Better-threading sewing needle

Pam Turner of Minnesota created this Spiral Eye Needle, a sewing needle that's easy to thread, thanks to a "sideways" opening that admits thread as it slides down the needle's length. They're a lot more expensive than normal needles — singles go for $5.50 and up — but for klutzes, occasional sewers, and people who have vision or coordination problems, they look like godsends.

Spiral eye side-threading needles