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« on: October 22, 2013 03:39:11 PM »

So my mom used to sew all my family's clothing. Then she was diagnosed with clinical depression, and stopped sewing (among other things). We're all pretty curvy, so her drafted patterns work better than store bought clothes. I have theoretical knowledge of how to sew, though not a lot of practical attempts, and I've said that I want to take over this chore. Her replies have varied between 'I'll get around to it eventually', a sneering 'go ahead and try', and her most recent is "you couldn't sew anything anyway, the double needle broke."

Assuming that this is TRUE, do I need a double needle? The shirts are mostly knit fabric, and then there's cotton skirts and sweatpants. And if I do, what are the regulations? Do I have to get the same brand as the sewing machine? Can I get one from a fabric store, or do I need to get a replacement from the sewing machine company? Do they come in different sizes, and if so, what size do I need for sweatpants and knit shirts? Is there anything else I SHOULD be asking, but didn't know enough about sewing to know I should ask?

Sorry if these are dumb questions. I'm just new to this, and I can't realistically expect her to try to help.

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013 06:42:05 AM »

Not dumb, at all!

First, if you have the manual for the sewing machine I suggest you get it out. If not, you can find most machine manuals online.

This will give you information on what needles work best for which fabrics on that machine. If the double needle is broken, no biggie. Just get a new on at any fabric store. Machine you have your machine brand and make to get the right one.

When you start sewing expect mistakes. Even the most seasoned sewer will make them. It is part of the love hate relationship we have with sewing. Smiley Hope this helps, and if you have more questions please ask.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013 10:22:01 AM »

Why you use a double or tripple needle:
Using a double/ tripple  needle will make a seam that can stretch .
So  if your fabric has some soort of stretch in it , you use the double needle to finish stuff like hems off.

You can get a seam that stretches without using a double needle  if you use a zigzag stitch , but it won't look as nice .

You also  need to get a double neede that is for the fabric you gonna  sew .
Different kinds of fabric need different needles.
Looks ike you need a Double needle that  is for stretch fabrics

Regarding the cotton fabric:  there is no use for a double needle, you need to finish the egdes wit a zigag so the fabric wont "raffel"

And regarding you sewing: Just give it a try , it aint that hard  as long as you enjoy it  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013 04:44:08 PM »

I have never been brave enough to try using a double needle and have sewn with knits many times.  I have used straight stitches or zig zag stitches.  Try it.  Just make sure you have a needle for knit fabric as using the wrong needle can cause problems.

I hope your mom feels better soon.

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013 07:43:01 AM »

Good comments on double needles.  I don't know if my machine uses a double needle or not.  You have challenged me to get out my machine manual.

The comment about mistakes is oh - so true.  Your seam ripper can be a good tool.

Yes, I hope your mother feels better.  Maybe she will feel better, if she see you get started with some sewing,  Please tell her that depression can be treated.  I have a book:  Crafting to Heal.  The front cover is a quilt.  The book is definitely inspiring.  I've heard folks say that a trip to the fabric store is cheaper than therapy.  For myself, going to Hancock's can definitely lift my spirits after hard day at work.

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