Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sewing Machine Buying Guide for Starters

Sewing Machine Buying Guide for Starters

Things you need to consider before investing in a sewing machine

What type of sewing machine could be best for you? The answer may depend on your expertise, skill level, and budget. Before investing in a sewing machine you need to access your requirements and skill level needed to operate a certain type of machine. You also need to consider how you can improve your skills by using a certain type of sewing machine. This guide will help you decide how to find the right machine for your specific sewing needs

Understand the Sewing Machine Types
Sewing machines Dubai usually come in 3 different types, namely electronic, embroidery and mechanical. All these machines have specific sewing purposes that can be fulfilled through specific features.
If you are just an occasional sewer with very limited budget, mechanical machine just might be right for you. It can be used for craft projects and basic clothing repair. It is usually handled manually and requires manual manipulation of most of its features.
Electronic sewing machines are most commonly used for hard core clothing design and sewing. It can be a best option for you if you have ample budget and enough skill to handle its advanced features. Electronic machines come with LCD screen, touch pad controls and a dozen settings to improve the process for tremendous productivity.
Embroidery machine is an upgraded version of electronic sewing machine and allows you to adorn garments and clothing with embroidery.

Sewing Machine Features to Consider
There are certain features that every machine should be able to handle regardless of its type. Number one thing that you need to see is that your machine can easily handle all kinds of fabric without puckering or stretching that damages the fabric. The most basic features on the machine should include:     
·         Feed-Dog Adjustment
·         Buttonholer
·         Presser Feet
·         Flexible needle position
·         Needle threader
·         Easy tension adjustment
·         Power speed
·         Topload bobbin
·         High stitch length

Check Warranty and Machine Performance
Before making the Purchase, make sure to inquire your supplier about what features the warranty covers and what it excludes. Look for discounts and sales promotion to find the best price. In addition, bring several fabric samples with you to try several machines and gauge their performance.

Ask about the Right needle
Sewing Machines usually come with a set of needles that are designed specifically for their functions. Ask your supplier to help you understand the different types of needles and their use for specific fabric or design.

Inquire about the Repair Policies
Machine's warranty usually covers most repairs that are offered in-store by the dealer. Ask your dealer about the turnaround time for the repair, and the store policy for other repairs that may not be included in the warranty.
Buying a sewing machine is a onetime investment, so make sure that you take your time before the purchase. Inquire your dealer about the various machine types and features to understand what fulfills your requirement the best. For more questions, reach out to the manufacturer through its website to learn more about the product you wish to buy.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

7 Most Common Questions Regarding Sewing Machines

7 Most Common Questions Regarding Sewing Machines

Peruse the Expert Answers for the most Common Sewing Machine Questions

Sewing machines are complicated objects with intricate parts that require technical support and maintenance for a productive function. If you are a sewing machine owner, it is important that you understand those intricate parts and the complexities that may hinder your work progress. Here are the answers to most commonly asked questions about sewing machines to help you make your work more productive and elongate the life of your machine for years to come. The answers can you learn about the most common machine symptoms that may cause damage to the parts. Read below.

1.       What is causing the thread to bunch up?
Thread bunch up is a common sewing machine dysfunction that can be easily resolved. It is usually caused by incorrect thread set up in both upper and lower tensions. To resolve this problem, draw all the thread under the foot pressure before proceeding to sew. In addition, make sure to clean your machine regularly to avoid build up along the shuttle race and thread path.

2.       My sewing machine needle doesn't move. What should I do?
Some sewing machines Dubai have a manual wheel clutch that usually disengages the needle during bobbin winding. However, the needle may not move if the drive belt is broken. In that case get you machined inspected by a professional technician.

3.       My sewing machine won't pick up the bobbin thread? What should I do?
This problem could be caused by incorrect needle installation. Make sure to install the needle in a far up position (as far as it can go) with its flat side facing backward. In addition, install the bobbin correctly according to manufacturer's guidelines and draw the bobbin thread up before using the machine.

