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

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Twin needle
Will any machine take a double needle?
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Date: 10/15/13 8:08 PM

Think I'll just do two rows of stitching.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Date: 10/23/13 7:22 AM

Double needles have different widths?? Who knew?
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