How to Use a Twin Needle

I love it when I master new sewing skills.  Being able to do something well makes the difference in my finished sewing, from looking a bit home-made to looking pretty damn good.  The Sewing with Knits course introduced me to how to use a twin needle, especially for hemming knit fabrics.  But it has other uses too.

how to use a twin needle

Do you remember my cowl neck dress?  I struggled so much finishing the hem on that dress that it just kept getting shorter and shorter as I cut off more botched attempts until eventually, I left the hem unfinished!  This was what prompted me to sign up for the Sewing with Knits course, and eventually, I was able to master the use of the twin or double-needle and now I hem my knit fabrics with confidence. The finish looks really good and it just shows how you can get a good result on knit fabrics without any special stitches or serger – the twin needle stitched hemline just uses a regular straight stitch!

The twin needle can be used for a neat finish to hems, cuffs, necklines, and sleeves on your stretch projects, but did you know that you can also get really pretty results using it with decorative stitches and different colored thread?

Take a look at the video I made showing you how to use, thread, and enjoy sewing with the twin needle.  It covers the knit fabric hem as well as decorative stitching.

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The twin needle is certainly one of my favorite sewing tools and you might even be able to come up with some more interesting ideas about how to use it.

P.S. – if you love the nifty needle threader I use in the video – you can find it here –Dritz Machine Needle Inserter and Threader

And the knit stay tape used can be found here.


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2 Responses to How to Use a Twin Needle

  1. Mari Price says:

    I’ve just gotten used to using the twin needle when hemming leggings and t shirts and I love it!! Now I’ll have to try the decorative stitches which would be real cute on
    sleeve hems and the bottom hem.

  2. katxoxyahoocom says:

    What a wonderful video! Now I want to go play with knits and my machine’s decorative stitches. This may just take my sewing to a whole new level!!!

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