Twin Needles 🧵 How To Use + Hemming Tips | SEWING REPORT
Twin Needles 🧵 How To Use + Hemming Tips | SEWING REPORT


hi I’m Jen welcome to the Sewing Report
this channel is all about sewing crafts and DIY projects and in this episode
we’re gonna be focusing on twin needles and how to use them now if you’ve never
used a twin needle before don’t be scared they’re pretty simple to use and
they work generally the same on most sewing machines so for this
demonstration I’m going to be using the Everson Sparrow 25 a machine I’ve been
using for several years and very much enjoy now my first experience using twin
needles was several years ago I believe it was on my brother SE400 it was a
total disaster so that’s why I wanted to make this video is to help you if you’re
trying to attempt this for the first time now there are so many different
types of twin needles there are different widths there are different
types like there are some Universal needles for most fabrics there are
ballpoint or stretch twin needles for stretchy or knit fabrics and the reason
most sewists use a twin needle is to try to replicate the same type of look that
a cover stitch machine gifts in the past I’ve done a few cover stitch machine
videos on the Janome 1000 CPX which was a loaner from pink castle fabrics it was
great to work with but I know not everybody could afford it
twin needles are a lot cheaper than a cover stitch machine so stay tuned if
you want to learn how to use them twin needles are commonly used to hem knit
garments like sleeves or the waist of a t-shirt and they give you that
store-bought more professional look that a lot of seamstresses love so if you
want to use a twin needle it will give you that same row of double stitching
but on the back it looks a little bit different than a cover stitch machine
and I’m gonna show you the difference here on the back of a cover stitch
machine stitch you see that little intricate network of threads on the back
of a twin needle stitch you’ll see little rows of stitches and a zigzag
attaching and connecting those which is the bobbin thread so when I was looking
around for twin Neels it can be a little tricky to find the exact needle you’re
looking for it can be a little bit mind-boggling when you see all of the
different types of twin needles there are so
make sure when you’re shopping around you get exactly what you’re looking for
because it can be real easy to kind of mix them up or accidently purchase the
wrong ones I’m gonna be practicing on some interlocked knit fabric it’s a
little bit of a sturdy in it so I thought that would be good practice and
I just thought I would try a couple different methods when I was shooting my
cover stitch videos I did notice it made a big difference when I at least fold it
over the hem already to a predetermined amount usually like half an inch or one
inch and then pressed it in place if it was more of a cotton based fabric I
could sometimes get away with using Elmer’s washable school glue to help
keep that in place so it didn’t shift around but I heard good things about
using wonder tape so I thought I would give that a try on one side of the
fabric so I made this little test sample and on one side I just folded it over
and pressed but on the other side I put wonder tape right on the edge of the hem
just to see if it would make a difference and it certainly did so let’s
talk about inserting near to a needle you just need to remove the needle that
you already have in your sewing machine and then insert the twin needle with the
flat side to the back at least on my sewing machine and then insert it like
you normally would when it comes to threading you can just use your bobbin
as you normally would a lot of sewing machines come with an
extra spool pin so I installed mine at the top you can also actually use the
bobbin holder on top and use your bobbin with the same matching thread if you
don’t want to go through that to thread you first will thread your left thread
as you normally would using your main spool of thread and then when you do the
second spool of thread you just run it through the same guides and steps that
you would normally but the only difference is that when it came to that
last little tiny guide right above the needle I skipped that and then threaded
my second thread into the right needles so there are two needles obviously
because it’s called a twin needle to make this a little easier to see I used
three very distinct thread colors and I’ll show you a guide here left needle
is the purple thread right needle is the red thread and then the bobbin thread is
green so you can see which thread is which when I show you the finished
sample so I started out doing the the side that I just used my clover hot
hammer to fold over and press didn’t do anything else and you want to make sure
that the right side of the hem the one that will be visible on the outside is
facing up in your sewing machine and using my sewing machines seam allowance
lines eyeball to where I needed to line my fabric up so that the stitching would
just get to the end of my hem right here I don’t think it particularly matters
which foot use on your sewing machine and in hindsight I should have just used
my walking foot but I decided to switch it out with the decorative stitch foot
because it’s clear so I could see easier but I can also see with the walking foot
so I think next time I’m gonna try the walking foot and see if that makes it
any better just because I do really like using the walking foot because it feeds
the layers of fabric so evenly and normally I just keep the walking foot on
