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Thread: Have you ever used two threads with a single needle?

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    Have you ever used two threads with a single needle?

    I was talking to a Babylock dealer this weekend and he was telling me that I could use two threads at the same time in a single needle on a reg. sewing machine. Of course it would be with a larger eye. Never knew you could do that. Has anyone tried this? How did it work?

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    Yes, you can. It can come out looking like sashiko emboridery if you do it right.

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    Does the thread tend to shred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    Does the thread tend to shred?

    And what size needle works best? thanks?

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    I do it all the time to redo the top stitching when I'm replacing jean zips, or altering jeans. It's not always easy to get a good colour match in top stitching thread so I used 2 threads and it works fine...and there are more colours to choose from
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    Yes I have used two threads in one needle. Once to get a thicker thread look, and the other with two different colors...when I do, each spool goes on it's own spool holder, one thread through each side of the tension disc(at least on my Bernina), and then from there thread as if one thread.

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    I have used 2 threads for machine embroidery but never for straight stitching.

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    I have always wanted to try this, is there a certain way the thread should come off each spool?
    PATCHSAMKIM: could you explanation n what you mean about going through the tension disc? My brain isn't working so well today.

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    I've tried but can't figure out how to thread the machine with two threads, even with reading the directions!

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    I've used two threads in one needle. Have done it successfully two different ways. The first and easiest way was I just took the two threads and treated them as one. Worked fine. I also did it placing one thread on one side of the upper tension disc and one thread on the other side of the upper tension disc. That also worked fine. I couldn't see any difference between the two, so now I just treat the two threads as one. I did not have any shedding. What I used it for was for doing black buttonhole stitching on appliques, so I was going pretty slowly.

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    I had never heard of this one before! I am going to have to try it!!!! Thank you!!!!

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    Interesting! What size needle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wishfulthinking View Post
    Interesting! What size needle?
    Whatever size fits the two threads together. I normally keep a size 80/12 in my machine. I don't think I up-sized that when I used two strands of regular thread (50wt 3-ply), but maybe I went up one size. It's been awhile. You would probably want a larger size and a topstitching needle if you are sewing fast. As I mentioned, I was going slowly to do machine applique,

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    I do it all the time. Especially with the invisible thread when I want a strong stitch but don't want to add any color to the quilt or wallhanging tops. I have a 10 spool thread stand that sits directly on my Babylock. I place the two spools side by side and thread both through one thread hole on the stand and I tie them to an existing strand of thread already threaded on the machine. Then I guide the thread through the machine, snip off the knot and single strand of thread, and then hand thread the 2 invisible threads through the needle. When using the invisible thread, I use a 90/14 needle when quilting and binding quilts and a 80/12 microtex sharp needle when making wallhangings using very thin batting. I have a huge amount of Tex 24 poly cone thread (3-6000 yds) that I double up also. My Babylock loves it and I don't need to touch the tension. I have the Babylock Ellegante BLG and the Babylock Jane. I do this for both machines without any problems. I mainly use the Tex 24 threads in the bobbin, and I have used Maxi lock, poly thread from ThreadArt, and poly embroidery thread just fine in the bobbin. I have so much poly thread that I have not invested in any cotton thread.

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    I've done it lots. You need to use a top stitching needle so it's a bigger eye. I even use 2 threads on my longarm too.

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    I did it without any difficulty. Just upped the needle size as needed. Did some samples to see what worked best for what I was doing. Results were great.
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    I have used 2 threads also, especially when I wanted to emphasize a certain area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith View Post
    I have always wanted to try this, is there a certain way the thread should come off each spool?
    PATCHSAMKIM: could you explanation n what you mean about going through the tension disc? My brain isn't working so well today.
    You need to place the thread spools on the machine in such a way that one thread will come off the spool clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. That way they don't get tangled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    I've tried but can't figure out how to thread the machine with two threads, even with reading the directions!
    I just put the 2 spools on different spool holders, then hold the two threads together and give them a little twist to joint them together a bit and then thread the machine as normal, treating the 2 threads as if they are one
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    I can't wait to try this with two thread colors!
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    This is interesting...might have to try it. Do all sewing machines have different sides of the tension disc? I have been sewing for years...first time I even thought of this!

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    I am going to have try this. I wonder how it would work on my Brother since I can see the tension disks etc they are all hidden. Vintage machine maybe?

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    I have been able to put 2 Aurifil threads through an 80/12 needle and had no problem. I want to try the double eye needle and see what that looks like as well.

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    I just did some finishing using a feather stitch. I used two threads through the needle and used pearlized thread in the bobbin. Really pretty finish!

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