4.       How do I maintain my sewing machine's timing?
The timing is usually adjusted by a service technician. The technicians have special adjustment tools to adjust the machine timing for immaculate precision. You can adjust it by yourself by positioning your needle in alignment with the shuttle drive gear for a smooth synchronization of the shuttle hook and the needle.

5.       How do I prevent the needle from breaking?
Always check the needle for proper installation before sewing. In addition, make sure that the needle does not go too deep in the bobbin case during sewing; it can easily break the needle. Moreover try not to pull the fabric during sewing as it can break the needle as well.

6.       When is the right time to change sewing machine needle?
As a rule of thumb, you should change your sewing machine needle when you start a new project. In addition, inspect the needle and if it shows any signs of damage, replace it with a new one.

7.       How often oiling is required for proper maintenance?
Most sewing machines come pre-lubricated from the factory and do not require oiling. However, if your machine isn't pre-lubricated, you can follow owner's manual for oiling directions. If you don't sew too often, only oil the machine once in every 3 months. Similarly, if you are going to put away your sewing machine for a long period, oil it thoroughly before storing it.
Sewing machine’s proper maintenance is the key to its productive function and longevity. If you have any more questions regarding maintenance or usage of your sewing machine, make sure to ask your supplier or the machine manufacturer before using it.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

How to Adjust Sewing Machine Tension

Learn How to Adjust the Tension on your Sewing Machine!
If the stitch looks a little off, the first thing new sewers usually look for is the tension. Often, it isn't, in fact, the tension that is set incorrectly, rather their needle is old, the type of needle being used is incorrect or often the stitch length and width is set wrong. Sometimes though, it is actually your tension that needs correcting.
how to adjust tension on a sewing machine

All machines have a dial, usually with numbers along it and metal discs behind it. The higher the number, the more tension pressure is placed on the threads by the discs, and therefore distributing less thread into the machine. The lower the number, the less tension pressure is placed on the threads, and more thread is being fed into the machine.
Note, this is for the spool of thread at the top of the machine, not your bobbin. The bobbin also has its own tension dial, but as it is easy to throw the bobbin tension off alignment with the slightest of adjustment, I would suggest never changing the tension on your bobbin without the assistance of a repair shop.
Typically you can set your machine to "auto" or the middle number on the tension dial that is highlighted on your machine, but when you change to thicker or thinner fabrics, the tension might need to be adjusted to accommodate for the change in weight.
And, if you are using a serger or overlock machine, you need to check it each and every time you sew, since there is no "standard" or "automatic" setting on a serger due to the loopers that wrap themselves around the raw edge of the fabric. Below are examples of the most common stitches–straight, zigzag, and serger–and what a good stitch looks like, along side those that are too loose and too tight.


straight stitch tension

Above is the top layer of the straight stitch, with the ideal setting in the center, and more tension on the left, and less tension on the right. The stitch on the left is puckering the fabric because it is too tight, and the threads on the right are a bit too loopy.
straight stitch tension

The underside of the same stitch is pictured above. The middle stitch still looks ideal, with the puckered stitch on the far left. The straight stitch with too little tension is really terrible on the underside, with the threads forming giant loose loops, resulting in a very poorly sewn seam that will not hold in place.


zigzag stitch tension

For a zigzag stitch, the differences are a little less obvious on the top layer. Above we have the ideal setting again in the center, with the stitch on the far left with too much tension, and the stitch on the right with too little tension.
The stitch on the left has slightly pulled the fibers of the fabric together to form a small hump between the zigzag points. The stitch on the far right is too loose from point to point, so you can see a bit of shadowing under the stitch itself.
zigzag stitch tension

Much like the straight stitch, the real problem for the zigzag stitch shows up on the underside. The ideal stitch is centered, the stitch with too much tension is on the far left, and the stitch with too little tension is on the far right.
The upper threads on the stitch on the far right are being pulled to the underside, creating loops where there should be points. On the stitch that's too tight, it is again forming a small hump and the actual zigzag is narrower than the ideal stitch, as it's pulling too tightly from point to point.


