|This is an email I received after Night Line featured my needles. It brought me to tears.
It's past midnight, I can't sleep, and I flipped on the TV and decided to watch Nightline. So glad I did! I've been sewing since my early teen years, and have reached that age
where threading a needle, (heck even cutting an onion,) has become a nearly impossible task without glasses. My question for you: will there be a version of your needle
produced for sewing machines? I would be ever so grateful if you said one is in the works!
Geez -- where were you three years ago? I had surgery and instead of sewing me up with an amazing needle and fine silk thread, someone decided that stapling my belly
was the way to fly. Maybe I should have offered to close myself up before they knocked me out, I'd have done a better job, of that I am sure. Live and learn. I'm glad hospitals
everywhere will now have the opportunity to purchase your needles; and if there is a next time, I'll insist that my staple guy brings one into the O R!
Thanks for your dedication and persistence. You go girl! You really do. I live in eastern Massachusetts and will try to get out to the Big E in September, I'd love to meet you. I
wish my grandmother was alive to come and meet you too. She was simply amazing with a needle and thread.
People ask me all the time how I got the publicity and support for my needle. I'll tell you the secret is networking. Not going to a boring meeting and sharing cards
networking, but really using the fundamental steps of really listening to people and being willing to put myself out there. If you have an idea and want to pursue it,
check out her website and learn from the person who taught me.
Video of me thanking Rita Schwartz,
my mentor, friend
and master networker.
|I remember laughing as my mom 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. Some times 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 realized it was me that couldn't get a limp piece of thread through a hole I couldn't see. And it wasn't so
funny. My mom died in 1976, but .I could hear her laughter as I struggled to get that needle threaded.
Surely someone had invented a better needle by now. So I went shopping for one. I found an open eye needle called the calyx needle
(it has an opening at the top.) It was easy to thread, but the thread came out every time I used it. I tossed the needle in the trash.
Obviously no one was ever going to invent a better needle.
Forty years is long enough to wait for someone else to do something. I decided it was up to me. So I did it. I did it for Mom. I did it for
all the moms.
|Pam Turner invented the Spiral Eye needle in memory of her mother.