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Using the Double Needle, WITHOUT the 2nd spool holder

Have any of you fallen in love with your Double Needle?  (Not sure what I’m talking about?  Go here.)


(And not sure if your store carries Double Needles?  Here’s a variety pack of Double Needles online…with FREE shipping!)


If you’re new to sewing…….that double needle can help you create that super crisp double line that you see on your clothing, usually along hems and seams.  Go on, look down at your shirt hem, there’s probably a double seam down there.  See?  [But just to clarify, most store bought clothing has a double seam hem created on a coverstitch machine.  And that’s a certain type of serger machine (some sergers also convert to coverstitch machines).  And if you want to spend a nice chunk of change on an coverstitch machine to make pretty hems, go right ahead…..but if not, get a double needle.  And then follow my tutorial here.]


I use my double needle a lot.  In fact, I think of reasons to use it because I love that crisp double line.   Here are a few examples.

Using the double needle, without the 2nd spool holder
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Using the double needle, without the 2nd spool holder
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However, a very common question/frustration I receive in my inbox, is that your machine doesn’t have a second spool holder for that 2nd spool of top thread.  (And putting two spools on the same spool, like I showed here, has created a tangled mess for you.)   See that spool holder on the right??  That thing flips up for me to use for a few different reasons……..and one of them, is to hold my 2nd spool of thread for the double seam.  And some of you may have that 2nd holder too.  And yes, it keeps those two threads better separated.




However, some of you don’t.  And may have been afraid to try using the double needle because of it.  (Or maybe you’re one of those who had trouble with the last tutorial because your two threads twisted on the same spool holder.)


So here’s a solution……..make your own!  Out of a dowel.




I just cut off part of a dowel (that was small enough for my spool to slide onto) and taped it vertically right to the side of my machine.  Then I slid the green spool of thread to give my top thread enough height so that the thread was free to spin.  (You may not need that “spool lift”…..depending on if the side of your machine jets out a bit like mine does where I taped the dowel.)  Then I placed the spool color that I needed on the top and made sure that the thread could pull freely.  Now my 2 spools of pink are ready to go………just like they would be with a built-in 2nd spool holder (shown above).



Now, pull your two strands of thread……and thread them through your machine, just like shown here.  And then follow the directions to use your double needle.

HINT:  You don’t have to have 2 spools of the same color.  The second spool could always be a loaded bobbin, in case you don’t want to purchase 2 full spools of a color you may not use very often.



Now, are you still worried whether or not your machine can work with the double needle??  If it can do a zig-zag, it can probably function with the double needle.  Just be SURE to use your zig-zag presser foot.  Not sure what that is?  It looks like this.  And has a wide open mouth to let the needle go back and forth for the zig-zag.



And there are different widths of double needles (how far apart the two needles are) but be sure that your double needle fits through that opening in your zig-zag presser foot.  This double needle is size 4mm and it’s the only one I use.  (However, here’s a variety pack of Double Needles online, with FREE shipping!)



And then sew away……..and create some practice double seams.



Here’s a view from the back.  My bobbin thread was white, so you can see how it looks.  Kind of a funky little zig-zag.



But because of that zig-zag, it allows the fabric to stretch.  That’s why I love using the double needle while sewing knit fabric.  It gives me my nice polished double seam hems……but still allows the fabric to stretch.  (This view is from the back side, to show the zig-zag stretching.)

(Animated image tutorial here.)
So don’t feel left out if you have an older machine or a more basic machine, without that 2nd spool holder.  You can still use that good ol’ double needle.  So go on and give it a try……and fall in love like I have.
And then make something new! :)
 (***And remember, if you can’t find Double Needles in your local store, here’s a nice variety pack online, with FREE shipping!)


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Frances Ramsay says:

    Your idea for the double thread worked I found a dowel and taped it to my machine and it worked .
    Now I have another problem ….I want to know how to shorten a tee shirt but keep the factory
    Hem .can you help me .

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  4. TalleySueNYC says:

    I have two pegs on my 1982 Kenmore. But when I tried to use a glossy embroidery thread, the thread just slid down off the spool and tangled around the peg. The vertical setup of the pegs wasn’t working.

    So I used a coat hanger and a dowel to make something that would hold the threads horizontally (I used one of those coat hangers that has a cardboard tube for pants; the hanger has a little hook bent into it already, to hold that tube.)

    And duct-taped it to the machine, of course.

  5. Christi says:

    so glad someone asked which stitch setting to use. I am confused as to how the zig-zag is formed on the back with a running stitch setting. Can you please explain this to me? I love this idea!

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      The zigzag just naturally forms. Since there’s only one thread on the underside, it gets caught first by one of the top threads, and then by the others. It has to go back and forth between the two top threads, which means that it zigs and zags. You don’t have to do anything–the sewing machine will make it happen.

