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Double needles—also called twin needles—are great for decorative stitching, hemming, and heirloom sewing. In this video Nancy explains the easy steps for threading your machine and using double needles for hemming. You'll enjoy the process and the results.





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How-to: Sewing with a double needle
Overcome your fear of sewing with a double/twin needle.

You'll need two spools of thread or a spool of thread and a bobbin filled with thread. Position the spools/bobbins so that each unwinds in the opposite direction of the other. Thread your machine as normal. Then, thread each eye of a double needle. The bobbin thread goes between needles creating a zigzag on the wrong side of the fabric.

There are five sizes of double needles. Note: the size refers to the distance in millimeters between the needles.
  1. 1.6 and 2.0 mm double needles are primarily used for heirloom sewing. Pintucks are an example of what can be created with double needles.

  2. 3.0 and 4.0 mm are mainly used for hemming. Nancy demos hemming a knit dress in the above video using a Twin Stretch Needle 4.0 mm/75.

  3. 6.0 mm double needles are mainly used for decorative topstitching and embellishing. Note: your sewing machine must be able to do a 6.0 mm wide zigzag.

  4. Universal Twin Needles are designed for woven fabrics. Finish knit fabrics with Stretch Needles.
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