Your sightly curved or bent needle?
I notice in the pictures that your needle is slightly curved or bent. Is this:
1. Something that just happened over time.
2. Something you did to your needle on purpose. (I wonder if you can bend a needle without breaking - I tried to make a sharp bend in one with pliers when I was a kid for a science experiment and it promptly snapped like a twig.)
3. Something you can buy if you know the secret handshake at the fabric store.