Troubleshooting:  Help! I Need to End Off a Very Short Thread!

Troubleshooting: Help! I Need to End Off a Very Short Thread!

♪ [music] ♪ Got another troubleshooting tip for you. Occasionally we bead ourselves into a
problem. And one of the problems that I hear people talk about is sometimes you’re
just determined not have to add a new thread and so you keep working with that
thread even though you know it’s getting too short, it’s getting too short, you’re
going to have a hard time ending it off when you finish up. But you only got two
more beads to add to the end of the row and you’re just going to do it. But then
you’ve got the problem with how end off that really short thread. I’ve got a
couple of ideas for you. Let’s take a closer look at the beads. So here I am. I
have this piece and look how short my thread is here and I need to end off this
thread. So getting it to where I’m weaving back and forth, because this needle is so
long, I can just do it. I’ve got just this little bit of bend over tail here. So for
my first pass as I go to end this off I’m good. I can go through a couple of beads
here, like so. The problem is okay, so now the thread is shorter I still need to turn
around and go this other direction and sometimes that thread is even shorter. And
let me actually just make this happen because you were really naughty and it’s
like this. And now there’s no way you can keep the needle threaded and turn around
and get that angle on it. So there’s a couple of things you can do, and the first
one is you take off that needle and you move to what’s called a sharp and look at
the difference in needle size. This is a traditional beading needle size. This is
what’s called a sharp. So it’s a shorter needle and it’s one that quilters use
quite often and some people bead entirely with the sharps. I only pull out my sharps
when I have one of these short threads or I’m trying to make a really tight corner
or something because for me, personally, it makes my hands cramp if I use that too
much. But it is perfect to have on hand in a case like this. So in this case, let’s
go ahead and thread the needle. Okay, really I can’t do this left handed. Not on
camera, the pressure is too great. There we go. It’s still going to be tight here,
but I can probably get in, yup, I can just… It’s still attached here at the
needle and I’m putting my finger over that so it doesn’t pull out. And now I’m able
and to…let’s see here, there’s where my thread’s coming out. I’m able to turn
around and go in the opposite direction. But remember, I want to do three passes,
so I probably can’t get this third pass. So what do I do for that third pass?
Simple. This is when you know you really have a short thread and you’re really in
trouble. You put your needle part way through the beads and now you thread that
needle on the very tip that’s still hanging out there. So now we’ll thread
that end. Get a nice, flattened piece here. Thread the needle that is partially
inserted in the beads. Hey, needle, I’m on camera. Behave. The sharps also tend to
have much smaller eyes. It’s not that they’re less wide. It’s that they’re are
less tall. There we go. So now I can thread that through because my needle was
already partially through and now I can pull that through. So that is your
emergency moment right there. Got one more thing you can do. If that doesn’t work for
you either. The last thing you can do is start a new thread, weave it back and
forth in that area where your short thread is. So basically you would be reinforcing
that area where the short thread is and then cut the short thread off. It’s not
officially ending it, but because you have reinforced that whole area with a whole
‘nother thread, you’re going to be okay to just to clip it at that point. You just
want to make sure that you get, say the last two rows worth of beads all
reinforced with your new thread before you clip that little short end. So don’t
panic. I’ve got ways that you can save it. There’s always a way. So make that you
check out all of our kits and patterns at I hope you don’t
get into any of this trouble when you’re working on them, but if you do, now you
know how to take care of it. Happy beading. ♪ [music] ♪

28 thoughts on “Troubleshooting: Help! I Need to End Off a Very Short Thread!

  1. Haha, I know how that is. I've been there a few times before. And if the thread is too frayed it can be possible to take the needle backways. The eye-end first. It's doable.

  2. I have done this so many times cross stitching. 🙂 I would put the needle through my work without the thread, and then use a little metal needle threader to run the thread through the eye. then, pull the needle through the work.

  3. lol I have done this so many times. You can also feed the needle through the beads eye end first, then just pull the thread out of the eye before you pull the needle the rest of the way through.

  4. Thank you Jill. Just to share what I do – I use my "big eye" needle, pass thru the beads and then string in the thread.

  5. I totally do all of these! It's comforting to have the a-ok from a professional seasoned beader such as yourself! Thank you so much Jill! Hope your mom, you & your puppy are doing well! I've been out of the loop for a bit. 🌹🌻💎 Have a good one!

  6. Because I've had SO much help and so so many tips & tricks taught to me I thought I'd passa few things I haven't seen in any tip videos..hope this helps! I'm not the best at explaining but I'll try!

    Two little tips when you're having trouble threading your needle.. I'll use the very tip end of my tube crimper to smash the tipof the thread to get it to fit through easier. Also my dad taught me when I was younger to put the thread between your thumb & index finger & squeeze then pull it to where you just barley can't see the thread tip then with your other hand push the needle eye onto the thread.. it works EVERY time! I hope I've explained that clearly/properly enough..

  7. This video made me smile. It's like a beaders confession, "Hello, I am a beader and I work till the very ity-bity end so I don't need to use a new thread!" 😂😂😂 ('cause ain't nobody got time for that!) 🙂 This is so helpful and love the tips. Happy beading everyone!

  8. Hi Jill, I implement all of these techniques! (I'm stubborn 😜) By the way, which bracelet/cuff are you wearing? Is it one from your book, or is there a link to the purchasable pattern…? Thank you! -Lisa

  9. very good tips, especially the last one, so good why did I never think of it? My problem, having the thread break leaving me a short piece. Hate that!

  10. Threading a needle. . . have you tried needling the thread? Hide the thread between your thumb and index finger. Lower your needle over the two fingers and open them slightly, just enough to reveal the thread. In it goes . . . be sure to wax the thread and flatten it first.

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  12. This happens so often to me lol – thank so much for the tips Jill. I just love the necklace you are wearing in this video – do you have a pattern for it?

  13. Great tip for those of us who always keep stitching when we should know better! Have you ever heard of the weavers knot? I saw a tutorial on how to make it and if you do you may find a second choice for ending short threads in a secure fashion.

  14. I had a very short thread not long enough for a needle. I ended up tying another piece of thread to it. I felt like I had nimble fingers because it was a bit hard to do. Once the knot was made I continued to bead drawing both threads through the beads until I had no thread left. Just another tip for you to try. Thanks Jill I appreciate your teachings very much.

  15. Hi Jill I love your work and you are such a good teacher. I am a beginner beader and im just so tickled that I have finally been able to bead something that looks even close to wearable. LoL but I need to know about this stepping up thing. I sort of know but Im still not sure. I did watch a couple of videos and i know a little more than I did, but I am afraid to start the cellini spiral that I feel I can actually do, all except the step up part that has me scared to begin, I dont want to begin and than be disappointed when i cant continue forward. Can you help me??

  16. Will sharps handle a 0.46 beading thread? I am looking for a way to add extra neadalon 19 strand to another strand if it is too short to put a crimp on. Any ideas? I bead gemstomes. Sometimes for some reason before i get to the end the strands break or are too loopy and hard to handle. Any ideas? I just put 2 together the other day with 2 crimps and couldn't get it through the bead. Ugg!

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