serger thread tension-top side

With a serger stitch, there are four threads to consider: the two straight stitches, and the upper and lower looper stitches. Each and every time you use your serger, you should test your stitch. The stitch in the center shows an ideal balance between the straight stitches and the looper stitches. On the right, the looper threads have not been altered, but the tension on the straight stitches has been lowered, making the stitch much too loose.
Interestingly, it makes the looper threads appear too loose, when they have not been changed at all in all three of these stitches. The stitch on the far left is the tension turned up all the way, and the only real way to spot this is that the straight stitches are so tight, they appear nearly invisible on the second row. They have also pulled the looper stitches beyond the center point.
serger thread tension-bottom side

The underside of the same stitch is pictured above. The ideal setting is in the center, nicely balanced between the threads and loopers. On the right, the lack of tension has created an absolute mess, as the threads cannot pull the loopers correctly. On the far left, the balance is off, a much more subtle correction to make, much like the previous image.
serger loop tension-top side

Lastly, these stitch examples show the opposite of the previous ones–these have only had their upper and lower looper threads changed, and the straight stitches have remained constant from left to right, despite the change in appearance. At the center, we again have our ideal stitch, perfectly balanced. On the right, the tension has been lowered and the loopers are much too loose. On the left, the additional tension has pulled the threads to the side of the straight stitch, as it is far too tight.
serger loop tension-bottom side

The underside of the same stitch shows again too much looping on the far right, with the much too loose tension. On the left, the only real sign that this is incorrect is that the loops are not meeting at the cut edge of the fabric, and rather have been pulled to the back side. The ideal stitch has the loopers meeting and joining directly centered on the cut edge of the fabric.
To test your stitch for sewing, always cut a scrap of exactly what you will be sewing–same fabric, interfacing, and quantity of layers–and give it a pass through all the stitches you intend to sew it with. I also suggest sewing on both the crossgrain and the length of grain, as well as on a curve or bias should it apply. That way you can get a clear image of what your stitch will really look like while sewing the finished project.

Always better to be safe than sorry!
credits: Craftsy

Saturday, 5 August 2017

SINGER XL-550 Futura Computerized Sewing & Embroidery Machine Review

SINGER XL-550 Futura Computerized Sewing & Embroidery Machine

Ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewers, the Singer Futura XL-550 is a highly advanced sewing and embroidery machine that will enable you to finish your projects as quickly as possible. Since it’s a multi-function machine, this particular model is especially great for users that want to indulge in both embroidery and regular sewing projects but don’t already own a sewing machine. This is a major advantage to anyone who is on a limited budget since you won’t need to invest in two different machines. Because of its versatility, this particular piece of equipment is ideal for anyone who wants to use it to launch their home-based business.
Singer Futura XL-550This particular model can also be destined exclusively for embroidery and make up for its price. Indeed, since it’s a professional-grade machine, the XL-550 is packed with a variety of features designed that will add some extra flair and variety to your embroidery. It boasts of an extra-large embroidery table, which means that you can use it to embroidery bigger embroidery designs without needing to rehoop. It also comes with up to 120 embroidery designs, and the capacity to expand this number thanks to its USB compatibility.
Like every sewing machine, however, the XL-550 does have a few minor drawbacks to its name. For example, a few novice sewers found it difficult to navigate through the digitalized function but this was not a widespread complaint since most customers were able to make the most out of the included instructions booklet.

Our Review:

Embroidery Area: 5/5

The Singer XL-550 is equipped with a much wider-than-average maximum embroidery area that measures 18.5 x 11″ with multi-hoop, which means that you can accomplish this by using both the included hoops of 10 x 6″ and 4 x 4″. With the wider embroidery area, users will be able to embroidery bigger embroidery designs that wouldn’t fit in the standard 4 x 4″. It's big embroidery area is without a doubt this machine’s best feature and what justifies its price. In fact, since maximum embroidery area is the main feature determining an embroidery machine’s price, and the XL-550 comes with one of the biggest you’ll find, one can confidently say that this particular model offers an amazing value for the money.

