To thread a side threading needle, simply:
  • 1 Hold the needle point in your non dominant hand.
  • 2 Make a loop with your thread and drape that over the eye half of the
  • 3 Pull the loop snug so it goes into the opening on the side of the eye.
  • 4 And pull the thread loop to the end of the eye.

How to thread a side threading needle
(click picture below to see video)
How to thread a traditional sewing needle
by Pam Turner

Search through that package of umpteen assorted sized needles you have had since high school  to find the last needle with an eye big enough you can see it.
Carefully cut the end of the thread at just the right angle to make it thin enough to go through the needle's eye.
After three tries, put a quarter in the swear jar and stick the end of the thread into your mouth. Twist the fraying ends with your tongue.
Explain to your three year old, that, no you are not "tasting" the thread and he should not eat thread either.
Stab the wet end of the limp thread again at the hole that seems to wiggle when you look at it
Pinch the end of the thread to form a sharp point and aim. Suck on it again. When that fails and you think you will try to suck on the eye of the needle instead of
the thread, decide otherwise because your child is still watching.
Dig through your sewing box again to find the needle threading tool you know you bought last year. Hand over the two dimes and a nickel you find in the box to
your son to add the swear jar.
Once you find the threading tool, unbend the wire. Aim the diamond shaped wire toward the hole you cannot see. When you somehow get the threader into the
eye, take the thread, now drooping from your son's mouth.
Explain to him that white thread does not taste any different than colored thread so he doesn't need to get you another color to try.
Put the soggy thread into the diamond shaped wire and pull the needle threader back out and, wonders of wonders, the needle is threaded.
After a short celebration dance with your son, untwisting all the purple and green thread he has managed to  wrap around his tummy, you sit down to sew that
button back onto your favorite shirt.
Glancing at the clock, you realize you are late for work and toss the shirt back into the bulging pile of clothing in need of mending.
Put the now threaded needle through the top of the kitchen curtain where you hope you will remember you put it and you son can't reach it. Toss the button
back into the junk drawer .
Stuff a dollar bill into the swear jar then drop your child off at daycare. Explain to the daycare provider that his vocabulary skills may have increased and that she
might want to hide her sewing box.

Spiral Eye side threading needle: Not a needle, it's a solution. TM
Spiral Eye(R)  
Side Threading Needles  
Patent # US 8,151,720 B2   Patent # Canada 2755302
Patents pending in Europe, and China
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Never struggle to thread a needle again!
Photo of the eye of easy thread needle made in USA stainless steel
photo of side threading sewing machine needle
SENCH side threading needle
I even have
Fish baiting needles
Pam Turner, inventor of the side threading needle making her needles

Spiral Eye(R) Needles
Easy to thread. Stay threaded.
Won't shred your thread.

Made in America
100% stainless steel *

Spiral Eye(R) Needles
come in many sizes and

Sharps:  for mending and

Chenilles:  for specialty

Tapestry points: for cross

Beading needles

Fish baiting needle

Learn more about Spiral
Eye Needles

Also available in machine needles!

Machine needles are made by
putting the patented side threading eye
into SCHMETZ machine needles .

They work in any machine that you
can put a SCHMETZ needle in.

Comes as a set of two 80/12 Universal
close up picture of a machine needle with the open sided slot and channel
click to see a
video of
threading the
side threading
machine needle

A lower price, value option.

SENCHTM  self threading needles are a
less expensive variation of the
Spiral Eye Needle that is:

Made in China.

Nickel plated steel
with a golden plated eye.

General use hand sewing needles.
Intended for basic mending
and embroidery tasks

Available only as a set of six
2 each of 3 different sizes
sizes 8, 6, and 4
Compare the differences
open eye needles

Folding scissors

These folding scissors are
less than 3" long when collapsed.


Simply pull out the finger holes
to reveal an entire
set of needle point scissors,

The blades are
surgical grade
stainless steel,
the fingers are chrome

Comes in a convenient vinyl case
so they can easily fit in a pocket, purse or
sewing kit..

NOTE: Photograph shows the scissors with a
set of the American Made Spiral Eye Needles.
he folded  scissors are smaller than a 2" x 3"
business card. Needl
es are sold separately


Pam Turner  inventor
of the side threading needle
hand ground points on her first needles
using a Dremel and a wet grinder.
easy threading hand sewing needles in a variety of sizes. made in USA
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needle size
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Learn more about
fish baiting
Learn more about the inventor
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The SENCH Needle logo and name are owned by or registered to PST Innovations, LLC
P.O. Box 49605 Blaine, MN 55449  
Sue Heinz
Sue Heinz, of Kismet Quilting, recommends the Spiral Eye Needle for burying threads in your quilt.
how to use the Spiral Eye Needle for burying thread
Sue Heinz is the author of two Drawn to Mastery series workbooks, and Fill Harmonics, a background design collection