by Jude Garvey
Considering that sewing is supposedly a relaxing pastime, isn’t it odd that the very first step in the process – threading the sewing needle – is so difficult? That’s exactly what Minnesota inventor, Pam Turner thought and that’s why she designed the Spiral Eye needle. It’s a sewing needle that allows the user to simply slide a looped thread towards the needle eye where it is caught and then pulled into the eye. Easy, stress-free and so simple – you wonder why it’s taken this long to create.
The Spiral Eye needle is made from 100% surgical stainless steel so is suitable for those people who may be allergic to nickel plating. It won’t damage your thread or come undone during sewing, will not rust, snap or break and remains sharp. It is available in a variety of sizes and Turner claims it is the only sewing needle made in the USA.It took Turner many years and multiple conversations with tool and die makers as well as people who worked in the manufacturing industry. When she finally exhibited at the Minnesota Inventor’s Congress Invention in June 2008, she realized that those years of hard work had finally paid off – she was an inventor.
The Spiral Eye needles can be purchased as a single unit or in boxed sets. Single needles start at US$5.50, while a set of cross-stitch needles cost US$16. you can even purchase special fish bait needles to attach your bait securely.