I really thought I had cracked it! As promised I put my October resolution into practiced an sat down with my sewing machine, a brand new twin needle
and my most concentrated teacher face (no picture of said face – there is a limit to what is bearable!) to learn once and for all how to sew with a twin needle. I mean, it can hardly be that difficult, can it??!!!
Everything started off encouragingly! I realised that, in contrast to what works for many sewists in blogland I had to turn the tension right up rather than down.
Here is a sample sewn at a tension of 2: Hardly a zig-zag on the reverse side.
Now tension setting 3:
Anyway, I decided I was happy with this setting. The highest tension setting on my sewing machine is 6, so I thought 5 would be fine.
So I went to make a trial piece, a simple top from an older issue of BurdaStyle. I used plain white cotton knit and the serger for all seams and the twin needle for the finishing.
Everything went without a hitch and the topstitching worked perfectly:
But oops, can you see what I see? Some gapeage at the collar bone? No surprise really, I usually get this for this type of top (I think it wants a little more vavavoom) – I should have known! But I was so engrossed in my twin needle taming that I did not even think to try the top on before topstitching.
So how much excess is there?
So, that’s looking good, I hear you ask, why did you call this post “Almost an epiphany”?
Well… Buoyed by my success I started the next knit top – on the same day – with unchanged settings on the machine – using a viscose jersey that seemed to have the same weight and hand as the cotton jersey used in this top – and the topstitching went all over the place!!! There were lots of skipped stitches AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!! Isn’t that so infuriating?
Is that normal? Am I mad? What do you do to make the twin needle work for you?