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Fearless construction of needle organizer using a twin needle – yes you can!

 

Yesterday in part one of More fun with twin needle quilting we gathered together the needed materials and prepared them for to make a cool needle organizer.

Today we use our SCHMETZ twin needles to construct the inside of our needle organizer.

Time for some fun!

 

A variety of SCHMETZ twin needles appropriate to quilting
A variety of SCHMETZ twin needles appropriate to quilting

 

Twin needle sewing on plastic – no problem with a few simple tricks!

The inside pockets of our sewing machine needle organizer are made from 8 gauge plastic.

A normal metal foot would stick to the plastic.

A walking foot would slip.

We’ll use a non-stick foot also known as a Teflon foot to make stitching on the plastic easy.

 

The non-stick foot makes twin needle stitching on plastic easy
The non-stick foot makes twin needle stitching on plastic easy

 

The top edge of our plastic pockets would stretch if we don’t stabilize them.

Double fold bias tape will make the edge of the plastic more visible, stop it from stretching and add an extra dimension to the inside of our needle organizer.

Pins would leave marks in the plastic so we’ll use a fabric adhesive stick to glue the narrow double fold bias in place prior to stitching.

Without unfolding them press the four 25″ pieces of bias tape so they’re nice and flat.

Open one tape so that there’s a fold down the center and the two outside edges are folded in to meet it.

Run the fabric adhesive stick down the middle so that you have a thin layer of the adhesive evenly covering the inside of the bias tape.

 

Apply Fabric Adhesive Stick to the inside of the bias tape
Apply Fabric Adhesive Stick to the inside of the bias tape

 

Wrap the bias tape around one long edge of the 3″ x 24″ plastic strip with the center fold of the bias tape running right along the cut edge.

 

Double fold bias tape glued in place
Double fold bias tape glued in place

 

The 4.0/80 Universal twin needle is the perfect size to stitch the bias in place.

Remember to go slowly so that your machine has a chance to pierce the plastic!

Repeat for the three remaining plastic strips.

 

Use a non-stick foot and 4.0 twin needle to stitch the binding to the plastic
Use a non-stick foot and 4.0 twin needle to stitch the binding to the plastic

 

Create the organizer pockets

Next we mark placement lines on the 15″ x 24″ piece of cotton fabric for the inside of your needle organizer.

Use UNIQUE SEWING wash out marker that’s easily visible on your fabric.
Test on a scrap of your fabric to be sure that you can remove the markings when no longer needed.

  • Mark the vertical center  12″ from the short outside edge.
  • Mark a horizontal line 4″ from the top.
  • Mark a second horizontal line 3″ from the first line.
  • Mark a third horizontal line 3″ from the second line.
  • Mark the fourth and last horizontal line 3½” from the third line.

 

Placement grid for adding the plastic strips
Placement grid for adding the plastic strips

 

Re-thread your machine with the 2.5/80 SCHMETZ twin needle.

Stitch the bottom,  unbound cut edge of the 3″ x 24″ plastic strip to the line drawn 4″ from the top edge.

The plastic can’t be pinned without permanent marks so just hold it in place manually making small adjustments as required to keep the cut edge of the plastic up against your drawn line.

 

Stitch the bottom edge of the strip to the drawn line
Stitch the bottom edge of the strip to the drawn line

 

Stitch the bottom, unbound edge of a 3¼” x 24″ plastic strip to the next line down.

The bound portion of the strip will overlap the unbound but stitched edge above for a nice finished appearance.

 

The top bound edge overlaps the stitching at the base of the previous strip
The top bound edge overlaps the stitching at the base of the previous strip

 

Repeat with the next 3¼” x 24″ plastic strip.

Line up the bottom, unbound cut edge of the 3½” x 24″ plastic strip to the last line and stitch in place.

Draw the stitching lines for the organizer pockets.

Draw a line ¼” on either side of the vertical center line.

Draw vertical lines every 2½” to the right and left.

 

Mark the stitching lines that will be used to to complete the organizer pockets. SCHMETZ/H.A.KIDD
Mark the organizer pocket stitching lines

 

With your 2.5/80 twin needle stitch from the bottom to the top on each of the drawn lines.

Like magic all of the pockets are completed!

 

Stitch on the drawn line to create the pockets
Stitch on the drawn line to create the pockets

 

Trim the right and left sides 1″ away from the last stitched line.

If required trim the top edge 1″ away from edge of the first binding.

Trim the bottom edge ½” away from the last line of stitching.

The inside of your sewing machine needle organizer is now complete.

 

The inside of the organizer is complete
The inside of the organizer is complete

 

Come back tomorrow when we begin decorating the front of our needle organizer with our SCHMETZ needle and straight line, twin needle quilting.

 

SCHMETZ twin needle
SCHMETZ twin needle

 

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: More fun with twin needle quilting – creating a needle organizer

Go to part 3: Straight line twin needle quilting embellishes a needle organizer

Julie Plotniko is a quilting teacher, blogger and designer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Teaching for almost 40 years, recent credits include Quilt Canada 2016 and 2017, many quilt guilds and groups throughout Canada and CreativFestival Sewing and Craft Shows in Victoria, Abbotsford and Toronto. When not on the road Julie works and teaches at Snip & Stitch Sewing Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her favorite things include free motion quilting (standard bed and mid-arm machines), precision piecing, scrap quilting, machine embroidery, blogging, designing and of course teaching. Julie believes that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to having confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards that life has to offer.

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