How to Sew a Coverstitch with a Twin Needle & Sewing Machine

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If you're an avid sewer and want your creations to have a more professional seam - then learning how to sew with a twin needle is very helpful. Until recently, I had no idea my sewing machine was capable of sewing beautiful coverstitches with a twin needle. If you plan on sewing knits, swimwear or other stretchy material, this technique will provide you with a seam that has elasticity and looks professional!

  • A sewing machine capable of twin-needle stitches (refer to your manual - as many sewing machines have this feature)
  • Thread, scissors and material
  • Extra Spool Pin
  • Twin Needle - A stretch twin needle is recommended
  • *wooly nylon thread - optional

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Step 1: Change Presser Foot & Needle

The first thing you should do is change out your standard needle and replace it with your twin needle. I loosened the standard needle with a small flat-head screwdriver. Once removed, I replaced it with the twin needle.

Next, remove your presser foot. You'll need to replace it with a zigzag foot. My zigzag foot came with my machine when I purchased it. If you aren't sure if you have one, please check your manual. To change a presser foot, my machine has a little button to push to remove/replace it.

karenm21 month ago

Thank you! I was trying to figure out if I need to buy a cover stitch machine. Apparently not as my Bernina will take a twin needle. I can't wait to try this.

We have the same sewing machine. I hadn't worked up the nerve to start using the twin needle but this helps. You're a courageous crafter.
HollyMann (author)  donedirtcheap1 year ago
Really? That's awesome - it is the best sewing machine I've ever used. I love Brother brand. You should try this are a courageous crafter too..I love your stuff. :)
Very interesting! Now I will now when I have one of these sewing machines! Thanks Holly!
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks Mario!!! :)
You're welcome! :-)
wold6301 year ago
I have the exact same machine (courtesy of instructables!) and can't wait to try this.

Very informative. Great ible!
HollyMann (author)  wold6301 year ago
Awesome! :) This sewing machine is the best - by the way! Couldn't live without it! :)