I have a major problem threading a size 10 or 11 beading needle with a wire threader, but need to use a thin needle for peyote stitching with seed beads. I use a Wide Eye needle for loomwork and have great success with it, but the needle is too long for off-loom stitches. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.
Threading those thin beading needle holes is tough! There are a few tricks you can try:
Use sharp scissors to make a clean cut at the end of the thread before you try to place it on the needle
When threading the needle, don't try to push the thread through the hole first. Instead, hold the thread in your non-dominant hand so that just a tiny portion--about the size of a grain of salt--sticks up between your thumb and forefinger. Place the needle eye on the tip of the thread then slide the thread up through the hole.
Wax or condition your thread to prevent the end from fraying
Try a different type of beading thread than the one you're used to. Some claim that Berkley® FireLine® is easier to thread than Nymo®, and vice versa.
If all else fails, go back to the Wide-Eye Needle™. There is a 1-1/2 inch version that works great for off-loom beadweaving.