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Date: 7/10/13 8:12 AM

How do I know if my machine uses a double needle. It doesn't say in the mannual anything about it. I have a janome new home model 108.

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Date: 7/10/13 9:02 AM

A good indicator is if there's two spots/guides/thread holder thingy for threads near the shank. It's difficult to describe buy it's the area where you thread your thread, right before you thread it into the needle.

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Date: 7/10/13 9:11 AM

It has two spool holders and a place near the top of the needle where you can put thread on each side of it. But the threads will be threaded together everywhere else. Won't the threads ge tangled?

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Date: 7/10/13 9:21 AM

The first time I tried using a double needle I felt just like that. I was really hesitant but indeed, just thread them both and when you get to the needle there is (on mine anyway) a hook for the left and a hook for the right thread, then thread each needle.

It's pretty odd, but go for it, it's really nice :)

Oh, I think I already had my bobbin thread 'up' before I changed the needle, I think...

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Date: 7/10/13 9:59 AM

well I tried it. I must be doing something wrong because the thread just pulls right out like its not even sewing

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Date: 7/10/13 10:02 AM

I was surprised that the threads didn't tangle and a bit frustrated that my manual did not include any instructions for how to use twin needles. If you use wooly nylon in the bobbin, remember to hand wind it.

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Date: 7/10/13 10:10 AM

Check your tension discs to be sure you have two separate sets. Thread one thread, usually the one on the top that you use normally, through the usual disc and thread the subsequent thread through the other disc.

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Date: 7/10/13 10:30 AM

On my machine (Janome SMD1000) I do have to thread both spools identically, only threading them different when I get to that last hook before the needle, where one goes to each side. I have no idea how it works!! I've used it threaded that way, but I can't really remember if the bobbin thread was already up or if I brought the bobbin thread up with the double needle.
I didn't have any instruction either, but it did sew fine. Nice even.

suzykue did you hold the 3 threads to the back as you started sewing? Try that, and just turn the wheel to see if it will start off ok. Even with single thread mine sometimes does that, forgets to bring the thread LOL

Good luck!

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Date: 7/10/13 11:28 AM

Any machine that threads from front to back will sew with a double needle, as long as the hole on the plate is wide enough to accommodate the needle. If you don't have three tension discs, then you just run the thread through the one set, being careful not to twist it. Of course, you will need two spool pins or a way to hold two spools on top.
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Date: 7/10/13 11:58 AM

I believe any zig zag machine well take a double needle.

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