I’m not a professional sewer so I’m not much of an authority when it comes to “teaching” how to sew. However, there are a few things I’ve learnt from experience and from there, I can talk.
Sometimes, when hand sewing through very thick fabrics or many layers (like when quilting), it’s difficult to pull the needle through. It just keeps slipping between your fingers and every stitch becomes a burden. If you’ve ever found yourself in that situation, continue reading for a pair of easy and cheap solutions.
You’ll be amazed of how simple that is. Take a balloon, fold it in half between your fingers and use it to pull your needle through whatever you are sewing. As simple as that!
If you need even more grip or if you want to go more professional, you can make a thimble by cutting the tip of the finger of a nonslip / firm grip glove. These gloves are meant for people who work with metal, glass or similar materials and can be found in any DIY or hardware store like Home Depot in USA or Bauhaus and Leroy Merlin here in Spain. They are so gripping that they make you feel like you could climb walls like Spider-Man. But you can’t. Don’t bother trying. I did. They are not THAT gripping 🙂