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Thread: Double Eye Needles for quilting on a machine

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    I was reading through the list of classes that are being offered at the sewingexpo in october this year, and I read about using a double eye sewing machine needle...has anyone used these needles in their machinie? I would love to see some pictures or read some comments about your experience. I cannot imagine trying to thread these new needles..

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    It sounds like a painful thing. I never knew that a double eye needle existed.

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    never heard of it, i've used two threads before but only one eye :shock:
    eta, and i've used a double needle

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    They usually send at least one "double needle" sample in the newer machines. (At least all the ones I've bought) You can get them at any store that sells regular machine needles. They also send an extra spool pin for the second spool of thread with threading directions.

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    well, I guess I had better take the class...I am sooooo curious! I love new sewing techniques and gadgets!

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    After reading about them I immediately went online, but I cannot figure out why you would use it, or how it would look on the material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinsburgQuilter
    After reading about them I immediately went online, but I cannot figure out why you would use it, or how it would look on the material.
    http://schmetzneedles.blogspot.com/2...-dare-you.html

    It looks interesting..

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    Ah, now I see what they are getting at. I've done exactly the same thing, but putting both threads through the same eye. You do need a larger eyed needle to allow for the two thicknesses of thread and I always make sure that the spools are going in opposite directions on the top of my machine, so they don't get tangled up. After that, go fairly slowly.

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    I'm intrigued by this... may have to try it :D I understand the thread coming off in opposite directions, but what about the rest of the threading? no issues running 2 threads through the tensioner etc?

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    That is cool, love the look ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    I'm intrigued by this... may have to try it :D I understand the thread coming off in opposite directions, but what about the rest of the threading? no issues running 2 threads through the tensioner etc?
    I've run two threads through; never a problem with the tensioner or anything else. Just treat the two threads as if they were one when threading the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    I'm intrigued by this... may have to try it :D I understand the thread coming off in opposite directions, but what about the rest of the threading? no issues running 2 threads through the tensioner etc?
    I've run two threads through; never a problem with the tensioner or anything else. Just treat the two threads as if they were one when threading the machine.
    :thumbup: Thank you! I see what's in store for my afternoon :)

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    Oh, I should mention that you need to loosen the upper tension. It's as if you are using a thicker thread!

    I used this method for machine applique with black thread, to make the stitches look heavier (as if done by hand with embroidery thread). However, you can get the same effect just by using a thicker thread on top.

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    Can't wait to try this with the blanket stitch for applique.

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    It is fun to use two different colored threads too :D:D:D

    I would be afraid that a double eyed needle wouldn't be as strong as a single eyed. This could be problematic in the quilting process more so than on single layers of fabric.
    I would however like more info on it as I am very curious about them now :D:D:D

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    I've done it but never as the quilting... the back is messy in my opinion. it is all zig zag and not always pretty.

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    Never thought of threading the machine with two threads. Just learned something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripped on Scotch
    I've done it but never as the quilting... the back is messy in my opinion. it is all zig zag and not always pretty.
    Just to clarify:

    The zigzag on the back is with a double needle (2 needles on one shaft). I think the OP was talking about a single needle with 2 eyes (which I have never seen; does this make the zigzag on the back too?).

    What I was describing was simply treating 2 threads as one in a single eye (regular) needle. This makes just a regular stitch (no zigzag on back) but with a heavier layer of thread on top.

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    The only problem I see with the double holed needle is will the hook assembly be able to grab the second thread? On a double needle it will because the threads are at the same depth as it normally would be if using a regular needle.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    Quote Originally Posted by MartinsburgQuilter
    After reading about them I immediately went online, but I cannot figure out why you would use it, or how it would look on the material.
    http://schmetzneedles.blogspot.com/2...-dare-you.html

    It looks interesting..
    It DOES look interesting... although I wish they had used solid fabrics for the example, with contrasting thread. I'm having a hard time seeing exactly what the effect ends up being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    The only problem I see with the double holed needle is will the hook assembly be able to grab the second thread? On a double needle it will because the threads are at the same depth as it normally would be if using a regular needle.

    Billy
    guess we'll have to try it! :D

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    Wow I have to try this!

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    I use Sewers Aid when I use my twin needle (two needles one shaft) just to make sure there is no mixing it up with the threads in the tension disks.
    Wouldn't using one thick thread (embroidery floss)be better than two threads in one eye?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching
    I use Sewers Aid when I use my twin needle (two needles one shaft) just to make sure there is no mixing it up with the threads in the tension disks.
    Wouldn't using one thick thread (embroidery floss)be better than two threads in one eye?
    unless you were using 2 different colors maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    I'm intrigued by this... may have to try it :D I understand the thread coming off in opposite directions, but what about the rest of the threading? no issues running 2 threads through the tensioner etc?
    It would be the same as when you use a double or tripple needle; they share the same tension and split off at the needles. If your machine uses double needles check your manual for threading;most machines use them now

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