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The needle, reinvented

Pam Turner says she never considered herself an avid sewer, but her invention is something every seamstress needs. Tuner calls it "the spiral eye", a needle that catches the thread through a slot in the side, instead of through a tiny hole.

"I'm not a sewer. I invented it because I was late to work and I had one shirt that was clean and I had a button missing and I couldn't thread the needle and I said, 'Damn, we've been to the moon why can't we fix the needle!'," says Pam Turner.

Fixing the needle is exactly what Turner did. And, it's easy to use.

"I put an opening on the side of the eye so to thread it you just drape the thread over the side, pull it along, it goes in and it's threaded," says Turner.

"I don't sew that often, but when I do need to sew I have a difficult time threading. So I'm sure this will make things a lot easier," says shopper Erika Vanamringe.

Turner claims to be the last needle manufacturer in the United States. For years needles have been made overseas and shipped here.

"It's just so obvious and yet nobody has done it," says Turner.

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