Singer Futura XL-550 quiltingEase of Use: 4/5

In spite of its combined sewing and embroidery feature, this particular model is extremely easy to navigate and operate through. It comes with a backlit LCD screen that enables you to switch between the different settings and shuffle through both the sewing and embroidery designs. To make it even easier to use, the machine even includes a USB port, hence allowing you to very easily connect it to any computer, laptop or even tablet. Therefore, you can use the machine to download or purchase as many embroidery patterns as you would like from the internet. It is also possible to use the USB port to download the latest updates, hence ensuring that your apparatus remains as efficient as possible.
Because it also comes with a presser foot sensor, the X-L550 provides you with a comfortable and ergonomic sewing position which makes it far easier for you to find your way around the various features. Sewers will also appreciate the free-arm convertible option which provides you with the optimal angle for harder to reach areas like cuffs, collars, sleeves, pant hems and other smaller expenses of fabrics.

Extra Features: 5/5

Brimming with features, this multi-function machine can be used with much heavier fabrics like denim thanks to the automatic presser foot pressure. Sewers will also be glad to learn that even comes with an automatic twin needle function designed to shorten the sewing time while allowing you to benefit from decorative and far more impressive topstitching. You can even access additional features in the likes of a handy speed control lever that provides you with complete control over the machine. This way, you can quickly switch between slow and faster speeds, which drastically lowers any risk of mishap.
On its sewing mode, sewers will be able to make the most of the machine’s 215 built-in stitch designs and 6 buttonhole styles. It also comes with a free motion foot function, which means that the machine is also great for quilting projects.
Singer Futura XL-550 embroidery machineOn its embroidery mode, the XL-550 includes no less than 125 built-in embroidery designs and 20 alphabet fonts. With the boxed packaging, users will also receive 3 embroidery software programs that will allow them to modify their embroidery designs. Instead of fiddling about with scissors as you try to take off stray threads, you can even use the automatic thread cutter to effortlessly cut both the bobbin and top thread by simply pressing down on a button next to the screen. By the same token, you no longer need to struggle with trying to thread the machine since it is helpfully equipped with an automatic needle-threader which you can activate by pushing down on a lever.

Overall: 5/5

In spite of its higher-than-average price, this machine remains among the most sought-after sewing and embroidery equipment on the market. It is impressive maximum embroidery area makes this model one of the best embroidery machines on the market. The Futura XL-550 by SINGER is a powerful machine made for high-end embroidery and sewing. There are many tutorials for this machine that a beginner could use, but advanced users can make the most out of this machine. The possibilities are endless with the XL-550 as there are many different editing tools for fully a customizable experience. With the digitising program that is included with it, you can even make original designs to be used for embroidering making this machine a powerful appliance.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Juki HZL-27Z Electric Sewing Machine Review

Juki HZL-27Z Electric Sewing Machine

The Juki HZL-27Z is a durable sewing machine that beginners can learn to sew on. With automatic features and support to help you learn, this lightweight sewing machine can sew through thick fabrics with ease. While it lacks some accessories and features that beginners find helpful, you can learn the basics of it.
PROS / This durable machine powers through tough fabrics and is reasonably priced.
CONS / It lacks several features that beginners find particularly helpful, such as adjustable speed or a start and stop button.

Features Of The Juki HZL-27Z Sewing Machine

The electric sewing machine has some automatic features that can be particularly helpful when you are first beginning to learn how to sew. The automatic needle threader and bobbin winder help you complete common sewing tasks quickly and efficiently. The machine also has twin needle capabilities so you can hem clothing with ease.

