Date: 1/15/12 1:30 AM
The Bernina manuals used to suggest a special Double-eyed needle for basting. They seem to be hard to find these days, but I found a package of Double eyed needles at my dealer and thought I'd give them a try.
Notice the two eyes at the tip of the needle. Nowadays, most people pass two threads, of contrasting colors through the eyes, in hopes of getting a multicolored stitch.
If you pass a single thread through the top hole only, and set the stitch to a wide zigzag, the top thread only catches the bobbin thread on the left hand side of the zigzag-- what results is a straight stitch twice as long as the zigzag: 10mm long instead of 5mm long-- and slightly loose. Perfect for basting.
Note: My machine is a Bernina 330, which uses essentially the same oscillating mechanism as the early Berninas. No guarantees if you have a different type of machine-- though I'm curious either way.
-- Edited on 1/15/12 2:04 AM --
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