Spiral Eye Needles: not a needle, its a solution!
Spiral Eye Needles: not a needle, its a solution!
Never struggle to thread a sewing needle again! Over 15 million of these side threading needles have already been sold.
Never struggle to thread a sewing needle again! Over 15 million of these side threading needles have already been sold. Read more
About this project
The Spiral Eye side threading needle is past the "protoype" stage, and beyond the "prove there is a market" phase. It is poised to "jump into the deep end!".
My side threading needle is ready to go big time, but I need your help to do that. I have been working on getting my side threading needle to market for over five years. In that time I have had many successes, but I have yet to be able to sell big box wholesale because the cost of manufacturing my needle is too high.
While it looks like I have "made it" as an inventor I still drive a 12 year old car with a plastic strap for the door handle and a driver's side window that won't roll back up if I open it. (This is problematic when going through toll booths when I drive from state fairs to sewing shows to other events in the rain.) Most of the time the car doesn't have seats inside because I need the space to transport my giant sized needle and thread.
I was in the final steps of foreclosure in 2010 and have had to sell family heirlooms and even a dog to pay bills. Start up costs totaled over $500,000 and I am still paying back much of that. Fortunately, just when I thought all was lost, I received enough royalty income to help dig myself back to a near break even point. But that is coming to an end.
I need tooling and equipment to economically manufacture larger volumes and to be able to manufacture a wider variety of sizes and types of needles.
Here are some of the things I have achieved so far:
February 2010: The US Patent office featured the Spiral Eye Needle in the first edition of The Inventor's Eye. The U.S. utility patent has been issued and patents are pending in many other countries.
August 2009: ABC nightline featured my needle because of the potential savings this needle design would bring the medical industry. Replacing the single use, prethreaded, needles currently used in surgeries, with my quick threading reusable needle could save hundreds of dollars per surgery. Pre-threaded disposable needles have a limited amount of suture material on each one.This means any one surgery could use multiple prethreaded needles. If they come unthreaded during a procedure, the surgeon has a problem. My needle would allow for quick and easy rethreading. It also could be used for multiple surgeries because it can be sterilized like any other surgical tool. Granted, I won't be able to make the fine tiny needles used for heart surgery, for example, but I would be able to make the most commonly used needles.
Winner of several awards from the 2008 Minnesota Inventors Congress Invention and Idea show.
Winner of the 2009 Craft and Hobby Association New Product Innovation award.
Featured in numerous periodicals and blogs from around the world. One recent article was in Mary Corbet's popular sewing blog, Needle N Thread.
Yes there are other easy to thread needles. They have an opening at the top of the eye. This means they come unthreaded while sewing and shred your thread when trying to get the thread into it. And they are not as easy to thread as the Spiral Eye design. They were invented 150 years ago. Technology and manufacturing have come a long way since then.
There is also the One Second Needle, which is a version of my needle that is made in China. I licensed the rights to Telebrands. The One Second needle is not of the quality of the Spiral Eye Needle and only comes in two of the larger sizes. It was a great way to prove the viablity of my needle in the impulse shopping demographics. That licensing agreement is coming to an end.
The needle industry sells billions and billions of hand sewing needles each year. All of them manufactured overseas, except the Spiral Eye needle. My improved, patented version of the needle could replace up to half of them.
My ultimate goal is having the ability to make a less expensive, yet still high quality, side threading needle that is available wherever traditional needles are sold. I would like to do that while also making them in the USA.
Because I tapped into all my financial options in the first few years of my business, I no longer have the credit or ability to get financing through traditional channels. Without the ability to make needles more cost effectively, I fear I will have to give up on what has so far been a very promising business.
SPIRAL EYE SIDE THREADING NEEDLES ARE THE ONLY SEWING NEEDLE MADE IN AMERICA. THEY ARE MADE FROM HIGH GRADE SURGICAL STAINLESS STEEL (WON'T RUST. WON'T BREAK. HAVE NO NICKEL PLATING) THEY ARE A HIGH QUALITY, PRECISION MADE PRODUCT THAT WILL LAST AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THEM....LIKE THINGS USED TO BE MADE.
SOME OF THE REWARDS:
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge when making the unique open eye design is cost of manufacturing.
The most common size slot is only .005" wide. Stamping processes don't do well with such a small size opening. This means the eye slot has to be done with EDM, laser or other higher cost technology. This is not how traditional needles are made and it would require major changes to that process.
Another challenge is that the geometry of the needle itself has to be exactly right or the needle will catch and snag the material it is sewing. I have identified that geometry and am able to keep tight tolerances in the manufacturing of the American made Spiral Eye Needle. Traditional needle manufacturing equipment is not designed to make this geometry.
$100,000 (actually about $35,00 is what I will end up with after costs of the rewards, shipping and fees) will get the tooling done to adapt my current process so my current manufacturer can do higher volumes at a lower cost.
It would take an additional $250,000+ to create equipment made specifically for the job so I would be able to handle even larger volumes, faster and cheaper. Eventually I will need this kind of dedicated equipment to supply the global marketplace.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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