“Seeing” the eye of a machine needle
In the iron discussion there’s mentions of threading a machine needle. Joesfly posted moistening the thread tip as she learned form her grandmother. This will work. What helps also, is to make a white cardboard strip 1 or 1 1/2″ wide x 2″ or 3″ long.
You can fold a plain, or plain side of a lined, 3″ x 5″ index card to get the shape. Use magic tape, the 3M type, to keep the folds in shape.
Set this white field BEHIND the needle. The eye will be clearly seen. On most machines, the card strip will sit indepedently at the back of the presser foot. Though on some you might have to hold it in place.
I made a set of these and have them at hand near my machines.