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!
- 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
- 2 spools Gütermann 50 weight cotton thread to match your bias tape
- 2 spools Gütermann 50 weight cotton to contrast with your front fabric
- one 15″ x 24″ piece of HeatnBond Non-Woven Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing
- one 15″ x 24″ piece of HeatnBond fusible fleece or needlepunch
- one 15″ x 24″ piece of 8 gauge plastic available anywhere home decor fabric is sold
- one package narrow UNIQUE double fold bias tape
- one package medium width UNIQUE double fold bias tape
- 36″ of ELAN or CREATIV DECOR narrow ribbon or cord for tie closure (optional)
- 2 decorative buttons for tie closure (optional)
- CLOVER Fabric Adhesive Stick available at your local quilt shop
- UNIQUE QUILTING Fast Fade marking pen that is clearly visible on your fabric
- SEW EASY rotary cutter, 24″ ruler and cutting mat
- (Zigzag) sewing machine with walking foot, darning foot and non-stick foot, also known as Teflon foot
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.
Preparing your pieces
Fuse the 15″ x 24″ medium weight non-woven interfacing to the wrong side of the 15 x 24″ inner fabric.
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.
Cut the 8 gauge plastic into the following strips.
One 3″ x 24″
Two 3¼” x 24″
One 3½” x 24″
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.
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!
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.