I was looking at some of my needle packages and I do have some of those needles after all. Mine are made my Clover called self threading needles with the notch at the top. I never knew I had them. I think they were given to me at a class. Judy in AZ
Also called "self-threading" needles, I've found them to be especially helpful when doing hand-work in a moving vehicle, otherwise I have to wait for a stop before I can re-thread
combining my eyes with unsteady hands is a rough go!
There is a needle I buy here in Switzerland called "Vue Fatiguee" or, loosely translated, "tired view." Instead of threading the needle, the thread slips in from a notch at the top and is held by a second eye. Wish I could post a photo. Anyway, I found that I can bury those tails or pull tails through the back that are too short to be threaded normally ... or because it is too much trouble the squinty way (mature women). If the tail is really short, I bury the needle to almost the eye, grab the end with a tweezer, and pull the thread over the notch until it is in the eye, then pull the needle through the fabric. Don't know if its available elsewhere, but I expect so. SAVE YOUR EYES FOR THE FUN STUFF!
I posted some upclose photos in my personal photos to show the needle and the results
Looking out the window at Lake Leman in beautiful Switzerland