Sunday, August 7, 2011

Give 'er the old Gold-Eye!

I once read a teen-lit novel about a quirky little Italian girl that was an expert at malocchio, or giving someone the Evil Eye. Her Grandmother was the expert before her and apparently everyone in their small village was terrified of her. The grand daughter was desperate for the same power over the village children, so she studied her Nona every day until she, too, perfected the dark art of malocchio. I'm sure some of you have been on the receiving end of a malocchio or two from a teenage girl! I wish I could remember the name of that book.

I've already digressed before telling you what this post is all about, sorry. This post is about a teensy tiny needle that may or may not change your life. The Gold Eye self threading needle. I love them. The ones I use are made by Fons & Porter (they don't seem to be on the F&P website but Amazon has them?). They have a nifty notch in the end so you can snap your threads into the eye without having to get your reading glasses on. You can also thread tails that are only an inch long this way!

Self-threading needle tute

Why would you want to thread short tails into a needle? Well, to bury them into your quilt, of course. I've had a few people ask how I start and finish quilting lines without back-stitching. This is my not-so-secret secret. I will avoid any malocchio by being totally honest and admitting that I learned this tip from Melody Crust many years ago when she visited my guild.

I have made another Pictorial Tutorial that explains how to neatly begin a line of quilting and neatly end a line of quilting without having to back stitch, or risk a bird's nest on the back of your work. Simply click here and read through the photo descriptions for the how-to's!

16 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I never heard of The Old Gold Eye! Great tutorial Krista - thank you. I'll be getting some of those needles next time I'm out.

Amy said...

Thank you for doing this Krista. I will have to try to locate one of those needles. There have been many times something like that would have come in handy. Off to learn!

Lesly said...

I've seen those self-threading needles but never known what they were good for - thanks for the tip!

Sharon Pernes said...

How do the needles work?

floribunda... aka Julie said...

other companies make those needles, too -- although the gold eye would make them even easier to use! I use them all the time...

Krista said...

I love those needles. I think mine are by clover? I remember how awesome it was to learn that trick just a year ago, so it's great that you made up this tutorial for people who don't know it yet.

Katie B. said...

Brilliant! I finally got around to buying some of these needles last week! Perfect timing!!!

felicity said...

Very cool tute - I do it similarly but I definitely learned something here. Thank you!!

nicolette said...

They are fabulous, I always use the Clover self threading needles to burry my threads!

Nina Lise Moen said...

I had heard of self threading needles but never seen them. Now I want some, maybe they are selling them in Birmingham.

PinkGranny said...

Many moons ago I discovered self-threading needles while working at a fabric store, but never tried them out. I like this idea of burying that thread in the quilt or other project. Keep these ideas coming!

I know all too well about that evil eye...

Dianne said...

Great tute Krista! I think my grandmother had that Malocchio look down pat but I never did get the hang of it! Maybe that's a blessing......:0)

Canadian Kristin said...

I saw an infomercial for this sort of product and thought "No way! That's awesome!" but then thought I would be a sewing dork to need such a thing... I am so glad to read that the my quilting hero Miss Poppyprint uses them so now I have the green light to buy self-threading needles! Brilliant!

ayumills said...

You always know the neatest sewing notions and you always make me want to get them! This is no exception! I was always wondering about your perfect quilting, so I have to check out the tute when I quilt next time!

Michele Pacey said...

Oh good thing you've pointed this out. I've been noticing changes in my vision lately (not that I'm getting old or anything). this would certainly be helpful!

amy dame said...

my ex always called that "the look of death". he got it a lot. ;)

thanks for the tutorial Krista! i've seen those needles, but i admit that i thought they were for people with worse eyesight than me - regardless of age!

i've checked frabricana and fabricland, and haven't found the needles yet, but i'll keep searching!