Pam's Spiral Eye Needles

Pam's Original Spiral Eye Needle

Patents Issued:

US 8,151,720 B2 

Canada 2,755,302  

Europe 2,406,419 

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.

Invented by Pam Turner

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. 

Thread a Spiral Eye Needle

You thread a Spiral Eye Needle in a spiral motion. 

  • Loop the thread.
  •  Make it snug. 
  • Move it down the length of the head of the needle. 
  • When you feel the thread hit the slot draw the loop of thread downward into the slot.
  • Then up and into the eye.
  • Notice in the video you can actually hear the thread snap and lock into the eye.

Pam's Spiral Eye Needles

Full set of all sizes

Pam's original Spiral Eye Needles come in a variety of sizes and types.

Left to right: 

  • Sharps (for general mending and sewing tasks)  sizes: 8Q, 8, 6, & 4
  • Chenille (for heavier threads) sizes 24C,  22C, 20C, 18C, & 13C
  • Tapestry (like Chenille's but with blunt points)  sizes: 26T petite, 24T, 22T, 20T, & 13T
  • The Original Spiral Eye needle called the SE1
  • Beading needle

Can be purchased as a complete set or individually.

Most popular general sewing

The most popular general sewing needles (Sharps)

(from bottom to top) sizes 8, 6, & 4  

  • Mend a hem
  • Sew on a binding
  • Sew on a button
  • Bury a thread
  • Baste
  • Embroidering towels or pillow cases

The size 8Q (a short version of the size 8 is not included in this set, but it can be ordered separately.)

The set is sold as a set, but each needle can be purchased individually.


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:

  • Size 24C  Use to tie off a quilt with six strands of embroidery floss or size #8 Perle Cotton. Or bury threads in your quilt.
  • 22C  Perfect for basting with #8 Perle Cotton 
  • 20C  Discontinued
  • 18C  Holds # 5 Perle Cotton Thread 
  • 13C Holds 4 ply craft yarn. Too thick at the eye to use for tying off quilts.

Sold individually.

Tapestry (blunt point) needles

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)

  • 26T Petitte length Blunt point. Holds #12 Perle Cotton. Compare to the Nordic Needle "Perfect Needle". Some beaders like this short little needle. 
  • 24T Holds size #8 Pearl Cotton. This is the most popular size used for counted cross stitch projects. 
  • 22T Can hold size #8 Pearl Cotton 
  • 20T  Can hold size #5 Pearl Cotton 
  • 13T  Holds 4 play craft yarn.
    Used for plastic grid projects & embellishing.
    Popular for capturing the stray threads on a Serger machine. 

Sold individually. 

Specialty needles


The diameter of these needles is exactly the same the entire length of the needle. There is no taper.

  • The bottom needle is the original Spiral Eye side threading needle. It has the same slot and channel with the stop bump, but it does not get wider at the eye. The lack of the geometry of the other Spiral Eye Needles means it can catch on material so it is used mostly for burying threads.
  • The top needle is the size 8 beading needle. It has such a small diameter I could only put a simple slot into the eye. there is no stop bump to lock the thread inside.. But beading tasks do not have a problem with that.

Sold individually.

Fish baiting needle


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!

  • Slip your 6 pound test line into this Spiral Eye Needle and sew the needle and the line through the length of your worm or bait.
  • Pull the entire needle out the other
    end of the bait.
  • Use the needle to thread your hook.
  • Results: Your bait will move naturally
    in the water with the hook at the end
    of the bait the bigger fish is going to
    bite at first. 

Sold Individually


See how to thread the Spiral Eye Hand sewing needle

Spiral Eye Machine Needles

The patented Spiral Eye side threading machine needle

Comes as a set of two 

size 80/12 universal needles

Notice the diffference


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.


Awards and Recognition

Minnesota Inventor's Congress

At the 51st Minnesota Inventors' Congress Invention and Idea Show June 2008 the Spiral Eye Needle received 5 awards: 

  • Professor Otto Schmitt Memorial Award for the most creative, innovative or unusual invention 
  • The International Federation Of Inventors' Associations (IFIA) Lady Prize, for the best Ladies' invention
  • Gold medal for merit of invention
  • F. Robert Starr Award, runner up, invention determined to be the best in show
  • Maynard A. Speece Memorial Award, runner up, for the invention voted by the public to have the greatest appeal.  

Craft and Hobby Association

 In January 2009 The Craft and Hobby Association awarded the new product Innovation award to the Spiral eye needle.    

Featured on ABC Nightline

 Because of the potential savings for the Medical industry, Pam Turner and her Spiral Eye Neede was featured as a game changing product for 2008.

As seen on ABC NightLine Spiral Eye needles were featured on August 8, 2008  segment called The Father of Invention  

US Patent office Newsletter...twice


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" 

Featured on Pitchmen 2 in 2010

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. 

Invention Stories 12/08/2011

  Featured in many articles over the years, this was a particularly good one.   

2013 Minnesota Cup finalist

 Minnesota Cup competition is a statewide entrepreneurial contest that seeks out the newest and most innovative business ideas 

Licensed the Patent 2017

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.