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having viking emerald 118 & scared to go at it w/o directions/manual
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Date: 10/2/10 8:40 PM

I'm trying to figure out how to use a twin needle on my viking emerald 118 and I have a few questions. Nervous to start without being sure because I don't want to break the needle. I'm specifically wondering:

-does anybody know where to get instructions on this from viking? (it's not in the manual for the 118)
-is it okay to use a bobbin as the second spool?
-how/where do I set up that second spool? (I have a vertical spool pin)
-how do I thread the needles?
-what foot do I use? (feet I have are buttonhole, adjustable blind hem, zipper, invisible zipper, non-stick glide, edging foot)

thanks

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Date: 10/2/10 8:55 PM

Oh - I remember that feeling! I had the manual and even though I have a twin spool pin, there were no instructions for the twin needle.

OK - yes, you can use a bobbin. If you don't have a second spool pin you do need to set something up. I use a strong, heavy drinking glass and just put the thread in there and lead it through the guides as usual. Those fancy thread towers are ok, but mine is a lot more spindly and fall-aparty than I like.

Lead both threads through the guides exactly as you would with one thread.

Use a zig zag foot. I don't think any other foot would give the right spacing for the twin. After inserting the needles and setting up the foot, do a gentle test run by hand and make sure the needles don't hit anything. Then you can thread 'em up and go for it!

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Date: 10/2/10 9:42 PM

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Use a zig zag foot. I don't think any other foot would give the right spacing for the twin. After inserting the needles and setting up the foot, do a gentle test run by hand and make sure the needles don't hit anything.

Just wanted to emphasize that ... and double check so your stitch selection will work not only with the presser foot but also the gaps in the throat plate ... because a twin needle can shatter into 8 pcs! Ask how I know ...

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Date: 3/22/13 0:48 AM

Does anyone know which stiches to use with twin needle (Viking Emerald 118)?

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Date: 3/22/13 4:47 AM

Straight stitch, usually a longer stitch - say 3 or 4mm for a faux coverstitch look.

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Date: 3/22/13 8:22 AM

Most instructions I've seen say to have one thread spool unwind in one direction and the other spool unwind the opposite way to prevent the threads from twisting together.

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Date: 3/23/13 2:52 PM

Quote: EdytaK
Does anyone know which stiches to use with twin needle (Viking Emerald 118)?


Usually this would be a straigh stitch.

However, you can do a very narrow zig-zag stitch as long as the swing of the needles do not hit the presser foot or opening in the needle plate.

Hand walk the first few stitches to make sure and if the needle does not clear the openings, then you will not break the needle.

Here is a tutorial with very clear pictures for doing a narrow zz stitch on knit fabric with a twin needle - BurdaStyle Tutorial.

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