We really love easysewingforbeginners.com. The owner Domenica is such a talented sewer and her videos are clear, concise and always receive fabulous feedback.
In this article Domenica shows us all how to use a twin needle or double needle on your sewing machine. She’s produced an excellent YouTube video that you can watch below and on her website, that you can click to below, she has produced a very detailed photo tutorial on the same subject.
As Domenica says “there’s something about sewing two perfectly parallel lines that makes you feel like you’re an expert at sewing”.
So why do we use a twin needle? Domenica says “it’s because a twin needle is especially great for finishing off hems on garments made of knit fabrics. It allows for the stretchiness of the knit fabric as well as giving the garment a professional looking finish with your everyday sewing machine“.
Not only that, it can give a beautiful finish to your bag sewing patterns. A twin needle will give you two perfectly parallel lines of stitching, and if you wish they can also be used for decorative stitches. You can find many twin needles on Amazon or at your local sewing centre. Domenica tells us that a twin universal needle will suit you if you are sewing medium weight cotton type fabrics and a twin stretch needle would be best for lighter knit type fabrics.
Spare bobbin if you don’t have multiple spools of one thread colour
When Domenica produced her YouTube video (below) she had two other tips to mention, which were (1) try not to use a backstitch when starting or finishing with your twin needles. Try a locking stitch instead if you have one available, and (2) you can’t use your machine’s auto-needle threader with the twin needle. We suggest getting one of THESE needle threaders. We’ve tried it and love it. It also works well to hold needles when you need to change them.