Thread two needles each time…

I was doing some hand sewing and needed to stop and thread a new length of black thread when I had an “Ah-ha!” moment. When I wind bobbins of white or black thread, I always wind two or three bobbins, not just one, saving a few minutes. White and black thread is something I will need forever and ever, so the bobbins will never languish for long. So, why not do the same with hand sewing needles? Every time I thread a needle for sewing, I pull the length of thread across a lump of beeswax then run the thread between two fingers to “smooth out” the wax on it before threading it into the needle. That means I need to retrieve the lump of beeswax, unwrap it, then re-wrap it and put it away afterwards. By threading two needles at the same time, each with the usual length of thread and saving one later use, I save a bit of time wrangling the beeswax. Plus, now that I usually have a threaded needle at hand, I don’t feel as reluctant to do hand sewing.

(P.S. If you’re not already doing so, you must use beeswax when hand sewing. I sewed for 30 years before I discovered that doing so makes hand sewing about a gazillion times easier: the wax makes the thread a lot less likely to tangle.)