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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > How Do You Know if a Machine Has Twin Needle Ability? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/11/13 3:34 PM

What are the requirements for twin needle stitching? How can I just look at a machine and know if it will be able to do that?
I'm interested in being able to make my projects look more RTW.

I downloaded the Janome Magnolia 7330 manual from Janome's site and I can't find a mention anywhere of this. If the manual doesn't mention it, I'm lost.
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Date: 6/11/13 4:22 PM

If they can do a zig zag, and have a round bobbin, the bobbin is front loading or drop in bobbin, and the needle's flat back faces the back of the machine, then you could put a twin needle in them, (what ever it was) and get that faux/fake coverstitch look, with two parallel lines of straight stitch on the top of the fabric, and have your zig zag on the back of the fabric.

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Date: 6/11/13 4:52 PM

Set the needle position at center. You will have to hand thread as the machine's needle threader will not work for this type of needle.

Hand walk the first couple of stitches to make sure the needles will not hit the opening in the needle plate or the presser foot.

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Date: 6/11/13 5:56 PM

If the machine has no extra spool pin, just use a thread stand or put the spool or cone in a can or jar on something to raise it up some and thread it up into the machine - here is a nice graphic on twin needle sewing, and although it addresses Pintucks, the advice on threading and where to put the threads is universal - you can use it to apply to whatever machine you have by taking a look at your own machine threading and thread path!

Good luck!

Singer info sheet on double needle and pintucks

Nancy has a nice video on double needle sewing as well!

Nancy on Double Needle sewing
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Date: 6/11/13 6:42 PM

It was my understanding that any machine that threads from front to back (as opposed to side threading) was capable of twin-needle stitching. Almost all of these machines will use at least a 2.0 twin, some wider.

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Date: 6/11/13 9:22 PM

Wow! Thanks guys!
I was afraid I wouldn't get any replies. Everyone has been so helpful!
I'm looking at buying a used Kenmore sm (or maybe a Janome Magnolia;) ) and so I watched a video about the Kenmore model. In it, the lady says it can't, but I couldn't understand why because the audio on my computer is terrible! Skip to the 3:40 mark to hear her discuss why it can't do twin needle work. Youtube link

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Date: 6/11/13 9:29 PM

Thank you!
Those are two great references!

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Date: 6/11/13 10:01 PM

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If they can do a zig zag, and have a round bobbin, the bobbin is front loading or drop in bobbin, ......

That machine does NOT have a front loading or drop in bobbin, so NO. It will not take a twin needle.

The needle threads from the left side to the right, correct?

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Date: 6/11/13 10:39 PM

Just don't try to put a twin needle into a machine that doesn't have a zig zag stitch, or is wearing a straight stitch foot.

*threads unsuitable machine and starts sewing*
*CRUNCH*
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Date: 6/12/13 5:09 PM

The reason the machine can't take a double needle has nothing to do with the bobbin. It has a standard front loading bobbin, I'm pretty sure the video shows you that.

It can't take one because of the orientation of the needle. On a machine needle one side is flat. Most machines hold the needle so that the flat side is toward the back of the machine, this machine holds the machine so the flat side is on one side. Because of this if you put a twin needle in it would line up the wrong way.

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