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

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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.

MadisonL12 months ago
I did it. Your notes worked perfectly!!! Thank you. I used a zigzag stitch for the waistband of a swimsuit and it still worked.
makeema3 months ago
I have the same machine. Can you tell me exactly what setting you used please. I have been searching for this info everywhere u are a godsend
HollyMann (author)  makeema3 months ago

Hi Makeema! I will try to help! I wrote myself some details about this stitch method on a little notecard a long time ago.
So I hope I wrote down enough details to help you. I haven't done this in a long time because I caved in and bought a serger too. Basically, in my notes - I wrote that I used the "J" zigzag presser foot. And, that the stitch for this must be less than 5mm for it to work well and also that the stitches on this machine that can be used are 1, 3, 4 and 5. I also wrote if you use 3, 4 or 5 on the stitch options - do NOT reverse. I hope this might help a little. If I have any extra time I could test it out and let you know...:)

Thank you thank you THANK you!! I have used a twin needle many times with my CS-6000i and the tension is NEVER right. I can't figure it out, and it's been driving me nuts (I always get the "tunnel" effect because my bobbin thread is too tight - even with wooly nylon). I will try the suggestions you've listed here - I'm so excited that you have the same machine as me and you get BEAUTIFUL stitches!! Thank you again!!

karenm24 months 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! :)