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Date: 1/12/13 9:59 AM

Has anyone had success using a double-eye needle in a Bernina machiine?
I've been doing some decorative stitching on the denim tote project I've been working on and thought I'd like to try the DE needle with two different colored threads.
No dice. The thread jams in the bobbin and I get the gears locked message.
In comparing the DE with a regular single eye needle the DE appears to be just a trifle longer. I don't know if that would cause the problem or not.
Curious as to whether this is an issue only with certain machines.
I plan to try it on my Janome to see if it'll work there.


Bernina 830LE
Brother Dreamweaver VQ3000
Bernina B530
Janome 6600P
Pfaff 1209
Babylock Evolution
Janome 644D

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Date: 1/12/13 10:20 AM

I have not tried them myself, but here is some good information from the Punch With Judy website:

Create shading and texturing by using the Double Eye Needle that is for machines that take the 130H/705 system needles, the most popular universal type needle system.
Note: There is one eye above the other on the same needle, not like a Twin Needle whereby the shank of the needle is divided into two needles, each having an eye, side by side. They do NOT sew a zigzag stitch in most machines since the hook clearance will not catch the upper eye's thread. Use only for straight stitching. The Double Eye Needle has less of a scarf than the regular sewing machine needle, therefore care must be taken to "play" with the tension a little to make sure the stitch is balanced on the bottom. When feeding the thread, two vertical thread stands help to obtain an equally balanced feed tension. Machines vary and you may have to experiment a little until you achieve the desired effect.
Have fun experimenting with shading, texturing and topstitching


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Date: 1/12/13 10:49 AM

Schmetz Double Eye Needle on Amazon

I'm such a sucker for trying these kind of things!

Common sense (to me) says that if the threads are brought through these eyes together without one thread creating a loose "bump" (something less than a loop - heh heh), the upper thread should catch both.

I'm going to try these... But I don't think I'd attempt to use the automatic cutter ... Nor would I try to start the stitching without holding all three threads in the back with even tension.

-- Edited on 1/12/13 10:55 AM --

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