Ok, here's another "am I the last to know this?" trick: when threading a needle, it really does work to wet your needle instead of your thread! I read or heard this tip a while ago and didn't believe it; then I tried it on my bumpy plane ride to Houston while sewing buttons on the samples. (Nothing like the last minute, right?) Something about capillary action drawing the thread through the hole in the needle or some such explanation. Very nifty.
Hmm. I think I may have one more trick up my sleeve.