Date: 11-09-2006, 04:43 AM (1 of 3)
|Hi ,I have only been sewing for a couple of months and was just wondering if I can use a twin needle for stretch materials and how do you know what is proper stretch material and what isnt? If it stretches when pulled both verticlly and horizontally -is that full stretch? Do you need a special type of twin needle for sewing stretch fabric?||
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Date: 11-09-2006, 12:48 PM (2 of 3)
Some people make a mock cover hem using twin needles. If anyone has a stretch twin - it would be Schmetz. You can use a twin needle for almost anything - especially if you machine has a twin needle setting. That keeps the zig-zag stitch below the width of your normal zig-zag. FI - if your zig-zag is set to 6mm, engaging the twin needle setting will cut the stitch back to 4mm (may vary by machine) You can use all your decorative stitches with a twn needle safely.
If you don't have the twin needle setting - just hand turn the wheel and find the setting that will fit in the needle plate.
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Date: 11-09-2006, 04:55 PM (3 of 3)
You would not be looking for a stretch twi, you are probably looking for a ball point twin needle. Stretch needles are not what you might think and they are really a specialty item, not used on most newer machines.
The needles come in differing widths, up to 6 apart. You do not want to exceed the size opening in your machine presser plate. Be sure and check that. You might not want a set any wider than 3-3.5 (cm? metric isn't my thing..see how I avoid it?) 6 (whatevers) would be too wide for many machines. Also, be sure that when you use the twin needles that you are using a zig zag slide plate. If you put them on a machine that is using a plate that is for straight stitch, you'll break those little buggers and they're expensive.
Some of the older machines also have a place to use TWO needles instead of the twin needles. You might take a mirror and look at the place where you put your needles. I really prefer this because it is a much cheaper option.
Also, when you buy twin needles, make sure that you are not buying a wing needle set. Those are usually used for heirloom sewing.
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