Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Sewing Machines > Twin needle ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Twin needle
Will any machine take a double needle?
halleyscomet
starstarstar
halleyscomet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
PA USA
Member since 3/27/07
Posts: 1528
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/15/13 7:40 PM

I'm finishing some pants with a front seam that I'd like to do some topstitching to. I have a new Janome 3160QDC and I don't see in the manual about using a double needle.
-- Edited on 10/15/13 7:43 PM --

ajoseph
ajoseph  Friend of PR
Member since 10/10/12
Posts: 176
Login to reply to this post

In reply to halleyscomet <<


Date: 10/15/13 7:56 PM

i have yet to use a twin needle. my current machines do take twin needles. i am guessing, that if your machine has a wide/zig/zag hole in the stitch plate that a double needle will fit into, then it should work. by hand, before inserting the double needle into the machine, see if the needle will fit into the stitch plate hole. if yes, then put the twin needle in the machine. turn the wheel by hand a few revolutions to see if it goes up & down freely. if all goes well, thread it and test again with some fabric. good luck. u can also email Janome and ask them.

Nancy K
starstarstar
Nancy K
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 12/28/04
Posts: 8070
online now
Login to reply to this post

In reply to halleyscomet <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 10/15/13 8:06 PM

You need a zig zag plate and two thread spindles. I prefer just doing two rows of stitching. Double needles are expensive and you can't easily turn a sharp corner with them.

------
www.nancyksews.blogspot.com

halleyscomet
starstarstar
halleyscomet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
PA USA
Member since 3/27/07
Posts: 1528
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Nancy K <<


Date: 10/15/13 8:08 PM

Think I'll just do two rows of stitching.

AminaHijabi
AminaHijabi
Advanced Beginner
Member since 10/22/10
Posts: 1095
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 6 members like this.
Date: 10/15/13 8:29 PM

you don't need two spindles to do twin needle. fill a bobbin for your second thread, put it on the same spindle and just have the threads coming off opposite directions (one unwinds clockwise, the other counter clockwise) and thread them both as normal through the thread path and thread the needles. you can't use the automatic needle threader. it's really quite simple and the twin needle gives better results on knits than two rows of straight stitching for me.

SewLibra
star
SewLibra  Friend of PR
Intermediate
CA USA
Member since 12/2/08
Posts: 696
Login to reply to this post

In reply to AminaHijabi <<


Date: 10/16/13 1:13 AM

That's very interesting about using a bobbin instead of a second spool of thread. I don't know why I never thought of that - duh! I have several double needles in different widths, but usually end up doing two rows of stitching because I don't have two spools of thread the same color. I have two spindles on both machines, so I assume the bobbin can go on one of them. Thanks!

------
SewLibra
Brother SB4138, Bernina 1008, Brother 1034D, Janome Harmony 9102D

frellit
frellit
Beginner
AUSTRALIA
Member since 5/28/12
Posts: 36
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/16/13 1:54 AM

I wasn't able to use a twin needle in my own New Home as it faced the wrong way. (Front to back rather than side to side.) This was in a machine that was threaded left to right through the eye, rather than front to back like my modern Viking.

TGWGWS
TGWGWS  Friend of PR
Advanced
TX USA
Member since 8/15/08
Posts: 215
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/16/13 1:42 PM

I can never get two rows of stitching to look as good as the seam done with a double needle. Try the double needle and see if it works and if you like it.

------
tgwgws

Marie367
Marie367  Friend of PR
Intermediate
OH USA
Member since 5/28/11
Posts: 2218
Login to reply to this post

In reply to halleyscomet <<


Date: 10/22/13 4:42 PM

I am sure you can use a double needle. I have had trouble with the thread breaking when I am wearing it. Someone on here suggested putting wooly nylon on the bobbin (you have to hand wind it) when using a double needle. I haven't tried that. You do need a slightly looser tension and a longer stitch. I solved my problem and bought a combo serger with coverstitch. On some things (prints mostly) I will just do one row of a very narrow zigzag so it depends on the look you want.

Maripat
Maripat  Friend of PR
Advanced
OH USA
Member since 10/11/08
Posts: 576
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/23/13 7:22 AM

Double needles have different widths?? Who knew?
Thanks for that!

------
"You are in charge of your own ride!"

LearningAlterations.com

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> Twin needle

Merchants on PR
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Blueprints to Blue Jeans
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Blueprints to Blue Jeans

Online Sewing Classes
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Break your Serger Out of the Box

Self Drafted Pattern 31268-1004 Lap Quilt
photo
Review by MrsKeds on 1/11/09
Read Review

SewBaby Bath Puppet Pals Pattern
SewBaby Bath Puppet Pals Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewn Square One Go Anywhere Dress Pattern
Sewn Square One Go Anywhere Dress Pattern

Details
Price: $12.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Annabelle Hat Digital Pattern ( Size 0-10 years )
Peek-A Boo Annabelle Hat Digital Pattern ( Size 0-10 years )

Details
Price: $4.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sis Boom Lucy Dress Digital Pattern
Sis Boom Lucy Dress Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $10.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

BurdaStyle Magazine 07-2008-123 Tunic
photo
Review by Natasha B on 11/7/08
Read Review

McCalls 6804 Pattern ( Size )
McCalls 6804 Pattern ( Size  )

Details
Price: $17.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8988 Pattern ( Size 40-42-44-46 )
Vogue 8988 Pattern ( Size 40-42-44-46 )

Details
Price: $30.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN