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More fun with twin needle quilting – creating a needle organizer

 

It was just last month that we explored how to set up your machine as well as some fun quilting techniques using a SCHMETZ twin needle. If you missed it, see my post, Everything you ever wanted to know about quilting with a twin needle.

This week we’ll use our twin needles once again to construct and decorate a lovely sewing machine needle organizer. This project is perfect for getting the hang of sewing using a twin needle.

Let’s get started!

 

Needle organizer constructed and decorated with SCHMETZ twin needles.
Needle organizer constructed and decorated with SCHMETZ twin needles.

 

materials

fabric

  • One 15″ x 24″ piece of plain or tone on tone cotton fabric for the outside of your needle organizer
  • One 15″ x 24 ” piece of plain (not print) cotton fabric for the inside of your organizer
needles

thread

  • 2 spools Gütermann 50 weight cotton thread to match your bias tape
  • 2 spools Gütermann 50 weight cotton to contrast with your front fabric

other

TIP
If your local fabric store doesn’t carry the 8 gauge plastic you could purchase a clear plastic shower curtain liner to make your project.

 

Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies

 

Preparing your pieces

Fuse the 15″ x 24″ medium weight non-woven interfacing to the wrong side of the 15 x 24″ inner fabric.

 

Inside fabric with fusible interfacing attached
Inside fabric with fusible interfacing attached

 

Fuse the 15″ x 24″ fusible fleece or needle punch to the wrong side of the cotton fabric for the outside of your needle organizer.

 

Outer fabric with fusible fleece attached
Outer fabric with fusible fleece attached

 

Cut the 8 gauge plastic into the following strips.

One 3″ x 24″
Two 3¼” x 24″
One 3½” x 24″

TIP
It’s difficult to see the edge of the plastic when cutting. I like to place a piece of fabric underneath for better visibility.

As an added bonus I have pre-cut strips ready for another project.

 

Place fabric under the plastic for better visibility.
Place fabric under the plastic for better visibility.

 

Cut the narrowUNIQUEbias tape into four 25″ strips.

Set all aside for tomorrow.

Prepare your machine for construction with a twin needle

Place the 4.0/80 SCHMETZ Universal twin needle and the non-stick (Teflon) glide foot on your sewing machine.

Thread the machine with 50 weight cotton thread that matches your bias tape in both needles and the bobbin.

Don’t forget to review last months tips on Everything you ever wanted to know about quilting with twin needles!

You are ready to sew!

 

4.0 Universal twin needle and non-stick foot
4.0 Universal twin needle and non-stick foot

 

Come back tomorrow for fearless construction with a twin needle as we use our SCHMETZ twin needle to construct the inside of your sewing machine needle organizer.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Fearless construction of needle organizer using a twin needle – yes you can!

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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