Beadsmith needles norieta 4/2/2017 6:38 pm I find that if I mash the end of thread it goes into the needles eye easily. Pressing the needles to tightly will cause them to break. I had to learn an easy hand with them. Also trying to straighten them to often will weaken then. I love these needles for my beadweaving because they go through the backing on bracelets and collars so smoothly.