Automatic Needle Threader
Automatic Needle Threader
Simply lower the lever and turn it back and forth. This single action makes it easy to thread the needle.

White LED Light

White LED Light
Brightens the needle entry area. LED light will not heat up even during long operations.

Easy Drop-in Bobbin
Easy Drop-in Bobbin
It is simple to prepare the bobbin thread and to clean the hook area. The remaining amount of bobbin thread is visible through the transparent cover.
Free Arm

Free Arm
The accessory box slides off for free arm sewing. Standard accessory parts can be neatly stored in the box.

 Large and Easy-to-Use Reverse Stitch Lever
Large and Easy-To-Use Stitch Selector and Reverse Feed Lever
Stitch patterns can be selected by the large, easy to operate dial. The Reverse Feed Lever is also conveniently larger for simple operation.
4 Step Buttonholing
4 Step Buttonholing - Snap on, close the button tray to set the buttonhole size, and sew this way. Step 1 - Sew 4 or 5 bartack stitches. Step 2 - Sew forward to the end of the buttonhole length. Step 3 - Sew 4 or 5 bartack stitches. Step 4 - Sew backwards to the beginning of the buttonhole mark.
7-Point Feed Dog
7-Point Feed Dog
From light-weight material to denim. 2 extra Feed Dogs are located in front of the needle entry hole. With the 7-point feed dog the machine feeds any lightweight to heavyweight materials consistently.
Easy Multiple Layer Sewing Start
Easy Sewing Start
Push the black button at the presser foot and make it parallel to the throat plate. This makes it easy to start sewing multiple layers of fabric or overlapped materials.

Pros And Cons Of Juki HZL-27Z Sewing Machine

Unfortunately, this simple sewing machine only has one buttonhole style, and it uses a four-step buttonhole operation. Four-step buttonholes require you to manually measure the size of the button and mark the fabric with the proper dimensions. It will stop stitching after each part, and you must turn the dial to the next step before sewing. The drawback is that you must repeat this to sew additional identical-sized buttonholes. Additionally, you also control the tension of the machine using a dial.
Despite the Juki's durability, it only weighs 13 pounds, which helps it serve as an effective portable sewing machine. Although this machine does not include a transportation case or a handle, it has standard design features including a sewing light, free arm and built-in thread cutter. The machine also features a drop-in bobbin enclosed in a clear case. It is easy to load, and you can replace the thread before it runs out.
Juki’s sewing machine lacks a start and stop button, which means you can only sew using the foot controller. Likewise, it does not come with an extension table to equip the machine for larger projects.
The easy-to-use sewing machine comes with few accessories. The Juki includes both standard and buttonhole feet. Because the machine comes with only two presser feet, you will have to purchase additional feet for most projects. This machine does include needles, bobbins, a screwdriver, spool cap, seam ripper and brush. Additionally, a soft cover protects the sewing machine from dust.
Juki's warranty covers the machine’s motors, light assembly, wiring, switches, circuit boards and speed control for two years after the original purchase date. The rest of the parts are covered by a five-year warranty.

Our Conclusion

 The price is nice but other machines outshine this one in terms of stitch pattern variety and sewing speed, as well as ease of use features like adjustable speed and a digital display.

The Juki HZL-27Z sewing machine has the features and capabilities to complete difficult sewing projects. Unlike other machines in its price range, this sewing machine works through thick denim with ease. As a sewing machine for beginners, it only has 22 stitch patterns with a sewing speed of 550 stitches per minute.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Singer 1304 Start Sewing Machine Review

Singer 1304 Start Basic Everyday Free-Arm Sewing Machine

Singer needs no introduction when it comes to sewing machines. In fact, it seems to have been the most attached brand when it comes to sewers. From bigger manual Singer sewing machines comes a compact and portable model like the Singer 1304
For those looking for new sewing machines or thinking of purchasing a Singer 1304, let this review be your buying guide.

