Grandmother invents foolproof sewing needle.
Grandmother invents foolproof sewing needle
A grandmother has solved one of life’s most fiddly domestic tasks by inventing a sewing needle that can be thread by the clumsiest of hands.
Pam Turner’s invention, the Spiral Eye needle Photo: NEWSTEAM
Pam Turner needle making Photo: NEWSTEAM
Rather than having to painstakingly wet the end of the thread and pass it through the eye, Pam Turner’s design is foolproof for even the most inept of seamstresses.
Her Spiral Eye invention is a stainless steel needle with a gap in the metal on one side of the eye.
A loop of thread is draped over the needle and then pulled into the eye before being secured in the normal way.
The 55-year said she was inspired to redesign the sewing needle, which has seen little change over the centuries, after watching her mother struggle threading the traditional style implement.
She claims that her needle, which costs £3.69, allows users to get sewing within a matter of seconds and can be thread with your eyes closed.
Mrs Turner, from Minnesota, said: “I remember laughing as my mum struggled to thread a needle. Glasses resting on her nose, she trimmed the end of the thread, sucked on it, failed to get it through the eye of the needle and re-trimmed it.
“Sometimes she would curse, ‘Why can’t someone invent a better needle? We’ve been to the Moon for goodness sake’.
“Eventually she would break down and ask one of us kids to thread it for her.
“Then, just a few years ago, I realised it was now me that couldn’t get a limp piece of thread through a hole I couldn’t see.
“Obviously no one was ever going to invent a better needle. I decided it was up to me. So I did I for mum.”
The mother of two, who has become a keen seamstress thanks to her invention, said that when she first came up with the idea it was like a “flash”.
She has refused to disclose her secret about how she made the needle, but admits that it takes more specialised equipment than the traditional needle-making process.