No this isn't another post about my twins, rather the wonders and joys of the twin needle.
I really enjoy sewing knits. They are quick and easy. Knits don't usually need closure of any kind so no zips or button holes and they don't require fitting lines. Best of all they are comfortable to wear and don't need ironing.
The TRICK to getting a professional look when you sew knits is how you finish it. This is where you need a twin needle.
What is a Twin Needle
Different types of Twin Needles
Then within each category, you have the option of widths. This is about the distance between the two needles. This is mainly aesthetic and when sewing hems on knits, I prefer a larger gap - such as hte 4,0/75 as I find the hems sit flatter. I find with the narrower twin needle, the fabric between the two rows of stitches pops up a little.
How do I thread the machine?
The bobbin is the same as usual.
Insert the twin needle into the needle clamp ensuring it is pushed up as high as it will go.
You will need two top threads - again these are threaded as normal. Sometimes through the tension or the thread take up lever there may be option for the threads to go on opposite sides. If there are, take this option, but don't worry if there is not. The threads can be threaded together all the way to the needle. ( I have used difference colours for the demonstration - normally these would be the same)
At this point, thread each needle with a separate cotton. Pull the tails to the back.
How does it work?