I do not sew much because I am a guy and if I need something sewn I run off to the local laundry and pay somebody to do it for me.
This has not always been the case and I have the scars from a thousand accidental needle punches in one of my fingers to prove it.
The thing is that when I was in the Army and later, the Air Force, I had to sew patches onto uniforms … buttons onto jackets, etc. I spent hours squinting my eyes and trying to get that little annoying thread to pass through the eye of a needle. It was frustrating to the point of becoming disgusting.
When my kids were born, it got even worse!
One day something struck me on the head right out of a clear blue sky: If I could find a way to make the end of the thread I was trying to pass through the eye of the needle a little straighter and stiffer, I would be good to go.
I tried spitting on it. Everybody spits on their thread and then tries to twist it into a point.
But my wife said, “Why don’t you try putting a dab of my nail polish on the end of that thread and when it dries you got your problem solved.
She was right, of course.
In our 33-year marriage, My Wife tended to be right about almost everything.
It doesn’t take much nail polish — just a little.
Just dab the end of the thread with the polish, give it a little twist, blow on it til dry and voila!