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  • 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 gives. 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 needles 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 your twin 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 I've eyeballed 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 7700 it's got a built in AcuFeed 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 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 wonder tape. It may or 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 twin 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

hi I'm Jen welcome to the Sewing Report this channel is all about sewing crafts

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