How to Sunday - Threading a twin needle #sewingknits {Dressmaking}

Sunday, 9 June 2013

This was my first major challenge whilst sewing Renfrew, what was I supposed to do with my machine (a Brother Innov-is 10)? I had heard of twin needles, but did not know I had one in the kit my machine came with - I even had an extra spool pin (so clever that little kit!). 

I may be the only one who has never threaded a twin needle before, but in case I am not, here is how you thread a twin needle - well on my machine. 

Renfrew shown on Friday
If your machine can zig-zag it can usually accommodate a twin needle. The benefit of a twin needle is that it builds stretch into your seams by creating two lines of straight stitches on the top of your item with a zig zag underneath. No popped seams, no trying to precisely stretch your fabric as you sew. 

When you use a twin needle, you’ll use two spools of thread on the top. Your machine probably comes with an extra spool pin that fits on top of the bobbin winder shaft. 

Once both spools are set, you’ll run both threads through the machine as you normally would. You thread the needles manually, the left one with your normal spool, and the right one with the second spool.

Select the stitch you would like to use. On my machine, the normal stitch (no 2) is the one I use, and let's go!

And there you have it!

The red seam was done with my serger but this is for another how to...


  1. I´ve never tried twin needles nor sewing with a serger so you still see me impressed.

  2. I've never tried a twin needle but my machine can zig zag so perhaps it's possible.

  3. I've been wondering about the twin needle (and a little afraid of it). Thanks for the helpful tips. Maybe I'll try it out soon!

    Wishing you a lovely week!

  4. Well I never - you learn something new every day!;0

  5. Well, there's something I never knew! Thank you for teaching me! I must give this a try!

  6. I'm about to use a twin needle, so thanks for the how to!