“Twin Needle Sewing”

Warm weather brings breezy cottons and beautiful linens, the perfect fabrics for embellishments with your favorite decorative stitches. Using a twin needle gives even more options for these beautiful stitches. As I talked about in the January 22, 2018 tip, twin needles are sized according to their thickness (90/14, etc.) and their distance apart (2.0, etc.). You will need to set your machine for twin needle sewing in your Set Menu and tell your machine what the distance is between the needles.

Each machine is a little different in how it likes to handle twin needle sewing, but just about every home machine on the market today can do it. You will need to turn off your Deluxe Stitch System if your machine has that feature (that is done in the Set Menu). 

You will be threading through and using the tension disks, both the left disk and the right disk.   You will need to consult your owner’s manual for exact threading directions, but essentially, you will keep the threads separated while threading them side by side in the two tension disks. This is why you cannot use the Deluxe Stitch System. The threads cannot slip against one another while sewing or you will not get an excellent stitch quality.  Once the threads are at the needles, you will run one thread through the needle guide and one outside the guide. You will not be able to use the automatic needle threader, so plan to thread each needle manually. 

You are now ready to choose some beautiful decorative stitches. Your machine will allow you to use stitches that are narrow enough to fit both needles into the needle space on the needle plate. 

If your machine says a stitch cannot be used with twin needle (and it’s not a buttonhole or an overly large stitch), try a needle with a smaller gap between the needles and the stitch should work out great. Remember to properly stabilize your fabric so the stitches do not draw the fabric up and you should be ready for some one-of-a-kind embellishments!