How Nina's Flying Needle Got Started

(Video credit: Patrick McNamara. Drawn to The Image. Annapolis, MD.

Nina’s Flying Needle specializes in reusable, practical and environmentally friendly items to help you ditch single use plastics and live sustainably. 

All of our items meet CPSC safety regulations.

Aside from being the owner and creator of Nina's Flying Needle, I am also mother to three children and wife to a prior military helicopter pilot turned commercial airline pilot. We currently live in Annapolis, MD.

Let me take you to the beginnings of NFN: it all started when my husband (then boyfriend) gifted me a sewing machine for my 21st birthday! To this day, I don't know WHY he thought it was a good idea, but he's always been a practical gift giver and I considered myself lucky that it wasn't another MLA Handbook like the one he gave me for my 19th birthday. True story! Luckily for him, at that time we'd been dating for seven months and he had already won me over. When I graduated college and the hubby finished flight school, we got hitched and over the next 10 years the Navy moved us eight times back and forth across the country, and at one point even back to my home country: Germany.

My lovely sewing machine got pulled out on a few rare occasions, but more often than not, collected dust in the closet. In 2014, we finally settled in Annapolis. That's when I increasingly found myself sitting down at my machine, slowly discovering my passion for the craft of sewing.

Fast forward to now, and the clothing items/games/projects have withstood the rigorous, unforgiving hands of my three kids (consumer testing at its finest). Soon, I realized that I needed a legit excuse to justify to my hubby why I keep buying fabrics. (Oh, how I LOVE fabrics!) Inspired by my mom's constant exclaims "OOOOH! You should sell that!" and my hubby's and sisters' unwavering support and amazing encouragement, I dove right into creating my very own business: Nina's Flying Needle.

I've been enjoying this wild ride of bringing you durable products that allow you to lead a more sustainable life ever since. Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment in this journey. It means the world to me.

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