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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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Date: 1/15/12 1:42 AM

Brilliant! Thank you andye - must look for these!

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Date: 1/15/12 9:03 AM

Good tip, thanks for posting.
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Date: 1/15/12 6:07 PM

That's really cool! I've never seen these needles before but I'll keep an eye out for them...

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Date: 1/15/12 6:12 PM

I inherited a bunch of magic needles, now I know what to do with them!
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Date: 1/16/12 6:38 PM

That is so cool! I've often wanted a really long stitch for basting. I'll have to try that. I have the 630, which has the CB hook... wonder if it will work on that one?
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In reply to andye

Date: 1/16/12 11:23 PM

That is awesome. Thank you.

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