Thursday, July 12, 2012

Skill set

I can hit a man-sized target at almost a thousand yards 4 times out of 5, but threading a needle that's right in front of my face?

10% success rate.

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  1. Poke, damn.
    Poke, damn.
    Poke, damn.
    etc.

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  2. It's ALL about 'trigger' control :-)

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  3. I wonder if the difference is you can't get a crush-grip on a needle and thread.

    Also you shoot a rifle with your whole body, you thread a needle with four fingers.

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  4. The question that occurs to me is, which of those is the more useful skill?

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  5. little bit of spit on the thread first helps.

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  6. Run your thread across some beeswax (you can can a plastic holder of it in the notions section, or I can send some to you. I've used Burt's Bees lip balm in a pinch). This also keeps your thread from tangling, and makes it stronger. Use the *just cut* end when pulling it off the spool. Use the already cut end when pulling it off a bobbin. It has to do with the twist of the thread. I don't know if this would be the opposite for left-handers. Run the eye of the needle through your hair. This has something to do with an electric charge that might be pushing the thread away. I don't know if it's true, but sometimes it helps. It might be due more to making the eye a little more slippery. And last, try bringing the needle to the thread, instead of the other way around.

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  7. A threader is a wonderful thing.

    http://www.joann.com/desk-needle-threader-green/xprd634154/

    Although Amazon will sell it for less and not force you to leave your gun at home. ;-)

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  8. I use a piece of fine copper wire as a threader.

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  9. Was hanging out with family at the lake this weekend and my uncle told a story of an older woman who lived down the street from the house where he and my Mom grew up. She had something wrong with her eyes and she'd come out on her porch when she was sewing and holler to the kids playing to come in and thread needles for her.

    She'd have a dozen threaded needles pinned to her drape in her sewing room, all threaded by the neighbor's kids.

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  10. but threading a needle that's right in front of my face?

    Welcome to the world of presbyopia.

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  11. Needle goes onto the thread, not the thread going into the needle. Don't you remember Huck Finn?

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  12. JC, I remember that scene in Huck Finn. The old woman counted that as a "tell", indicating that Huck was a boy dressed as a woman. Men put the needle onto the thread, women thread the needle. There was something else about catching something thrown into your lap, but I forget which one indicated which sex.
    Yeah. Presbyopia. Either than or my arms are getting too short.

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