If you love to sew, but your eyesight makes threading a needle, put a piece of white paper behind the needle. The contrast will make it much easier to thread the needle. On a sewing machine, slide the paper between the needle and the presserfoot
Source: An article on how to live with diminished vision (common problem among the mature).
By MargaretGadd from El Paso, TX
Another needle threading tip, they sell needles called self-threading. Also, when someone with better sight than yours comes to visit, sit them down with a spool of thread (the color you use most often). Have them thread lots of needles onto the spool. Any time you want to sew, just pull the thread out along with the first needle, cut the thread, leaving the remaining needles on the spool.
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Being an 'older lady', I find my eyesight is not as good as it once was and threading a sewing machine needle was a frustrating experience. One day I picked up a piece of white paper and put it behind the needle and easily threaded it. I think it would work for hand sewing needles as well.
Source: I think this is something that just occurred to me when I was sewing though it could have been something I read at one time.
By Pat from Phoenix, AZ
I do the same thing, works great. Even my bifocals are hard to see with and the white paper does the trick. (06/25/2008)
I find the needle threaders work well on the sewing machine as well as regular needles. The white paper will make it even easier. (06/25/2008)
When I thread my machine I just move around so that the light and the silver color of the plate are showing through the eye of the needle. For hand sewing I just hold it so that there is some sort of contrast to the eye and the thread color. At 71, I need all the help I can get. The white paper sounds great though. I'll try that. Thanks! (06/25/2008)