I've finally made threading a beading needle a tad easier. My needles won't last as long, but it saves me much time frustrated. I use a regular sewing needle to ream the eye of the beading needle. BE CAREFUL not to push the sewing needle right through the eye of the beading needle though. I just use the very tip of the sewing needle and slide it back and forth in the eye of the beading needle with very SLIGHT pressure. I use my pliers to hold the bead needle and rest it on a folded towel or my bead mat. Hope this helps others, too.
Making the thread flat on the end and cut at a 45 degree angle works quite well.
Trick I learned long ago, sounds funny but works. After you flatten your thread, lick the eye of the needle. Well, not really lick it, put it between your lips to moisten it. It seems to suck the thread right in!
Also, be sure you are threading from the right side of the needle. Since the needle hole is punched into the needle, the front side of the hole is a tiny bit bigger, So, if you can't get the thread in try turning the needle around.
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