a threaded sashiko needle
April 15, 2024

How to thread a sashiko needle


How to thread a sashiko needle with sashiko thread

Sashiko thread is fat!

Even with the big eye sashiko needles, getting that very thick sashiko thread through the eye of the needle can seem rather like the proverbial camel :-D 

Here is how I do it...

1. Make sure you have a clean fresh cut so there are no tiny fibres sticking off the end of the thread. I find it helps if it is a little damp and the end is flattened, so I bite it. My eighth grade Home Economics teacher considered that an unacceptable habit and had a frown that made me flinch, but I'm too old for her to scare me now! 

threading a sashiko needle, cut the thread cleanly

2. This is a 'don't do this' step. Don't try to bring the thread to the needle and don't let the thread wave around in the air - so not like in this photo below:

sashiko thread is thick

Step 2. Instead do this: Hold that fat thread firmly between your thumb and forefinger so only a tiny tip shows, like in the photo below.

Pinch the thread firmly between your thumb and forefinger.

If you hold the thread firmly enough, its ability to be split or frayed by the needle is limited considerably, so squeeze a little bit. 

PS. Excuse my gardening hands :-)

Turn the sashiko needle so that its eye is positioned to go over the tip of the sashiko thread and bring the sashiko needle eye down over the sashiko thread.

slide the sashiko needle over the sashiko thread

Notice how the sashiko thread is so firmly secured between my fingers that you can barely see it as the sashiko needle eye slides over it? 

It can take a try or two to get the eye to be positioned, and the needle to slide. Re-cut the end of the thread with sharp scissors if you try this more than once before it works. Once that thread frays or splits, it gets pretty hopeless.

When the  sashiko thread is through the needle, close your finger and thumb together over it so it is secured as you pull the needle further onto the sashiko thread.

threaded sashiko needle

Happy Stitching,


Here is a link for how to handle the skeins of sashiko thread so they don't turn into a tangled mess