The Spiral Eye needle, is made by my manufacturer in Dayton MN. Unity Tool Inc.

It is a small family run business and I can go in at any time and talk to the engineer that manages changes to my design, or the employee that makes the points and the
eyeless needle eye, or the employee that cuts the eyes into them, or the one that heat treats them, or the person who deburrs them, or the person who inspects them,
etc. Every person there takes great pride in  their responsibility for the product they make for me. The owner, his wife and their son are my main contacts there. They
are very quality focused. I am extremely happy with their work.

Spiral Eye Needles are made from 100% surgical stainless steel and are inspected by the manufacturer and then by me, one needle at a time. I personally put every
needle in the package so I handle every single one. If you get a defective one I am to blame.

The machine needle is actually made using a German made SCHMETZ brand machine needle. I chose them because they are the highest quality. My manufacturer than
puts my patented eye into the SCHMETZ needle. Other companies, including SCHMETZ, make open eyed machine needles, but those snag or come unthreaded if you
sew too fast. The design of my open eyed machine needle is open below the eye in the point area of the needle which eliminated the snagging and dropping of the
thread. But, again, it costs more because it is a complicated cut into a very small piece of metal and cannot be made mass produced yet.

I stand behind my Spiral Eye Needle. If you are unhappy, return it and I will refund your money.

Pam Turner
Spiral Eye Needles
Never struggle to thread a needle again!

Patent # US 8,151,720 B2
Patent # Canada 2755302
Patent pending in Europe
compare open eye needles in picture

    What is wrong with the Calyx-eye?

    The Calyx eye (AKA "French Spring
    eye" or "self threading needle") was
    invented in 1850. It has the opening
    located at the end of the eye portion of
    the needle.

    This opening in the top of the needle
    was intended to allow you to thread it. It
    is created by splitting the bridge at the
    top, which creates rough edges that can
    shred your thread when threading it.

    The original Calyx eye needles only
    have one eye opening. The two eyes, as
    seen in the picture to the left, is created
    by putting a bridge under the top eye to
    give it the "spring" to keep it shut when
    it is threaded.

    The bottom eye is actually not an eye at
    all, it is a result of putting that bridge in.
    Even with the bridge, the threads come
    back out when sewing if you tug much
    at all.

What's the difference between the SENCH  
and the Spiral Eye Needles?

    The Spiral Eye Needle is
  • Made in the USA
  • Comes in a large variety of sizes and
    types for the serious crafter.
  • Made in small quantities, individually
    cut, for quality control
  • Made from 100% surgical stainless
  • No nickel plating means no allergic
  • They will not rust
  • The metal will bend but will not snap
    and break.
  • Come in just three basic sizes.
  • Intended for casual mending tasks
  • Made in China
  • Mass produced
  • Nickel plated with golden plated eyes

One big difference can be seen. Look at
the actual eye of the SENCH needle vs the
Spiral Eye needle. There is a small bump
inside the Spiral Eye I call the "stop bump."
It is for several reasons, but most
importantly it is there to keep the thread
from coming back out when you sew. It
also makes the eye stronger. The SENCH
needles do not have the "stop bump" in the
eye, because that reduces the cost of
manufacturing significantly.

Compare the eyes of these self-
threading needles

  1. The original open eyed needle
    threads from the top. It is also
    called the "self threading" or
    "French Spring eye" or "Calyx
  2. SENCHTM needles thread on the
    side of the eye
  3. Spiral Eye(R) Needles thread on
    the side of the eye.(Made in
  4. "One Second Needle"TM, sold by
    Telebrands, threads on the side
    of the eye and is a licensed
    version of the "Spiral Eye
    Needle" It is being discontinued.

Compare the sizes

    Calyx eye needles come in a
    variety of sizes and even come
    in tapestry points.

    The One Second Needle comes
    in only two sizes, one large and
    one small.

    SENCH needles currently only
    come in three sizes.

    Spiral Eye Needles come in over
    15 sizes and types.