Do you have a curved needle in your pin cushion? If not, you should. Curved needles are typically used for tufting or certain types of quilting. But, I use them for all sorts of random situations.
I really love to use curved needles when I am sewing on wired hook and eyes. The smaller sized curved needle fits just right in those tiny holes and helps me to grab just the back layer of whatever it is I am having to attach a hook and eye to in the first place. ;)
They are also ever so handy when you need to hand sew a blind hem letting you grab that one strand of fabric to attach your hem to just a tad faster.
And...cover buttons! Do you know how much easier attaching cover buttons can be with a curved needle?
So next time you are hand sewing something and find yourself fighting with the unyielding straightness of a regular sewing needle, pull out a curved needle and sew on! :)