Sewing tip: twin needles as a practical alternative to the cover machine
Hello my dears,
A year ago I bought a cover machine. It’s very fast and the sewing projects look like “bought” products. Many people ask me what a cover machine is good for? Actually, she usually only does one thing: clean hems for elastic fabrics. Of course, you can also make beautiful decorations with the cover machine. You don’t need that that often. It’s about as expensive as an overlocker if you buy one of good quality. Huhhh … do you have to have it? Not really. Before I bought the Coverlock, I needed something different for almost 10 years. – Yes, I mentioned it on another blog, – a twin needle.
A twin needle is much easier to use than a coverlock. And in the end it looks as good as sewn with a coverlock.
Lousy en place
Mise en place – this is what we need to be able to sew with twin needles:
Jersey fabric – I love the “Foxes” from Tyglycka
A twin needle, of course
2 thread rolls
Your household machine
But there are a few things to keep in mind when sewing with the twin needle. I once gathered a few ideas from my own experience. If you have even more, I would be very happy if you share your experiences and ideas with us. =)
Threading with a twin needle
There are some machines with twin needles that require special threading. My Bernina Activa 230 is such a case. The machine has a dividing piece at the thread guide channel to separate the two threads. Then you should thread the left thread to the left of the particle and thread the right thread from the right. When assembling the twin needle, please note that twin needles also have a front and back. Like normal needles, round at the front and flat at the back.
Select only straight stitches with twin needles
Notice! When using the twin needle, you must not use zigzag or decorative stitches, but only straight stitches, otherwise you run the risk of breaking the needle! It has happened to me several times. =) The twin needles aren’t cheap either.
Twin needles with different needle spacing
Twin needles can have different needle spacings between the needles. I always need twin needles with a needle spacing of 4 or 2.5 mm, never wider, because my sewing feet only allow max. 4mm.
Optimal stitch length when sewing with a twin needle
When sewing with a twin needle, I set the stitch length to 4 mm, because if you need smaller stitch lengths, mounds can form between the two seams. I just didn’t understand that for a long time until I learned it from my colleague Beatrice. Sometimes I think to myself how valuable it is to be able to ask and learn from an experienced seamstress instead of having to struggle with something ourselves for years but simply not being able to solve it. When someone can solve your problem in such a short time. Beatrice – thank you again for the tip 🙂
Do you see the difference between the two pictures?
Fold the hems twice
I sometimes fold the hems twice. The edge is then folded in. So the seams look nicer from the right side, I also think from the left side.
Secure the hem well with pins and off you go!
I hope these sewing tips help you. If you have any questions, just can’t get on with something or if you have a tip of your own that you would like to share – we’d be happy to!
I wish you lots of fun and success! 🙂
Kind regards and see you soon!
Rosina from YingDesign
Hello everyone, a year ago I bought a cover machine. It’s very fast and the sewing projects look like “bought” products. A lot of people ask me what a cover machine is good for? Actually, she usually only does one thing: clean hems for elastic fabrics. Of course you can also make beautiful decorations with the cover machine. The …