Last week I talked about a needle storage option that works well for me. I thought this week I would share some of my favorite specialty needles that you may not have known were an option. There are those that are more readily available, such as twin needles, and then there are the ones that you will probably only find in the shop of an independent dealer, such as Bonny’s Sewing and Fabric. If you have not tried these options before, you may want to explore a bit. I have used each one of these options on projects and have been really pleased with the results. For all of the specialty needles I use, I always slow the speed of my machine and increase the stitch length. This is not the time to sew at the fastest speed the machine can handle and by increasing the stitch length, the specialty needles I am using really show off the stitches they are creating. Also, depending upon the specialty needle I’m using, I make sure to stabilize my fabric really well. Because there are many top threads coming into one bobbin thread, the chances of your top fabric being taken into the needle hole of the zig-zag plate is high. This will jam the machine and probably result in broken needles. Since most of the specialty needles have a width to them, you will not be able to use a straight stitch plate to prevent this problem: thus the use of stabilizer under your fabric to help keep the fabric supported and out of the needle hole. Happy Sewing!
With the double and triple needles, I want to remind you to go into your machine’s Settings Menu and choose twin needle. The machine will ask you which one you are using. They are referring to the width between the two needles, which you’ll find on the needle package. If you are using a triple needle, don’t worry about it’s size. Just choose the largest option your machine has: usually that’s the 6.0mm.