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using a twin needle on Brother se400??
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Date: 6/21/12 2:40 PM

Has anyone used a twin needle on a brother or other sewing machine? I don't have a serger yet. I am trying to get that cover stitch look. I used a twin needle but.........
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Date: 6/21/12 3:47 PM

I have had some success with using varying widths of twin needles on my Brother ES2000. If the material is lightweight it does "tunnel" but that can be fixed with stabilizer or starch. I really love the look you get. My serger won't do a coverstitch - maybe someday.
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Date: 6/21/12 4:12 PM

Yes, I have used a twin-needle on my Janome. It's a cute effect, and good for knits.
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Date: 6/21/12 5:49 PM

Yes, I've used a twin needle to good effect on both knits and wovens. You will have to experiment. First, twin needles come with different spacing (the distance between the needles and hence the space between the two lines of stitching). They also come in regular and ball point, for jersey knit.

So first, choose the right needle for your project. Then try one or more of these steps to get two lines of stitching that lay flat, with no pinching between them. Test on scraps first!
1. Loosen the top tension a lot -- I put mine (on an Elna) on 1.
2. Stabilize the fabric. Steam-a-seam Lite 2 has worked well for me on knit hems.
3. Try wooly nylon thread in the bobbin. Wooly nylon is a special, very stretchy thread that must be hand-wound loosely on the bobbin. This is not as hard as it sounds. Because the bobbin thread will be on the wrong side, color matching is not important, so one spool of wooly nylon will work for most colors.

I'd be happy to hear other hints -- this is just what I've learned.
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Date: 6/22/12 1:46 AM

For my Pfaff I bought an extra bobbin case because I have to reduce the bobbin tension to nearly (but not quite) nothing to get a double needle not to tunnel. I used it all the time until I got my coverstitch.
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Date: 6/22/12 9:01 AM

I just used a twin needle to hem the neck of a top I am making. Do internet research on how to thread it, as it comes with no directions. Make sure each spool of thread feeds opposite the other, the threads must lie on either side of the take up arm and one thread goes throught the hook next to the needle and one doesn't. The reason is both threads need to feed separately. You can loosen the thread tension to get it to lie flat, and for knits, use the stretch double needle. Within this, you can play around with interfacing or reinforement and loosening the bobbin tension.
Good luck.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:36 PM

I tried everything but I could not get the twin needle to sew a nice mock coverstitch seam on a cotton knit on my PC 420. I am 90% sure I put the same needle on my Bernina 1230 and it did a very nice job on the first try. I cannot promise that I used a twin needle for knits on the Brother, but I know I did on the Bernina.
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Date: 7/6/12 4:14 AM

yes, I've used it on my Brother. Some times it works, a lot of the time it doesn't (skipping stitches, tunnelling etc.) - I think it's the fabric rather than the machine ....

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