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The Double-Eye Machine Needle

Threads #203, June/July 2019

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.

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  1. user-2978426 | | #1

    I am looking for the double eyed sewing machine needle and have not found them. Where can I buy them?

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    cjbuerer | | #2

    Schmetz makes a double eye needle which is available online. Just type double eye needle into your browser. Or call your local shop to ask if they carry or are willing to order them.

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