|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.