Meet The Needle Lady!
Hi. I’m Pam Turner, inventor of the side threading needle. I invented it because I wanted to be able to just sew on a button, but I couldn’t get a piece of limp thread into a hole I could no longer see.
Since I could not find anyone that could/would make my needle, I had to hand make them one at a time. I would put a piece of wire into the end of a Dremel and press it against a slow wet grinder. With the wire spinning in the opposing direction of the stone wheel I could create a multi angled point.
Those grooves in the hard-stone grinding wheel were made from the thousands and thousands of wires I hand pointed. But the point was the easy part. Making the eye…well that is another story.