Sewing with needle and thread is one of the oldest skills developed by man. A technique first used as long as 28,000 years ago, needles are thought to be one of the first tools invented during primitive times. Sewing needles have changed drastically over the years; however, their purpose is the same now as it was then, including needles used on Janome sewing machines like the Janome 7330. Without this primitive invention, sewing machines and sewing in general would not exist.
An Invention Born from Need
Around the time that primitive man realized the skins and fur of animals killed for food could provide warmth and protection, they also realized there had to be a way to tie these skins and furs together. Primitive blades made of bone, stone, and other material existed for a variety of uses; however, there was now a need to poke holes as well. Smaller, thinner blades were initially used to make holes for sewing skins together with hair, sinew, and plant fibers; yet those holes were too big. Large holes were impractical for the desired use. These specific blades got smaller and more pointy as a result in order to make smaller holes.
The First Sewing Needles
There is evidence of two major changes with this idea around 17,500 BC, both of which were instrumental in the development of the sewing needle. By this time, bone was used almost exclusively for this tool, which made it drastically smaller and thinner with the head split at the top. The split in the head could grip thread-like sewing material and pull it through the hole made by the tool. These were the very first sewing needles, complete with an eye to hold thread.
The Improvement of A Primitive Idea
Although the split end bone needle was a long way from the ones used on sewing machines today, this primitive tool was gradually improved, beginning with the eye itself. As the needle got smaller to make smaller holes, the need for an enclosed eye became more obvious as well. This did take some time; however, by the bronze age of 7000 BC, tapered needles with eyes were constructed from copper and later bronze around 2500 BC.
As metal working skills improved, needle construction and design improved with it. Hardened iron needles were used in India around 1100 BC; in 500 BC, the first metal wire was produced. This process would influence needle making again. With a needle made from wire, the next significant progression was adding it to mechanical devices that could sew automatically - sewing machines.
Sewing needles have greatly influenced life throughout the ages. Since the earliest times, needles have enabled people to make clothing and numerous other necessary items, even embellishing them with decorative thread designs with the advent of embroidery. Most needles are now made from wire that is shaped to be tapered, with an eyehole at the top, in various sizes, thicknesses, and eye sizes to accommodate different types of thread. There are many types of needles, including those for hand sewing, quilting, sewing different materials and thicknesses, and for sewing machines. To learn more about sewing needles and the best needles for the Janome 7330, talk to an experienced dealer who sells sewing machines such as Janome sewing machines!