Progress on the leggings has been a bit slow this week. Too many mistakes and a bit more playing about. When it came to adding the pocket the pattern suggested using a twin needle, something I just couldn’t resist. Not that I know what I am doing. I didn’t even know that they existed before I started playing with the new machines.

The big news is that I still don’t really know what I am doing and have yet to complete this part of the pattern. I have lots of bits of sewing on the oddments of material that I have but nothing on the actual leggings. I did try to but it just wouldn’t work right. I shall have to do some more playing and a bit more research :).

I do now have the ‘back’ to the leggings now:

IMG_1209To go with the front from last week:

IMG_1204(Just proving that they are different!)

As my lovely sister-in-law said – a bit blowy to wear yet! Lets hope that this week is slightly less busy and I get more done!

I did learn some lessons however:

1. Don’t rush – I sewed the pieces together the wrong way around (Shhhh I know!)

2. Don’t sew when tired (see above!)

3. Unpick in daylight (SO much easier and you are less likely to put little holes in the material ;))

So there you have it. Do you have any advice when it comes to using twin needles?

PS: It would appear that I didn’t break the other machine – it must have been the dust that went up in smoke! (Phew!)

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16 thoughts on “

  1. Nice piece of work

    I’ve never used a twin needle but it sounds like I might need to one of these days…. Am impressed with your progress, coming along very nicely πŸ™‚
    Re your #1 – this applies to even experienced sewers !

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      1. Nice piece of work

        and on the very same day I read and agreed with your post, I rushed into making a furry bear hoodie thing and BUGGERED IT UP !!!! Sewed the lining to the shell the wrong way round and had to UNPICK…..grrrrr I’ll never learn

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  2. KerryCan

    You’re trying to make your own leggings?! I cannot even begin to imagine–sewing is just not my thing! But I’m very impressed and will look forward to seeing the finish product!

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  3. helen

    Sometimes getting the tension right with a twin needle can be a bit of a chore. You fabric is quite stretchy too which also brings it’s own challenges.
    Keep on going!

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  4. jodiebodie

    I am sorry that I am no wiser about twin needles than you are! Helen’s tip about tension is a starting point. I imagine it is like everything else, experiment with tension, stitch lengths and types etc. Thank you for asking the question though, as I am sure you have an audience keen to learn about twin needles as well, myself included.
    Your rules are golden – I am blushing because I had to learn those rules the hard way too! πŸ˜‰
    Good luck with the leggings; Surely the stretchy material will be forgiving if there are any little foibles. I know you will work it out and have a great result. So far so good… πŸ™‚

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