The Singer 1304 Start Basic Everyday Free-Arm Sewing Machine
The Singer 1304 Sewing Machine is a compact and portable machine suited for beginners and starters. With Singer, customers are assured of a reliable sewing machine. It is equipped with key features that let sewers saves time and makes sewing less intimidating and enjoyable. Singer 1304 Sewing Machine is one of the most affordable and pocket-friendly sewing machines in the market today.

Features Of The Singer 1304 Sewing Machine

The Singer 1304 Start Basic Everyday Free-Arm Sewing Machine belongs to the new breed of sewing machines. Automatic, built-ins, and lightweight. Its name practically gives customers a clear idea about this machine.
This machine only weighs 9.8 pounds with a dimension of 13x7x11.5 inches. Like its contemporary, Singer 1304 has an easy thread system, stitch selection of 6 built-in stitches, and an automatic 4-step buttonhole.
When buying this sewing machine, it comes with free accessories like a 3-snap presser foot along with others safely stored in a compartment. Its free-arm is convertible and can be removed to give way for certain sewing needs like sewing hems, collars, and cuffs.

Benefits Of The Singer 1304

This particular model is targeting novice and those who are new in sewing. Its automatic set-ups like threading are great for beginners. The types of stitches is sufficient for hobbyists since you don’t need a lot of stitch styles in your dressmaking and home furnishing projects. The features of the Singer 1304 makes a novice feel like an experienced dressmaker and tailor.
Setting up the machine like the cord from the machine to the power source or the foot presser is simple that you start sewing right after you receive this product.

Pros And Cons

It is a no-frills machine for people who want non-complex machines and just want to start with their repairs, alterations, and projects. It is lightweight and portable, thus you don’t need a big space to accommodate your Singer 1304-Start Basic Everyday Free-Arm Sewing Machine.
On the other hand, the common issue raised by consumers about the Singer 1304 is their instructional guide. The accompanying instruction is not easy to understand. Some customers have reported to checking videos just to follow the right instruction. It would be great if they can have a free DVD Cd for tutorials too.
The machine doesn’t have a dust cover; you have to buy it separately. Since other brands have dust covers included, this will also be a good idea.
The needles included are great for most fabrics but for fabrics like upholstery, denim, corduroy, and other heavy-duty fabrics, you need to buy the applicable and correct needles.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Singer 1304 Sewing Machine

Q:Can you sew buttons using the Singer 1304?
A:Yes, you can. The instructions will show you how to do it.
Q:Does it have plastic bobbins?
A:Yes, the bobbins are plastic.
Q:Will the Singer 1304 sew through fleece?
A:With the the right needle and thread, the Singer 1304 sewing machine can handle fleece.

Our Conclusion

The Singer 1304 is one of the best sewing machines out in the market specifically for beginners. However, this doesn’t mean that experienced dressmakers and seamstresses cannot use this machine. As long as you are not in a commercial scale or into more intricate designs, this machine can do that job.
The price is affordable and the brand is a good security to all costumers. The key here is to set your expectations from this machine’s specs, features, and price.
Singer 1304 Start Basic Everyday Free-Arm Sewing Machine

Monday, 3 July 2017

Your Guide to Understanding the Different Kinds of Sewing Needles

Knowing which sewing needle is needed for the fabric or project that you are working on can be overwhelming, especially if you are just starting out. The type of needle is important, because if you use the wrong needle you could damage your fabric. After this guide you will be able to tell which needle you will need for each project. Throughout this guide I will use the singer needles as examples.

Needle Anatomy

Needle Anatomy
Wow, that is an intimidating chart. So lets break it down.
First up is the Shank. The shank is the thickest part of the needle. It has a flat side on the back, and is rounded on the front. This is so that it can fit into out machine perfectly, and never be backwards.
Second is the Point, which is located at the complete opposite end of the needle. The point is important because it is the first part of the needle that touches the fabric and can do the most damage. If you have a larger needle, it will make a bigger hole. See below for the correct point size for you fabric.
Next is Shaftwhich is the longest section of your needle, and holds other important aspects to the needle.
The Eye of the needle is where you thread the needle. This part of the needle carries the thread to the bobbin casing and makes a stitch.
The Groove of the needle can only be seen on the front of your needle. The Groove just leads into the eye of the needle.
Last, but not least, is the Scarf. The Scarf is on the backside of the needle just above the eye. It allows the hook of the bobbin casing to get close to the eye of the needle to catch the thread and form the stitch.


