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Twin needle free motion quilting adds gourmet detail

 

In yesterday’s post, Decorating our organizer with straight line twin needle quilting, we added twin needle, straight line grid quilting and decorative stitches to the front of our sewing machine needle organizer.

Today we’ll use our SCHMETZ twin needles to decorate the remaining section of our organizer front with twin needle free motion quilting.

Remember to read last month’s post free motion quilting with a twin needle – instant ribbon stippling magic for even more tips.

 

A SCHMETZ 2.5/70 twin needle is a nice size to learn twin needle free motion quilting
A SCHMETZ 2.5/70 twin needle is a nice size to learn twin needle free motion quilting

 

Prepare your machine for free motion quilting with a darning foot, twin needle and cotton thread.

I used a 2.5/80 SCHMETZ  twin needle to free motion quilt on my needle organizer.

The needles are far enough apart to give a nice separation to the design but close enough together for a somewhat subtle appearance.

This is a good size needle to learn how to move your hands with confidence when free motion quilting with a twin needle.

 

The machine is ready to stitch with a Schmetz twin needle and darning foot.
The machine is ready to stitch with a Schmetz twin needle and darning foot.

 

Create a combination of side by side stitching, ribbons and straight lines

A variety of looks are created by the direction that you move your hands.

Slow your machine down and work towards achieving smooth, fluid motion!

Moving your hands in a forward to backward motion will give separation between the two lines of stitching.

 

Moving your hands in a forward to backward motion creates parallel lines of stitching
Moving your hands in a forward to backward motion creates parallel lines of stitching

 

Moving sideways the two threads appear to become one as they stitch on top of one another.

When you stitch at an angle again the threads will appear to separate.

 

Moving sideways the two threads will appear to become one, at an angle they appear to cross over
Moving sideways the two threads will appear to become one, at an angle they appear to cross over

 

Combine forward and sideways stitching to create a ribbon effect.

 

Creating ribbons and loops
Creating ribbons and loops

 

Have fun creating new designs and practicing your free motion quilting with a SCHMETZ twin needle.

 

Have fun practicing your twin needle free motion quilting
Have fun practicing your twin needle free motion quilting

 

The twin needle decoration is now complete on the cover of our needle organizer.

Join me tomorrow when we will use our fabulous SCHMETZ twin needles to assemble the finished project.

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Straight line twin needle quilting embellishes a needle organizer

Go to part 5: Putting it all together – our SCHMETZ twin needle does it again

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.

3 Comments

  1. Rhona

    I dont have twin needles but l will definitely buy some and give it a try, l love the ribbon look.

  2. How interesting! I’ve had double needles with every machine I’ve ever owned, but never found a use for it. This is great! Thank you.

  3. Cecilia

    Very pretty! I never thought of using a twin needle to do free motion quilting. I love the results! Thanks for sharing.

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