April 2014

Rhonda and Morna McEver at 2014 CABS.


Needle Points from Rhonda


What do you do to elevate your creative and business skills? Whether you sew and quilt as a hobby or as a business, finding like-minded friends can ignite your creative juices and your professional skills. For the second year I flew into Washington DC for the Creative Arts Business Summit presented by Morna McEver, Founder of International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. I was enveloped by the creative energy and business savvy of 36 participants as we networked, discussed sources, opportunities, set intentions and honed individual business strategies. Business... and life are tough and having a friendly network in place provides support during trying times and brings even greater joy when celebrating personal and professional achievements. Check in your own community for face-to-face classes at your local quilt shop, machine dealership, guilds, clubs and community colleges. YOU are a source of inspiration and knowledge, just as others are a source for you.

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
Euro-notions and SCHMETZneedles.com
3800 West 42nd Street
Chicago IL 60632


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Have you read Nancy Zieman’s autobiography Seams Unlikely? Do you know Meg McDonald of Mood Fabrics? These ladies love to sew! Read Rita Farro’s interviews in Issue II of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW.




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Development of the Needle Through History


Extraction from SCHMETZ The World of Sewing, Guide to Sewing Techniques

It is a little known fact that the needle was one of human-kind’s first tools. Over the centuries it developed from a simple craft item to the precision tool for modern sewing machines, constantly adapted for new industrial applications and requirements. The use of the sewing today does not stop at garments and furnishings, but is equally important for car seats and airbags meeting high technical safety standards. The needle has played a major part in the development of our civilization and our standard of living.

The most ancient sewing needles, which date back to 28,000 BC, did not have an eye but a split end which gripped the thread to be sewn (often raffia, gut or sinew). Needles from later than 17,500 BC already had the two features characteristic of the hand sewing needles today, the eye at one end and the tapering point at the other end. They were made from materials available to human society at the time for example bones and antlers.

As people acquired skills in working metal materials, needles were also made from metal (Bronze Age approx. 7000 BC), first from copper, later from iron or bronze. Although there is no positive evidence as to the precise design of these needles, excellent pieces of embroidery from the pre-Christian era suggest that they were probably fashioned almost to perfection. Unfortunately the articles made with these needles were only partially preserved and there are barely any traces of the needles themselves. This is largely explained by the effect of oxidation, which destroys metallic needles after a short time. Even needles made during the 19th century are now rarely found intact.

The invention of the sewing machine gave rise to the development of the sewing machine needle.

The basic form of the hand sewing needle remained the same, though the degree of tapering and the variation of the diameter over the length of the needle were slightly altered in the course of time. In order to be able to make comparisons, one must study the needle from its very point to just below the eye. Although the eye and the point have moved closer together, as the basic functional elements of the needle, they remain unaltered.

In 1755 a German named Weisenthal thought that he had found the prerequisite for machine sewing in his development of a two-point needle. This needle form was also used later on by Madersperger and others and it is even used nowadays in modern industrial machines for sewing shank buttons or for imitating hand-made seams. An Englishman called Saint, for his machine designed in 1790, used a so called hook needle or protruding needle similar to today’s crochet needle. Even today hook needles are used in some single-chain, drop-stitch embroidery (Cornely), saddle-stitch and linking machines. Both types of needles, however were of little importance for the further development of the sewing machine needle.

Around 1800, Balthasar Krems (from Mayen, Germany) used, for the first time a needle which had the eye moved close to the point. One should particularly appreciate this invention because one feature that looks so simple to us today was a sensation at the time. This eye-point needle has been developed to the form known today. The needle has accomplished its transition from a hand tool to the precision tool of the sewing machine needle.


Where's Rhonda?

2014 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

International Quilt Market

May 15-18

Pittsburgh, PA

International Quilt Festival

June 19-21, 2014

Chicago IL

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 25-28, 2014

Shipshewana IN

N. Jefferson Open House

July 26-27

Vancouver, BC, Canada

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28, 2014

Novi MI

International Quilt Market

October 24-27

Houston, TX

International Quilt Festival

October 30-November 2, 2014

Houston TX