Member since 7/25/08
Date: 4/22/14 7:23 AM
JA only carries 1 Schmetz twin needle at $5+.
What do you use a twin for most other than hems?
Found this online, any thoughts? Seems the bobbin can
give the most frustration.
Would like to try the twin decorative stitches for GK dresses so it looks like smocking.
Member since 5/2/09
In reply to gramma b
Date: 5/1/14 2:00 AM
They are expensive, it's actually much cheaper needle wise, to just use two separate needles to do a real cover stitch on a real overlocker or cover stitch machine over a long time, for all knit hems like that, rather than a twin needle in a sewing machine, particular if you break them often. I actually never liked that use for them anyways though, so one reason I got an overlocker with a real cover stitch in it. But when you think about it, for every 10 twin needles at $5 each you buy, that is also $50 you would have instead, if you did not buy them and put it towards a machine that did a real cover stitch for knits, even without needing any twin needles at all. So that does add up right there even.
I also don't use them for top stitching either, or sewing on a ribbon, just because I can often use the real cover stitch for that, and not have to pay for any twin needles when doing it with that instead.
I do like and use twin needles in a sewing machine for pin tucks on wovens though. Just since you can do that and pivot around corners and such with a lot more control than using a overlocker cover stitch for that. Also, if you like satin stitch scallops they look nice in two shades of thread sewn out with a twin needle. Also some other decorative stitches with them sometimes.
Not sure if the spacing of them, on that chart is all that helpful though, just since if using for pin tucks the spacing should just match up with the grooves on the bottom of any particular pin tuck foot you happen have, not just a chart anyplace instead. Also the spacing of them just sort of has to match up, to even any decorative stitches in your machine, as you have to then get them small enough in width, to even use a twin needle. Having a 9mm wide zig zag swing and stitch plate hole, I think helps on that, over just a 7mm or 5mm one for decorative stitch use.