You’re gonna sew, and you’re gonna enjoy it, dammit!

I had a rough week. Though looking back I’m not sure why. Everything is going smoothly, but selling your home can stressful and sleep did not come easily. My sewing suffered from all this distraction, caffeine abuse and the unbelievable time drain it is to keep everything picked up. I started and didn’t finish two projects.

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Sea Glass dress. It’s another Very Easy Vogue 1179. One of my go to stress busters.

Frustration finally drove me to start something I knew I could finish without much brain power. I pulled out a familiar pattern to make again in a very lovely fabric I had planned to save for something special. It was time for some sewing therapy! It’s a silk jersey from Mood in an abstract floral. So light and slinky – it feels heavenly on the skin.

I could’ve made it exactly as I did before, hand stitching the armholes and hem, but I made a discovery reading my blog feed. I happened to see Sewing Knit Hems with a Twin Needle from Coletterie.

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I felt really silly that I hadn’t figured this out before, until I read a bunch of comments on the Coletterie post — I’m not the only one!

I thought ‘wouldn’t it be cool if I could do that?’ Turns out I can! I should’ve known this – my machine does have two spindles for thread – but I hadn’t put it together. Duh! Naomi, of Bon Courage, explains that even if you don’t have a second thread spindle, you can make your own with a paintbrush! Brilliant!

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These twin needles work in my machine, allowing me to sew perfectly parallel lines of topstitching, while finishing the underside with a nice neat zigzag! It’s a miracle!

I couldn’t imagine a standard sewing machine could do this. I mean, how would you thread it? I’m not particularly slow but I am a right brained person. This is evidence. You just run the two threads through together, feeding only one through the last guide before you thread the two needles (at least that’s what you do on my machine – you might want to check on this first!). They magically intertwine with the bobbin thread to make a neat coverstitch on the underside (Sarai didn’t say it’s magic but it is). What a nice finish for knits!

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Tip! You have to sew this on the right side. Otherwise, you’ll get the pretty topstitching on the inside and the coverstitch on the outside :/

Be careful not to pull the fabric as you sew or you’ll stretch it out of shape, but if you do get a little waviness, a steam iron will take care of it. The Colette post recommends stabilizing the hem with a wash away tape like Wonder Tape or Stitch Witchery but I’d forgotten that by the time I got back from buying the needles. Still, I’m pleased with the result!

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I am so jazzed about this. I will probably use the twin needles on everything!

My poor husband helped me mark the hem on this one. I told him it’s hard to see what I’m doing on a maxi and I end up taking it off and putting it on over and over. So there he was lying on the floor with pins in his mouth saying ‘I can’t believe you’re trusting me with this!’ Well he did great. Thank you, Roger!

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Opie says Oh Mom lemme go!

Next week I will attempt a new pattern. I think. I’m dying to try the Flora from By Hand London, but with that circle skirt it takes a lot of fabric. I typically buy just 2-1/2 yards or maybe 3 if there’s a pattern to match, so I can’t just grab something off my shelf. Will there be time to shop? Maybe not. So I’ve just pre washed these fabrics and hung them to dry. A silk jersey, a silk crepe and a cotton jersey. What will they become?

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4 thoughts on “You’re gonna sew, and you’re gonna enjoy it, dammit!

  1. Oh cool you tried the double needle! It’s really fun to use because it looks so professional. Great dress and good luck with the house selling – you know you are going to have to pack up all your fabric when you move so no more shopping (haha!)

    1. LOL you’re right! See I had looked at that the opposite way – I’d better buy more because what if I can’t find a good fabric store once I get moved! Is that glass half full or half empty?

  2. I might have to give the twin needle a go! I know my machine has the extra spool and I always mean to do it but for some reason I get scared that I’ll mess it up! Your dress is beautiful by the way!

    1. I felt the same way! Just test it on a scrap. Thanks for the compliment! I like the dress OK… somehow it’s not a favorite. I think I need to make something more fitted next.

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