As quilters and sewists we use needles and pins all the time. Sometimes we poke ourselves with them, ouch! But what do we really know about them? Maybe all we need to know or maybe not. Let’s learn some fascinating facts about needles and pins.
1. What were early needles made of? They were made of bone which makes sense. You can learn even more about the history of needles right here.
2. What is Trypanophobia? It is a fear of needles and no laughing matter. You can read about it here.
3. What is cheeking in needle manufacturing? No, that is not a cheeky question, it’s legit. Cheeking is when the eye of the needle is cleaned. There are even more terms at this site.
4. Why do sewing machine needles have a front groove? I used to think it was so I knew which side to put forward. Nope, it’s to “cradle” the thread. Cool. Good one, Needle Know How.
5. Which is the most visited needle in the world? Why that would be the Space Needle in Seattle. I visited it once and I sure didn’t know all the facts that this website provides.
6. What are most sewing needles made of? I learned from Sewing mantra that they are made from high grade carbon steel wire. Cool!
7. Who invented the modern safety pin? That would be Walter Hunt and before I had a Longarm, I used them for basting, very handy!
8. What is the best material for producing a straight pin? Unless you want to have a lot of trouble picking them up, steel is the best as you can find those errant pins with a magnet. Good point WiseGeek. (See what I did there, pins and points?)
9. Any expressions using needles and pins? Yes, people who are nervous say they are on “pins and needles” which sure would make you nervous! Click here for examples.
10. Any other expressions? Hmm, let me think. I need it so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Hey that’s one and here are a bunch more.
11. What can I do with this safety pin I have laying around? You could use it to take out a splinter. Need 100 more ideas? Click here!
12. Could you please sing me a song about needles and pins? No, but I can get The Searchers to sing one instead.
I actually love learning about items I use in my sewing.
It makes me sew happy!
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Here’s another post about thread facts!