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1  Re: Double needle in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by westbrook on: November 28, 2011 11:28:00 AM
Your machine must have the capability to be able to use a twin or double needle. You will need to check your manual or check with your local sewing machine repair shop to see if your particular model is capable of using a twin needle.

Make sure the bobbin is full. Put the spools of thread on, most likely both threads will go through the first tensioner and the uptake lever together. The thread will need to separate and go on each side of the tension discs. The threads will again separate at the bottom of the needle-bar with a hook on each side and then through each needle.  Since each machine will have different thread paths to follow, again refer to your manual. Just make sure that the 2 threads arent rubbing against each other in the tension disc area.

Set the machine for a straight stitch and use standard machine thread for this technique. Some machines are capable of using heavier thread such as "Jeans Stitch" in both needles and in the bobbin, some are not.
Most machines can use the heavier thread in the top (needle) but need standard thread in the bobbin. The tension may need to be adjusted.

*note rather then purchase two spools of thread with the same color, wind a second bobbin to use on top.

The bobbin will zigzag back and forth and uses a lot of thread. The top thread will use the same amount for any straight stitch.

I suggest you make a sample form. Use this one or make your own
http://greenaprons.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/sewing-machine-stitch-sample-form/

Do samples. 

Twin needles come in various distances apart. 1.6, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 6.0 and I think there was an 8.0 but most machines can only use the 6.0.

Take your needle plate for a zig zag stitch with you to the store. Place the needles so you can see if they fit within the space in the needle plate. Once home, check the Zig Zag Needle Plate on your machine by placing the wider needle down into the opening. Hand wheel the needle down slowly to make sure there is enough clearance.

If you need to be confused further... just ask!
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2  Re: dye techniques? in Suggest New Boards and New Features by westbrook on: March 02, 2007 11:43:54 AM
so who do we bribe to get a dye techniques thread going? <wink> do they like chocolate?

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