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Thread: Twin needles for 401A

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    Twin needles for 401A

    Is there a special twin needle I need to use in my 401A? There are so many informed members here that I am sure someone will know. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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    I don't know for sure about the 401, but the 403 and the 500 don't need a twin needle...you just put two needles in side by side....

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    Yes, two needles go in.

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    Thanks Candace and Charlee, I knew you could help me. I'll try the two needless when I return from Goldsboro, NC next week. Going there (3.5 hours away) to take care of 3 adorable grandchildren. I go there once a month, these are my son Jimmy's little ones, ages 5, 7, and 9. Does it show that I am a proud grandmother? I hope so.

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    Thanks Charlee and Candace, I knew you could help me. Isn't this board wonderful. I'll try the two needles when I return from Goldsboro, NC (3.5 hours from my home.) next week. I drive up there every month for a week to take care of my son's three children while his wife works nights at the hospital.

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    Simply put two needles in that needle holder - works great - you might want to look in the manual. They do not hand evenly - you can do decorative stitches with the setting not too wide - you don't want to break the needles.
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    Thanks Miriam,

    I am trying this morning to install the two needles. Printed out those pages from the manual for guidance. When I get this thing rolling I will post pictures of the product.

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    The twin needles is one of the exciting features of the slant-o-matic zigzagers. You can put a different color in each needle. Very pretty stitches. You may not be able to set the length as fine as you can with one needle.
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    I have the 401A you do just put two needles in side by side.

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    Dumb question.

    If you put one needle in, it seems to go in just so. Doesn't want to giggle or squirm around. Does the second needle have it's own hole, or does it share the hole with the first one?

    I'll have to give this a try in the near future.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Dumb question.

    If you put one needle in, it seems to go in just so. Doesn't want to giggle or squirm around. Does the second needle have it's own hole, or does it share the hole with the first one?

    I'll have to give this a try in the near future.

    Joe
    You have to open it up wide enough to accept the two needles - then just tighten it up. Magic - holds fine on the ones I've tried it on.
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    OK so they fit in stacked front to back rather than side to side. I see said the blind man.

    Joe

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    nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooo they go side to side or they will break when they go in the throat plate and you have to have the flat side to the back
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    I am trying to cut out quilt strips, iron scraps, cogitate on the ailing EDISON, and picture in my pea brain how the needles go. Perhaps I should back up and just do one thing at a time for now. When I'm done with this part of my quilt cover I'll check out the 401A.

    Joe

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