end of the arm. I can make a pattern with the other arm but don't know how to attach it to the missing arm. Any suggestions? Audrey
Does anyone have an easier way to stitch the gusset at the nose point and get it even. I open up the seam on my miniature bears below the nose point and bring my needle up to the center of the gusset at the seam allowance on the gusset at the nose point and anchor it. Somehow or other when I then try to stitch the gusset to the side head pieces on both sides, it doesn't always come out even. Is there an easier way? Audrey
In making miniature bears, (4 - 6") of sparse mohair, I use a needle to push the mohair under my seam line as I hand sew but sometimes when I turn the bear the on the right side the hair is sticking straight up on the seam line. What am I doing wrong? If I would shave the seam, which is miniscule, would that solve the problem?