my machine like 95 percent of the time the only time I take it off is if I need
something like a zipper foot or like a buttonhole foot but pretty much it’s the
walking foot the majority of the time for most of my sewing projects I just
really prefer the walking foot and on my Janome 7,700 it’s got a built in a q
feed foot which i really really really like a lot if you’re not familiar with
wonder tape it is a water-soluble double-sided stick tape you put it down
on whatever project you’re working on lift up the backing and then you can
stick something else to the other side but the good thing about this is that it
washes away when you launder the items so even though when I ran my machine
through with the wonder tape it’s a little bit stiff I know once I wash that
garment it will be a little stretchy or and al in it the fabric will have a
little bit more give so I noticed some very distinct differences between the
side that I did not put the wonder tape on and the side that I did so the side
that I did not put the wonder tape on I noticed that hem was a lot wavier and it
didn’t feed through as evenly plus I did notice there was a lot more tunneling on
that side the wonder tape certainly made a difference so if your hemming knits I
would highly recommend picking up some wonder tape I also found some generic
versions on Amazon as well although I haven’t tested those out I think I might
pick up some though because they were quite a bit less expensive than the
actual wonder tape and I’m gonna see if if they hold up to the brand name
under tape it may it may not sometimes I have hit or miss luck with those items
on Amazon you just never know but I definitely saw a huge improvement
with the Wonder tape side I did get a few skipped stitches I don’t know if
there’s anything I could have done better but I did kind of notice that the
skip stitches were when I would kind of stop or hesitate in the stitching and
maybe I should have just let it go through the whole way without stopping
maybe that would have helped if you have any tips for skip stitches while using a
twin needle feel free to share those in the comments below so we can all benefit
from your knowledge because I’m definitely interested as well but you
can see the three different colors of thread on the back and it just forms a
little bit of a network of stitches but not as intense as a cover stitch machine
so overall I was pretty pleased with the results and I have used both a cover
stitch machine and a twin needle I think a twin needle is a really great
budget-friendly option if you’re not in the market for a cover stitch machine I
did really like having that loaner though I’ll be honest with you it was a
lot of fun to use and I could see some applications for it I don’t make a ton
of clothes and I also don’t really work with it’s a whole lot so I think for now
a twin needle may serve my needs and and I’ll be good to go but I’m definitely
gonna keep experimenting with the twin needle I did pick up both a stretch and
Universal – a needle so the universal I’m gonna use on woven fabrics like
quilting cotton or something like linen and at the stretch needles of going to
use on my stretchy or knit fabrics of course and just a reminder they come in
all different types I chose a width of 4 because I do like a
wider set double row of stitches you may want them narrow but that’s just kind of
what I prefer in fact I would really like to try a size 6 or if they come in
a larger size just because I do like to have them wider / but hopefully this
video you found it helpful if you’re trying to use a twin needle for the
first time and again feel free to share any tips you have with our community
right here in the comments I know I would love to see what you have to say
if you have a lot of experience using twin needles because I certainly don’t
but like any new sewing technique you’re trying of course it will take a little
bit of time and trial and error to improve and get better and
feel like you’ve mastered this skill so hopefully you enjoyed this video about
twin needles and if you are interested in seeing what a cover stitch machine is
all about I’ve got quite a few videos on the Janome 1000 CPX and I would
encourage you to check those out as well I’m Jennifer with the sewing report I’ll
see you guys next time

4 thoughts on “Twin Needles 🧵 How To Use + Hemming Tips | SEWING REPORT”

  1. Sewing Report says:

    If you have a great tip for sewing with a twin needle or hemming knits in particular – feel free to share it here in the comments!

  2. Janine Rosenke says:

    Absolutely love this tutorial. Thanks so much.

  3. Marie Hahn says:

    Oh Jen, here we go again! You always seem to be in tune with what I'm working on,gosh,how do you do that? lol I am working on some slip covers for a rocking chair, they have ties on the sides of the cushions to keep them from slipping, I just completed the top cushion and naturally when I sewed my ties I went down the folded side and then up the other side. I didn't even think about My twin needle,but as I took a break, I saw that You were there and Gee Whiz, You know I'm going to make the bottom cushion ties with the twin needle, SNAP!! Thanks 😊 again for always being there for Me ❤️ You're a Doll! Have a great weekend and I'll be looking forward to another great tip from You 😊! XX Marie-Wisconsin

  4. Christine McMains says:

    I didn’t notice, what kind of presser foot did you use? Can you use the walking foot?

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