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Date: 12/23/03 3:01 PM

I love using twin-needles to hem jersey tops but I'm having a problem - the stitching breaks when I wear the garment. Obviously, there's not enough stretch (and I don't think the shiny rayon thread was the best choice).  I've just been folding over the hem and straight stitching.  It seemed to make a kind of zig-zag on the back and I thought that would work. Should I use a stretch-stitch instead? What about that fluffy thread that's supposed to stretch more than regular thread. Or is it never going to work with a close-fit top? (Where I actually need that stretch to get it on and off)

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Date: 12/23/03 6:50 PM

Hi Sewbusy

You're takling about woolly nylon, the stretchy thread. Yes, it will make a difference to the stretch of the stitch. You put it in the bobbin. Lots of people hand-wind the bobbins, but if you're careful and use a very slow speed it is possible to machine-wind.

The other thing you might find helps is lengthening your stitch

Play around with some samples, but these should give you good results & stop the stitches popping.

I know this has been discussed before, you could search in Gigi's expert forum for twin needle hem and see what comes up.

:) Mel

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Date: 12/28/03 4:24 AM

When I'm doing a twin needle hem, I use a long stitch length, and stretch what I'm sewing gently, to get as much thread in the hem as possible without distorting it.  I've never gotten around to hunting out woolly nylon, so I've only ever used regular thread.  Very occasionally I get a popped stitch, but usually the hems hold up very well.

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Date: 12/28/03 6:02 AM

Try loosening the tension on the stitch as well.  I also find that the rayon thread is much worse at this than "normal" polyester thread...
Good luck!

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Date: 1/3/04 4:23 PM

Thanks, ladies.  I did what you suggested and it worked great!! :winkgrin:

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Date: 4/28/10 2:34 PM

Is there a method to simulate picoting on edges of doll clothing? I have heard somewhere that some method using a serger possibly could do this, but I have never seen this. Anyone know about a method? Thank you.

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Date: 9/5/13 2:09 PM

How do you line up the inside hem edge when planning to use a double needle to stitch? Do you have to go to the trouble to baste the hem to make sure you catch it in the stitching? I hate to have to trim it after sewing.

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Date: 9/5/13 4:05 PM

Another technique for twin needle hems: Set your machine to the shallowest zigzag stitch possible. Your eye will see it as straight lines, but it will give your garment hem extra stretch.

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Date: 9/5/13 4:15 PM

I use dolphin's tip all the time. It works very well on many fabrics.

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Date: 9/5/13 4:19 PM

It is often less trouble to do the basting. However, lots of people use a light bonding web like Steam A Seam to position the hem before the final stitching (or even in place of the final stitching). This can help prevent rippling, too.

Take a look at this discussion.

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