How to sew with double needles/twin needles Nancy Zieman







When sewing with knits, one of my favorite ways of hemming is using a double needle, or sometimes referred to as a twin needle. With one row of stitching, you’ll achieve two perfectly stitched lines. Or use the closely spaced double needles for heirloom sewing or the wide widths for embellishment.

Double Needle Facts


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  • Double needles fit any machine where the needle is threaded front to back not side to side.
  • Common double needles sizes include: 1.6, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 6.0.
  • The sizing refers to the distance in millimeters between the needles.
  • Size 6.0 is too wide for some machines. If the widest zigzag stitch is 4.0 on your machine, do not use a 6.0. The opening in the throat plate is not wide enough for this extra wide double needle.
  • The bobbin thread catches both top threads, resulting in a zigzag look on the fabric underside.

Sewing Tips for Double Needles

  • Use two spools of thread on the top of the machine, position them so the threads unwind in opposite directions. This prevents the threads from tangling.


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  • If your machine does not have two spool pins, wind an extra bobbin and stack the bobbin with the spool on the spool pin. Again, stack them so the threads unwind in opposite directions.

   
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  • Treat the two threads as one when threading the machine. At the needles, separate the threads and thread each needle.


How to sew with a double needle or a twin needles. Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy




How to sew with a double needle or a twin needles. Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy



  • Before stitching, pull the threads to the back of the machine to ensure there isn’t any twisting of the threads.


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  • Double check that your machine is set at a straight stitch. A zigzag setting, for example, could cause the needles to swing beyond the presser foot opening. You know what could happen then!


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  • Now, stitch! The details are all in the set-up.



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  • The bobbin accommodates both threads. It’s rather magical!


How to sew with a double needle or a twin needles. Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy



  • Use double needles to create an embellishment.


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  • To create a raised effect, slightly tighten the top tension. On the wrong side of the fabric, notice that the fabric tunnels due to the tighter thread tension.


How to sew with a double needle or a twin needles. Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy



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    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

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