Monday, April 22, 2019

Thin and Chic—And No Longer Available

The Blue Metal Threaders

Recently I heard about a very thin blue metal threader from a friend who was asking around about where to get some more of them.  They look a bit like the Dritz threader but they are blue and are made from thinner metal.  They were once available from Rainbow Gallery but are no longer being made.  Rainbow Gallery says they had them made in China but most of them were so bad they had to be thrown away.   Rainbow Gallery never reordered.  It's just not economically feasible to order items when the majority are not usable.

Dritz Brand Threaders at Joann's Fabrics

I took a photo of the needle threader display at my local Joann's Fabrics just so you can see the variety of threaders that are easily obtainable.  I prefer the wire threaders myself but this is personal preference.  The downside to the wire threaders for me is that the wires pull out, so I buy a package occasionally, lay them all out on waxed paper on the kitchen counter, and put a drop of Super Glue on the bases where the wires attach to the metal tab.  After they dry it's a lot harder to yank out the wires without meaning to.

But I plan to try out one of the blue threaders, just to see what they are like.  If you like the thin metal style of threader (like the Loran, link below), you might seek one of these out if your favorite shop still has one available.

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