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    Senior Member yonnikka's Avatar
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    How many of you out there have one of those "Twin Needles" for your machine? My new machine has one, which I have not yet tried to use. I'm tempted to experiement, but also I'd like to hear from Others, how you use your Twin Needle. Show us some photos. Is it only decorative? Or are there practical purposes? Do Tell!

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    My Mom is gone now, but when she made t-shirts for everyone she used the twin needle for the topstitching on sleeves and hem.

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    i have not used one *yet* but think it would be neat to use on a quilt to do some straight line quilting! Not for the faint of heart ;-)

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    I've been sewing since the 70's and have yet to use the twin needles, although I do have a couple packages of them. LOL

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    I used to make my clothes as a teenager (early 70's) and used them for top-stitching. Haven't used them since though.

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    I've never used mine. I doubt I would ever use it for quilting. The front would look nice. But doesn't the back side appear like a zig-zag stitch? At least, that's what I've always thought.

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    I use my double needle when I have to shorten a T-shirt. It makes the hem look just like the original hem on them. Don't use to much but they work great for that.

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    When I did heirloom sewing I used them all the time. Mostly for pintucks. I have seen pintucks on quilt tops before and they are very pretty. Here are some pictures of a quilt from SkeldaleHouse.com - she has some beautiful machine embroidery programs.
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    You have to use them for pintucks. I use that technique on pillows and girl's clothes.

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    I have them never figured out how to use them so they stay in there package in my junk box.

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    UH, What is a pintuck ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wichypoo
    UH, What is a pintuck ?
    Adorable technique. You cut a large piece of fabric and using a special foot and the twin needle, the fabric is pushed up in the center and stitched on both sides. You do this for several rows. Used a lot on Pinafores for little girls. Can be used on blouses, aprons, pillows, very decorative.

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    Twin needles come in a variety of sizes. They can really make those built-in stitches on your machine look more interesting (especially with two different thread colors). Don't forget the double needle that has a regular needle and a wing needle for heirloom stitching (it looks really nice).

    If you are wanting to make a stained glass quilt you can use the twin needle to stitch down the bias tape. It works best on straight areas and really gentle curves.

    This is one of those things that you really should play with because you will be surprised at the look.

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    But how is it used? Two reels of thread or one thread put through both needles?

    Help!!!

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    Two different threads, one through each needle. But you can put some thread from a spool onto a bobbin and not have to buy a second spool for the same color.

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    I use twin needles to sew on 1/4" bias binding when I use it for applique, like flower stems, vines, or basket handles, etc. Also the wider twin needles are great for top stitching, just don't thread the needle that is sewing in the seamline.

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    Twin needles are the only way to get perfectly parallel lines. Great for topstitching, but the back is not especially pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Two different threads, one through each needle. But you can put some thread from a spool onto a bobbin and not have to buy a second spool for the same color.
    Thanks Nancy.... I think I will have to give it a go!

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    I forgot that I had used them for the pintuck. I also use it to sew the bias on my emboridery tile scenes.

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    I used double needle for sewing on doll hair , wrap yarn around book for length of hair you are needing put 1/2 inch masking tape down one side of book on top of yarn cut yarn on other side of book sew down center of masking tape .Attach yarn to dolls head on center back .I make poney tails for my dolls this way .

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    As long as you don't mind how the back of the quilt looks, you can use them for quilting and get some fun results...can even quilt with some of your decorative stitches...it is even possible to do free motion work...but be careful not to pull on the quilt as you can break needles if you do...and the twin needles aren't cheap. Try playing with one and see what you think!

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    Twin needles are great for sewing on narrow bias binding, like the kind used for celtic or stained glass window designs. I recently used them for a spider web quilt I made my nephew.

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    A friend of mine uses the 1/4 inch twin needles to outline quilting. She only threads the outside one and uses the inside one to follow the seam down. I haven't tried it yet.

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    A friend of mine uses the 1/4 inch twin needles to outline quilting. She only threads the outside one and uses the inside one to follow the seam down. I haven't tried it yet.

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    I use the twin needles to hem T-shirts when I shorten them Looks just like the oiginal hem

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