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You shouldn't have to but you might want to use a ball point needle for stretchy fabrics and stretch the fabric slightly when you sew.

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I just need instructions to thread a Bernina Virtuosa 160 for pintucking


Your owner's manual should have instructions for using a twin needle.

Most machines can use a twin needle. However, some machines have two tension disks so one can separate the two threads and get equal tension. (The Bernina 930 has two tension disks, so am assuming your newer machine does also.) Look at the top of your machine where the tension mechanism resides and see if there is a right and left side. In either case, do NOT thread both threads at the same time as the threads can become twisted. When threading the machine, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot, thread one thread completely. If threading the left side of the tension disk, also thread the left needle. Then thread the second thread, making sure to use the other side of the tension disk and needle.

Just a reminder to be careful using any zig-zag or decorative stitches since a twin needle requires a narrower stitch width to avoid broken needles.

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I'm trying to hem stretchy fabric with twin needles but the fabric keeps bunching up under the foot and jams the bobbin. What am I doing wrong?


make sure the twin needles are schmetz ball point needles
also make sure the top thread has not come off the top thread take up lever
also try some wash-away stablizer
also adjust the tension as needed

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What kind of twin needle can I use on my Viking 1?


see your authorized Viking dealer for a selection of twin needles and advice on how to use them.

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Twin needle tension problem


Hi, Tania
Chances are that you're using a universal point twin needle, designed for sewing on woven fabrics. Twin needles also come with a ballpoint which is what you need for knit fabrics
A ballpoint or stretch needle has a rounded tip that will separate the knit fibers as it penetrates the fabric instead of breaking through them. A universal needle may not catch the bobbin thread on both needles when used on knit fabrics; this is necessary for proper stitch formation.

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Can singer 4423 use twin needle


did you get a manual with it, it will tell.
singer has a free pdf download here's the link
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1248_4423_heavy-duty_esf.pdf

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I need to hem a t-shirt but not sure how...ie: type of stitch,length,needle et...do I need to zig zag first then finish off with a stretch stitch ? Thanks


The best way to hem around a garment where the seam is going to receive stretching during wearing is with a stretch twin (double) needle.

Pretty easy, just turn up an even hem of 15mm right around the hem line (I am assuming that the bottom edge is even, if not, trim it up first), and press this hem allowance up, pin if you have a jersey that won't stay flat but many cotton knits are fine and the pressing will be enough.

Then thread up your sewing machine for twin needle sewing, refer to your manual if you have never done this before. You will thread two spools of same colour thread up on top of the machine and bring both threads through all threading points down to your needle, then one through each needle eye. Some machines will have a tension device where you can run each thread on either side of a tension disc, most will have twin spools on top of the machine to hold both spools.

You need a stretch twin needle, Schmetz do these in two sizes,
Stretch Twin
Size:
2.5/75, 4.0/75
Twin needles look like this.
tally_girl_65.jpg I prefer the 2.5mm gap between the needles. Dont try with a regular twin, it must be stretch needle with ball point points. On some computerised machines, you need a twin needle with a blue bridge, on mechanical machines it will have a red bridge (something to do with horizonal hooks I think). But read your manual or look in your accessory box, your machine may have come with a twin needle and if so, make a note of the needle bridgecolour, then buy that one next time.

Now, set the machine for a straight stitch and place the garment right side up, with the folded hem allowance underneath on the sewing machine and align the folded edge on your 10mm marking. Start at a side seam, and stitch SLOWLY around the whole hem line until you get back to the starting point. Stop, cut your threads and press again. Voila done. I never bother to zigzag a knit fabric, just stitch it. Knits don't fray.

Aug 20, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Skips a few stitches when using a double needle. I'm using a recently acquired old Pfaff Hobbymatic and have used a double needle before on a Singer. When I tried sewing, it will stitch but then skip a...


firstly are you using a regular twin needle on a knit fabric? this could cause skipped stitches.
is the twin needle quite old and possibly blunt?

Is the Hobbymatic a model that requires a slanted twin needle, there are two types of twin needles as the computerised machines need the offset style. You can distinguish between them by the plastic block on the needle shaft where the twin needle points are set, either red or a deep brown colour.

If none of the above apply, then it is possible that the timing sequence is slightly off so that one of the needle's thread is not getting caught during the stitching.

Timing is an adjustment that I leave to the technician to address. But if you want to have a go yourself there may be some videos on you-tube for your model and how to make this adjustment to it.

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Hemming stretch fabrics


You can use a twin needle if you want the look of top stitching (like t-shirt).

For the blind hem, you need to baste the hem and then the fold so they do not shift as the machine stitches the hem.

I like to test each of these techniques by making a sample with the same fabric and adjusting length when using the twin needle or width and length when doing the blind hem.

Twin needle does limit the stitching to a straight stitch or a very, very narrow zig-zag - this has to be hand walked to be sure neither swing hits the presser foot or needle plate before stitching.

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