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From: MaryW
Date: 03-14-2004, 06:38 PM (1 of 4)
Please post here if you can help, thanks.

I have never sewed with Twin Needles, until now. I have trouble of the
stitches jumping a stitch. I was wondering if you could give me some advice.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Skye
Date: 03-14-2004, 08:38 PM (2 of 4)
Beacause I cant afford a coverhem machine I use my twin needles all the time. I usually use woolly nylon hand wound onto the bobbin and my regular mettler or similar good quality polyester thread in the needles.
some things that may make stitches skip blunt needle check that you are not using a stretch twin needle in regular fabric. Adjust your thread tension sometimes it needs to be increased slightly.
Check stitch length
let the machine feed dogs feed the material dont try to "assist" the fabric.
check your machine manual some machines need the threads to be threaded via different paths around tension discs(usually older machines).
some older machine will just not stitch with twin needles
Once you master it try a triple needle geat for top stitching :)
Hope this helps
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
From: MarysRose
Date: 03-14-2004, 09:48 PM (3 of 4)
A triple needle? eeek! I'm scared to use the double needle!
User: MarysRose
Member since: 06-19-2003
Total posts: 37
From: plrlegal
Date: 03-14-2004, 10:21 PM (4 of 4)
Before you use a triple needle in a sewing machine, you have to be sure there is enough clearance in the needle hole of the zig zag needle plate. If not, you run the risk of knock your machine out of time as well as damaging the needle arm. Double needles come in several different witdths and you have to be sure of the same thing. So chyeck the width in the double needles you buy to be sure they will fit your specific machine.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
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