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 jillwisemandesigns.com. 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] ♪

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