after years of unsuccessful attempts at creating a working sewing machine, elias howe decided to give up his dreams of becoming a great inventor. depressed, and overwhelmed with shame, he went to bed one night accepting his goal as unattainable. it was then that he had a dream, a very odd dream in which he was abducted by a tribe of savages. through a jungle he was carried to the tribe’s king. “you have 24 hours to create a sewing maching for me!” “if you fail to do so, you shall be immediately subjected to death by spear!” in this odd dream, elias recalled all of his failed attempts and frantically reworked them constructing prototype after prototype. desperate to satisfy his captors. again and again his prototypes flopped. soon the 24th hour arrived with his deadline unmet. “no working sewing machine for me?” “then death by spear!” the savages surrounded elias and raised their spears. looking up at the spears he noticed long holes in their pointed heads. and as they flew from the savage hands and into his belly elias felt no fear nor pain but a spark of revelation he had realized that if he were to create a prototype bearing a needle threaded at its head rather than attempting to mimic manual techniques which involve the traditional tail-threaded needle he would at last achieve success. soon after awakening, he fulfilled his goal of inventing the sewing machine.