So what options are available for them?
The traditional hand needle threaders can be frustrating because they are short. Overlocking threaders are very long and require the user to still line up a bent wire with hook to the needle eye.
The "needle threader insertion tool applicator" works quite well. Slip the thread into the front claw and line it up with your needle and push it against the needle. A small thin piece of curved metal pops out and pushes the thread through the needle eye.
We only sell Husqvarna size 100 needles which is ok for the denim weight fabrics. But I notice that Schmetz offer sizes 80 and 90.
You insert the needle into your machine as per normal. Then you run your thread down the right hand side of the needle. The thread slips into a tiny slot next to the needle eye.
|Notice the dark line next to the eye of this needle.|
They are not recommended for sensitive fabrics like silks and microfibers as the slot may pull / damage the fabric.
I need to do more testing with this needle to answer questions like - will it snap the thread or will the thread come out while sewing through the slot.
Will let you know the outcome.