Next we will be talking about the colors and how they refer to your fabric.
As shown above there are two colors on every sewing machine needle. The first color tells you what fabric type the needle is for. The second tells you the thickness of the fabric that is best suited for the needle.
As stated above, the first color tells you what fabric type the needle is for. This is just the general category such as Universal, Jersey/Ballpoint, Stretch, Jeans/Denim, Microtex/Sharp, and Leather. You can see in the picture above the 6 standard needle types with an extra type, the self-threading. The colors of the needle types are circled above, and are the colors of the written text below.
The Universal, needle for pretty much anything, it is the standard machine needle that all sewing machines come with. This needle sometimes doesn’t have a color. If you are quilter then this needle is your best friend.
Jersey/Ballpoint needles are used for knits and fabrics that have some stretch to them.
The Stretch needles are more common than Jersey/Ballpoint needles. Stretch needles are used for knit fabrics of any assortment, that are super stretchy. Such as ribbed knits, jersey knits, and cotton knits. If you love sewing baby onsies then this needle is your best friend.
Next up is the Jeans/Denim needle. This needle, as you can see above, is super sharp. This is for any of your woven fabrics such as, denim, suiting material, houndstooth, and other woven fabrics.
The Microtex/Sharp needles are used for any of your “thin and lighter” fabrics. I say that lightly (no pun) because those describing words come more into play with the second color. But any way, this needle is used for your silks, coated fabrics, foils, polyester, and things of the like.
Finally, the last needle that we will be talking about here is the Leather needle. This needle is the scariest looking of them all and is used for… you guessed it, Leathers!
Now, out of all the needle types above, the two most common are the Universal, and Stretch. With the information below we will be using these two as examples.
The Second Color
Just a pack of Universal/Embroidery Needles.
There are three standard, second colors, that we will be talking about today. The Second Color tells you the thickness of the fabric that is best suited for the needle. If you look to the needle package above, the arrow shows which color we are referring to.
80/11, also known as the Orange size. is for lightweight fabrics.
90/14, also known as the Blue size, is for medium weight fabrics.
100/16, also known as the Purple size, if for heavy weight fabrics.

Double and Triple Needles

First, a couple of things that you need to know about double and triple needles. Almost any machine can have a double needle used with it, but be warned if you machine doesn’t have a zig-zag foot then you are one of the few who cannot use them. This is because you will just break you needles when they try to go into your bobbin casing. Oh, and don’t be afraid when you look at the underside of the fabric, because there will be a zig-zag pattern, this is just a result of the bobbin catching both needles. The sizing of the needles refers to the distance between the two needles.
The Twin, or Double needles are just two needles mounted on the same shaft, that creates two rows of stitches that parallel each other. You would use two different spools on top, and just one bobbin underneath. There are several types of Double Needles. Each type referrers to the different types of needles that are paired together.
Below are the listed different types of multiple needles:
Universal Twin – This is the typical type that you normally think of when you think of a double needle. It comes with many different sizes that are, again, based on how far apart the needles are from each other.
Double Hemstitch – This double needle type uses a hemstitch needle along with a universal needle, with a 2.5mm separation.
The Metallic Twin – This uses two metallic needles together.
The Jeans Twin – This uses two of the Jeans needles together.
The Stretch Twin – This uses two of the stretch needles together.
The Embroidery Twin – This uses two of the Embroidery/Universal needles together
Universal TRIPLE – This bad boy uses three, that’s right THREE universal needles together!