How to sew with a twin needle

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How to sew with a twin needle
Use twin needles to sew special stitches. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

When you want a decorative machine stitching technique, a twin needle may be the ideal way to sew a hem or create a topstitched edge. Because twin needles work together to create an intricate stitch pattern, you can sew beautiful double rows of parallel stitching with a twin needle. Use two threads in the same colour or choose different colours to stitch two attractive lines of stitching.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two spools of thread
  • Fabric
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Insert the twin needles into the sewing machine. The twin needles have a single shank at the top that you insert into your sewing machine in the same way you insert a single needle.

  2. 2

    Wind the bobbin of your sewing machine with the thread colour you desire for the underside of the fabric. Most sewing machines use one bobbin thread in a zigzag stitch between the twin needles. Follow your sewing machine's guidelines for threading the bobbin.

  3. 3

    Place a spool of thread onto each of the two thread spool holders at the top of your sewing machine. Pull the threads through the thread guides together to thread your sewing machine.

  4. 4

    Insert one thread through the left twin needle and the other thread through the right twin needle.

  5. 5

    Raise the presser foot and position the fabric on the sewing machine where you wish to begin sewing. Lower the presser foot.

  6. 6

    Select a stitch on the sewing machine if you want a stitch other than a straight stitch.

  7. 7

    Set the width of the stitches and then turn the flywheel manually to ensure that the twin needles will sew the stitch you selected without contacting the presser foot or the hole in the needle plate. Adjust the stitch width by making it narrower if you find that the twin needles will touch obstacles.

  8. 8

    Press the foot pedal to begin stitching with the twin needles. Follow the same sewing process you would use to sew with a single needle.

  9. 9

    Stop stitching after about 4 inches to ensure the tension is correct. If the fabric puckers, loosen the tension slightly.

  10. 10

    Finish the stitching, raise the presser foot and clip the threads.

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