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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Another Handy Helper -- from DMC

Just the other day I discovered another handy helper for anyone with fine motor or grip issues, such as carpal tunnel, or sight issues such as happens when you pass that 40th birthday milestone. We all know that giving up our handwork just isn't an option, so we have to find things to make it easier to continue what we love to do. I discovered inexpensive drugstore reading glasses quite a while ago, but my newest discovery is from DMC, the embroidery floss people.

I was working on the sample book cover for the embroidery class I will be doing at the Children's Library this summer. I had chosen DMC Perle Cotton for the thread and was having a heck of a time threading my needle the old fashioned way. After breaking both thread AND needle trying to use those little tin needle threaders, I headed back to my favorite craft store determined to find better needles and something to help me thread them. This is what I discovered...

It's a 3 in 1 needle threader for fine, medium and heavy threads or yarns, and it works on short or long eye needles. I found, in combination with the size 22 DMC chenille needles, that this was just what I needed to sail through my embroidery sample.

It is sturdy and well made. I found it to be very easy to hold and use, and not very easy to lose, unlike the little aluminum needle threaders I was trying to use and kept breaking.

This one cost me $1.99 and would have been a bargain at twice the price. Do you have any little notions or tools that make your handwork easier or more enjoyable? Leave a comment and let everyone know about it!

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