Double Your Fun With Twin Needle Sewing!
It’s National Sewing Month! Did you know that you can double your fun with twin needle sewing? A twin needle can offer you perfectly tailored top stitching, two-toned decorative stitches or delicate pin-tucks. Twin needles come in different widths and sizes and are much easier to use than you think!
As long as you have a needle plate with a zig-zag opening you can use a twin needle. You’ll install the twin needle just as you would an ordinary needle with the flat side to the back or side depending on your make/model machine. Twin needle threading is a snap too! Install your auxiliary spool pin for the second spool of thread and run both threads through the thread guides all the way to the needle. The tiny thread guide above the needle is where the threads will part ways. Thread the left (horizontal) thread through the thread guide and then through the eye of the left needle and bypass the last thread guide with the right (vertical) thread and go straight to the eye of the right needle.
Once you have your needles threaded and your stitch selected, you’ll want to be sure to activate the “Twin Needle” sewing feature which can easily be done by selecting the twin needle icon on your computer’s screen. (lower right button seen here on Singer’s Signature machine) If your machine does not have this feature, you can manually set your stitch width to no more than 4mm in width to ensure that your needle on either end of the decorative stitch side sweep will avoid hitting the needle plate. With fabric in place and the presser foot down, I always turn the hand wheel towards me in a few S-L-O-W rotations to be sure that the needles will clear the opening.
TIP: You can also see the small twin needle icon on the LCD screen indicating that it is activated.
For compatible tiny pleat sewing, the width variances between the needles should coincide with your pin-tucking foot grooves. Pin-tucking feet are available in 3-5-7 or 9 grooves and the space between the needles should fit comfortably inside the grooves when you’re checking for needle/foot compatibility. These specialty needles are also available in both sharps for wovens and ballpoint for stretch knits. Be sure to check your instruction manual for the manufacturers brand and size recommendation.
The twin needles on the right are 6mm wide and would be used for top-stitching only. The red one to the right of it is a 4mm and would be used for the three groove pin-tuck foot (not pictured here) I noticed when writing this blog that the mm width varied between manufacturers. A Klasse or Singer size 2mm were not the same so it’s a good idea to stock up on a variety of sizes to be sure you’ll have the right one for the technique you want to accomplish!
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