Twin Needle For Sewing
This is so much fun you are going to love it. I have used this to finish tshirts I have made for my husband and son.
There are a few key points to remember the wider the gap in the twin needles the more likely the fabric inbetween those stitches will pucker. This is especially on knits and teeshirt fabrics. If you are doing it on a finish on a woven; linen, cottons and drills then it won't do that so much because the fabric have more form and firmness to them so they can handle the tension.
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This is the Brother A150, I love this machine, every time I find something else out about it, I just love it even more. So today's tutorial, is's going to be how to use the twin needle. I had to use a twin needle is what we're going to talk about today because I have just made around about five t shirts, three for my son two for my husband and I did the sleeves with this, just like what normal t shirts are from the shops.
So I actually broke this one while I was just about finishing the fourth tee shirt. So I had to go and buy another one. And so the replacement one that I found, was at a Spotlight and it is the Klasse and the lady said this is a really good brand of needle
Now what I figured out the two mml is actually the spice in between the needles. So that's what that means. So if you want a wider space in between your needle, just go for a larger mill size. Okay. Now I'm going to show you how to set up the brother sewing machine. So you can swap the needles. This will work on other brands as well as there isn't much difference in doing this on other machines.
First you have to change the settings from sewing with a single needle to sewing with a double needle. You can not use the automatic threader as it will break your needles, so you have to hand thread the needle. And then for the Brother I go into detail on how to change the settings.
So you have to press the file button and you press the middle section minus and plus to move it down to where it says twin needle. Right now it's off then you press the outer arrows buttons to move the black line up and down the screen till you get to the needle symbol change that from one needle to the image that has two needles. So that is telling us we're stitching with two needles from now on.
Now there was a lady on YouTube that asked me a question of what happens when your needle falls in there. You could unscrew this and get under where the needle arm and try and fish it out but that could go wrong and I believe that prevention is better than cure. So if you've got a spare piece of fabric nearby, then put that underneath the needle arm.
Sorry, I'm going to use this spare piece of fabric. And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to lift up my footer and put that underneath it so what that does is that stops the needle from falling down. You're gonna find the same recommendation from any sewing site. This is what you do.
So as you to change the needle, make sure you put something underneath the footer to stop the needle from falling just in case you lose it or don't grab it and therefore it falls down at this point.
So we're going to take out the single needle and put that somewhere, use your pin cushion is a great idea. So there is no wrong way to put this needle in because the flat part of the needle always goes towards the back. If you try and put it in the other way, it just won't even slide up.
So you've got a little black knob here on the side of the needle/sewing arm of your machine. That's what you loosen and tighten to get the needle in place. So it's tight, it's firm that's sitting in there nicely. Now on top of the Brother A150 is a great thread holder and there's a little hole here at the top and it just sits in there with the longer pointing upwards. So what I'm going to do now, I'm going to use the second thread as a red thread. So you're going to be able to see what I'm showing you pretty easily. Now the best way to do this is to actually thread them through at the same time at the same time. So one thread will be threaded as normal the other thread that is in the extra spool at the top that one goes through the tension for the bobbin and then from that point it follows the same path through the machine, again do them both at the same time initially till you work out the hack for your machine
I've tried it a few ways, trust me this way is the easiest to start with.
This is something Betty showed me about making it easier to thread your needle. Make sure you cut the end of your thread on an angle. So pinch your fingers at the end of the thread and cut with the snips on an angle. And that will actually leave a little short, angle on the end of the thread and it's supposedly makes it easier to push it through. And I actually have to agree with Betty. Threading the needle works first time every time. So I am not questioning that wisdom.
Thread your machine as normal following the threading instructions which is normally numbered on your machine.
Now I like putting a little bit of saliva on the end of the thread to get rid of any fluffy elements which on a good thread there will not be many, its kind of a habit from hand stitching so I am sticking with this mannerism.
Now you are ready to go!!
I love the sound of this stitch. Seriously that is it. I'm just going to do a little bit of stitching so you can just hear and see how easily this is to work. So then you just make sure there's no clunky sounds, but there's a clunky sound. Please stop sewing straight away because usually what that is is you've threaded this wrong and the Bobbin is getting congested. So I always start really slow. If you, if you're concerned about leaping off fast, there is a speed adjustment on the Brother A150 so check and see if your machine has that feature, it's a good safety net.
When you adjust the speed to slow, medium, fast no matter how much you press down on your footer, the needle won't go any faster than slow.
You can do your reverse stitch, anchor stitch at the beginning and end just as if you were doing a straight stitch, everything that you would normally do with the a single thread. And then, I'm going to show you how beautiful that looks. So you've got a nice, nice tension underneath that looks pretty. And then you've got this nice even thread, no puckering in between, nothing like that. It is just such a beautiful stitch. And I mean there's night actually that looks really cool. You know, you could totally do that anyway as a feature. I used to do that with my shirring. I used to do the top thread, when the sharing machine had five different threads, I would do rainbow colours for the shirring on all the dresses, but you know, make that stitch a bit of a feature. But that is how you use your twin needle for the brother sewing machine. Go and have fun with it. You can do it on, you don't have to do it just on the bottom of the shirt.
You can do it on the bottom of any of the designs that we have on our website and any of the ones that you want to use.
Then when you are finished sewing with the twin needle all you have to do is to make sure when you're finished with it, you actually put the fabric backend underneath it. You loosen the needle, get that out, put the straight needle back in. And just remember when you're finished to put the settings back to single stitch setting.
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