US 8,151,720 B2
Patent is a Utility Patent and covers any needle type object with an opening on the side of the eye. No matter how it looks.
I remember laughing as my mom struggled to thread a needle. Glasses resting on her nose, she trimmed the end of the thread, sucked on it, failed to get it through the eye of the needle and re-trimmed it. Some times she would curse, "We've been to the moon! Why can't someone invent a better needle?"
Eventually she would break down and ask one of us kids to thread it for her.
Then, just a few years ago, I realized it was me that couldn't get a limp piece of thread through a hole I couldn't see. And it wasn't so funny. My mom died in 1976, but I could hear her laughing as I struggled to get that needle threaded.
Surely someone had invented a better needle by now. So I went shopping for one. I found a self threading needle called the calyx needle (it has an opening at the top.) It was easy to thread, but the thread came out every time I used it. I tossed the needle in the trash.
Obviously no one was ever going to invent a better needle. Forty years is long enough to wait for someone else to do something. I decided it was up to me. So I did it. I did it for Mom. I did it for all the moms.
You thread a Spiral Eye Needle in a spiral motion.
Pam's original Spiral Eye Needles come in a variety of sizes and types.
Left to right:
The most popular general sewing needles (Sharps)
(from bottom to top) sizes 8, 6, & 4
The size 8Q (a short version of the size 8 is not included in this set, but it can be ordered separately.)
Chenille Needles have slightly larger eyes and have a thicker diameter than Sharps. This makes them perfect for craft projects that need a stronger needle and thicker threads.
From bottom to top:
Tapestry needle have blunt points and are used for projects like counted cross stitch and needle point and plastic grid projects. (From bottom to top)
The diameter of these needles is exactly the same the entire length of the needle. There is no taper.
Use the patented open sided eye to quickly thread your line onto this 6" long, extra sharp, stainless steel needle. Then sew it through your bait so the hook is on the end of the bait the fish will attack first.
So easy: you can thread it with cold, slimy fingers while in a boat.
Won't rust in your tackle box!
See how to thread the Spiral Eye Hand sewing needle
THE SPIRAL EYE SIDE THREADING MACHINE NEEDLE (above) WILL NOT COME UNTHREADED BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEX GEOMETRY OF THE
SLOT INTO THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE.
The SCHMETZ self threading needle (on the right)has a slot that is straight into the middle of the eye. This may be less expensive to make, but it comes unthreaded when you stitch and it can catch on threads.
THE ONLY PLACE TO GET THE SPIRAL EYE SIDE THREADING MACHINE NEEDLE IS FROM THIS WEBSITE. It is not sold in stores.
At the 51st Minnesota Inventors' Congress Invention and Idea Show June 2008 the Spiral Eye Needle received 5 awards:
In January 2009 The Craft and Hobby Association awarded the new product Innovation award to the Spiral eye needle.
Featured by the US patent office in their newsletter, The Inventor's Eye February 2010
Featured a second time in the US Patant Office newsletter, The Inventor's Eye in June 2014 in John Calvert's last article titled "Patents of my Career" https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/newsletter/inventors-eye/patents-my-career-0
On the Discovery Channel's Pitchmen 2 show Telebrands (As seen on TV company) gave Pam a deal and licensed her patent, selling their version: The One Second Needle. http://www.asseenontvvideo.com/blog/new-product-tuesday-with-one-second-needle/#more-2141
Featured in many articles over the years, this was a particularly good one. http://inventionstories.com/tales_from_the_inventor/spiral-eye-side-threading-needles-update/
Minnesota Cup competition is a statewide entrepreneurial contest that seeks out the newest and most innovative business ideas
After years of pursuing all of the big needle manufacturers, PONY Needle Industires of India has done just that. They are coming out with a co-branded PONY Spiral Eye Needle.