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Date: 2/4/11 9:49 AM

The Nancy's Notions catalog I received at the end of the year resurfaced while I was looking for something else last night.

In between the 10,000 gadgets I somehow never knew I absolutely couldn't live without there are twin STRETCH needles

I always thought you used regular twin needles to do mock coverstitch hems on knits. My success with this technique has been average so I'm wondering if these would do the trick.

Any thoughts?

PS The other thing I was looking for, pocket patterns for a skirt I'm doing, are still MIA, arrgh!


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Date: 2/4/11 10:16 AM

Hi lakaribane,

I only use twin stretch needs for knit fabrics. I don't always get great results, but I think that is due to my inexperience. Are you looking for actual patterns for pockets?

I have a few links here on pockets in general, some tutorials and vintage inspiration:

http://vintagesewing.info/1930s/33-pt/pt-04.html#patchvar

http://sewingtutorials.blogspot.com/2008/05/pocket-constructions.html

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Date: 2/4/11 10:26 AM

I have been using the stretch twin quite a bit. I have been using it for the hems of t-shirts, knit dresses, and other knit separates. Since I don't have a serger, it really is one of the easiest finishes for knit clothes. I used to use a regular double needle, but, I think that the knit double needle seems to be a little less finicky about stretchy knits.

Barb S.

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Date: 2/4/11 11:05 AM

Christine, I actually never read that the twin needles were actually stretch. Since it was never mentioned that I saw, I just used regular twin needles.

I'm going to add them to my list.

As for the pockets, I meant that I misplaced the pattern pieces for the Italian pockets (slanted?) on my Burda skirt in the...chaos of my sewing nook, LOL! But thank you for the link!

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Date: 2/4/11 11:06 AM

Barb, you've sold me on the concept! Thank you for your testimony.

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Date: 2/4/11 11:25 AM

Lakaribane, I used to use my twin Ballpoints and twin Stretch needles all the time before I got my coverstitch machine - I found I had way fewer skipped stitches with those on knits as opposed to the twin universals.

(and please please remind me and I'll send you my twin needle stash in your next parcel. I haven't used them at all since I got the coverstitch so you might as well make use of them!)

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Date: 2/4/11 11:28 AM

I agree with Barb. I've used the stretch twin needle to hem knits & have been very pleased with the results.

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Date: 2/4/11 1:09 PM

Yes, they make a big difference IME. The twin stretch are hard to find, but I have found they skip stitches a lot less than regular twin needles, when working with tightly-woven knits.

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Date: 2/4/11 1:15 PM

I get far fewer skipped stitches with twin stretch than twin ballpoint needles on my knit hems. I *always* use twin stretch needles on these hems now.

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Date: 2/4/11 1:18 PM

I agree -- almost no skipped stitches with the stretch twin needles! I buy them almost exclusively.

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