Using a twin needle to hem knits can be a good, budget-friendly alternative to a coverstitch machine, but how do you use it? Demonstrating the installation, threading, and sewing with a twin needle as well as discussing the different types. We’ll also be hemming on knit fabric, with one sample using wash away Wonder Tape on one sample. Does it help stabilize the fabric?
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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!
Thanks! This was very helpful, just got my first twin needle. I would love a cover stitch machine but don’t want to spend the money on one so hoping this will work out good.
Can these needles be use in the singer heavy duty 4452 machine
Hi, I really liked your video!!! You explain perfectly well, how to use the twin needles. I just bought mine at Hobby Lobby and they are pretty expensive, but as long as they work, I will keep on using them. Thank you very much for your instruction video.
God Bless You all. ?☺️
thank you for your post.. ❤️❤️
VERY helpful. Thank you so very much for this video Jen.
What a delightful teacher!
Thank you for staying right on point; it was very informative and you did not waste time with empty talk!
Very helpful tutorial, thank you 🙂
im usin a twin needle i just got it, its new and suddenly my thread keeps breakin, do you know why ?
Thanks for a great video -very helpful
I have tried it and my issue is increased tunneling. How do I avoid that or correct it? I was not using a stretch- twin needle. This was on a heavy knit T-shirt. I haven’t used wonder tape yet.
I would greatly appreciate your input. Thanks again
It might be obvious but twin needle can be used on zigzag machines only. They won't work on straight stitch only machines.
Did you find the wide toed foot an advantage with the TN to help prevent the tunneling?
I serge the hem first then turn it and use the twin needle. That way the ugly back stitching is camouglaged by ther serger thred.
Thanks. I just bought a 6mm twin needle, it is very nice. I just don't know what is the right settings for the thread tension, I have to experiment.
I am short-waisted, live in a small town, and the local store stopped carrying petite clothes. All of my t-shirts look ridiculously long on me!
I have a very old Bernette 200. I'm going to be checking the owner's book to see what it says about double needles.
Thank you for this video!
Great video!!!! Thank you so much!!!❤
Taking my first adventure at twin needle work on a denim-type fabric. Thank you for your excellent instructions and clarity… When I'm done with my project I will share the results…
I LOVE YOUR CLARITY!!!
Thank you. Twin needles have scared me forever. This video helped me shorten my first dress. Now I’m on to many more! Sew simple!
Also, I used heavy starch to help mark the cut line when shortening a maxi dress to a knee length dress. You can just spray the starch on and let it dry, no need to iron, just get it stiff to make marking and cutting easier. That was the hardest part on my first dress hemming experience.
Thank you for this information. I never knew!
I use the Amazon generic wonder tape and it's totally fine. SO much cheaper than the name brand!
I have been watching as many videos as I can on twin needles for a coverstitch look. Maybe someday I can buy a Coverstitch machine, they are just too expensive right now. Thank you so much! I did buy something like wonder tape online already. I have one size 2 twin needle that came with my sewing machine. But I ordered a 4.
I have the brother ce1125prw sewing machine. I need a twin needle that’s 1/2inch wide. I don’t understand the sizing at all. Does the 2.0/90 mean it’s 2mm. Which one would be the 1/2 inch twin needle?
I have a narrow hole in my needle plate. Any idea if I can use the twin needle? Thank you
I keep breaking them ?
Hi what about the bobbin thread ? Do i have to pull it out pr just leave it and start sewing??
Hello, I used with the straight stitch?? Not the zig zag?? My machine only work the straight stitch!!
Wow, thanks for teaches us about the wonder tape, I bought some on Amazon as double sided tape and I had no idea! Very cool. I just subscribed to your channel. O love how you sign off like a reporter. ❤️
Thank you so much for this. You are awesome! ??
I've been watching everything I can about twin needles, and it's getting to sound a lot simpler than I thought. You gave a lot of great hints. Thanks for posting.
Hi, the skipped stitch could only happen either because the twin needle was too wide for your machine, or, if you use your machine a lot and it's not new, you may need to rephase it or sharpen the crochet hook. A tip to avoid the tunneling without a stabilizer, and also to give a nicer look to the zigzag at the back, is to significantly reduce the lower tension
I appreciated this video very much- – today was the first day I ever Used a twin needle because a friend of mine asked me to do a couple of her knit dresses I saw the video of how the hem looks and I was really pleased at what I saw. I went out and bought one and the video I watched said to try it with different stitches but I did forget to change the foot so I broke it within an hour-/ so I have to go to Joannes and get another one but I watched your video and with that tape that you used at least I was able to see the difference and now I have to get the tape to so thank you very much for your very informative video-/
Thanks for publishing this. I’m having trouble with the fabric between the twin stitches on the outside of the garment puckering up. It’s like my bobbin thread is too tight and it’s pulling it in the back. I can’t figure out how to remedy that. Any suggestions?
I recently started using a twin needle. I have used my regular presser foot so far. So far no problems.
I just found out I have a twin needle so this information is very helpful.
I didn’t notice, what kind of presser foot did you use? Can you use the walking foot?
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