The Double-Eye Machine Needle
Every family has its share of interesting characters. In the diverse lineage of sewing machine needles, the double-eye needle is the candidate for family oddball. It is currently available from Schmetz or Bernina, in size 80/12 with a universal point and, of course, two eyes stacked vertically near the tip. While its appearance may be unconventional, the double-eye needle has a purpose. The key to unlocking its potential lies in using different thread combinations and stitch patterns.
The double-eye needle is intended to carry two strands of upper thread while creating a single stitch. Layering threads creates a uniquely textured topstitching effect. The creative opportunities for using such a needle are obvious, but it does require a few adjustments and considerations to ensure accurate stitching. It can also create extralong basting stitches when used with only a single upper thread.
If you enjoy using fine details to enhance your sewing or prefer to spend less time taking out machine basting, the double-eye needle is well worth adding to your sewing toolbox. Experiment with stitch lengths and stitch patterns to make the most of this unusual tool.