  6. debbie says:

    I have just one question do you use the wooly nylon as your bobbin thread or regular thread

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      bobbin thread, usually.

  7. patricia says:

    i use a metal banana stand for large spools of thread, the stand has a round base and i hook the thread around the hook on top. it keeps the large spool from falling over, large spools don’t fit on the sewing machine

  8. Anonymous says:

    Think this is a dumb question, but new to using sewing machine, do you still have to use the bobbin, when using double needles ??? confused, thanks in advance

    1. Anonymous says:

      A bit of caution when using a double needle: Be sure your machine foot will accommodate a zig zag, as well as the throat plate. Otherwise you will have a broken needle. Many, if not all, Singer Featherweights came with a zipper-type foot and a straight stitch throat plate. To “Anonymous” – there are no “dumb questions”, we all have to learn by asking questions. Yes, you still have to use a bobbin when using a double needle. Also, a double needle does not take the place of a serger. Everyone who sews needs a serger – they are great! Shirley

  9. Melanie says:

    I just saw another tutorial that said if you load your two spools of thread (or bobbins) with one unwinding from the top and the other unwinding from the bottom, the threads don’t tangle so much. I haven’t tried it, but it might be worth checking out.

  10. Emily says:

    This is a great idea but you have to watch that extra spool of thread. It can get sucked up by and wound around your hand wheel which can do a number on your machine… (the dealer told me horror stories about it in my sewing classes for my new machine). Maybe use an empty spool for the bottom? Thanks for the tips!

  11. Etta says:

    I purchased my Sears Kenmore 40 years ago with a double needle. I have used that needle a lot right from the start.It has two posts for thread and two sets of tension discs for the needles. I have used it for many projects. Love your tutorials and great posts by other ladies.

  12. Irena says:

    Brilliant. Love your tutorials. And all the comments learnt a lot thank you to all you lovely ladies .

  13. Cass says:

    thank you for this amazing piece of logic!! I have never used a twin needle before, but knew my machine could, and purchased everything I needed this week to make tights … including a twin needle. but today, I can’t find my spool pin – it is lost in the abyss that is my sewing stuff. SO … I’m no longer frustrated and I’m off to stick something onto my machine!!!

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      you can buy new spool pins, if you want to replace it.

  14. ruqayyah says:

    Hi there, I’m just so glad i choose ur site/blog. thanks soooooo much. Your tutorial’s such a hit I’d rate it 10 stars out of 5. Pls how can i purchase those fabulous double needles, i live in Nigeria

    1. Toju says:

      I also live in Nigeria. I buy my sewing accessories on Amazon whenever I have friends or relatives travelling… then I ship to their hotels to bring back for me. The only problem is whenever a needle or accessory breaks I virtually weep because it’s not like I can rush to the corner store to grab one!

  15. Danielle says:

    I am new to sewing and had a question about this tutorial. If I understood it correctly, to make the double hem you will need a double needle, 2 of the same color threads, and a zig zag presser foot? Therefore, if I wanted to make a single straight stitch once I was done with the double needle, I would need to change back to the single needle and regular presser foot? Can you leave the zig zag presser foot on there and change out the needle to make a straight single stitch? Since the regular presser foot that came with my machine allows me to do a zig zag stitch (without the zig zag presser foot) when else would I use the zig zag presser foot?

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      For most machines, the regular presser foot *IS* a zigzag presser foot. Your basic foot probably is the zigzag foot (most sewing machines are zigzag machines, and for those machines, the zigzag is the default it gets shipped with, even if it doesn’t have any other foot).

      The zigzag presser foot is fine to use for almost anything–every machine I’ve used, the zigzag foot was the default even for straight stitching. Because, it’s very common to stitch seams with a straight stitch, and then finish a raw edge w/ the zigzag. So unless the fabric is really thin, there’s not much need to use a presser foot w/ a tiny hole. Few machines come with that foot, even. (It does exist.)

      So yes, you’d need to change to a single needle, but you can leave the zigzag presser foot on.

  16. Ase Randi says:


    I have another tip to share, if one have two sewing machines. (I inherited my mother in law’s old machine, which is even older than mine). I simply put one machine behind the other, and use the spool holder of the other machine as the second spool holder.

  17. Jane says:

    Do you have to have a double needle made for knits or can you use a universal double needle? The reason I ask is because when I went to the fabric store I could only find what is called a universal double needle.

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      Give it a try. The universal is tended to work for both knits and wovens. Some knits are more forgiving than others. I had one knit that would -not- work with the universal–the needle almost bounced off it (what really happened is that the tip got slowed down on its way through the fabric, and so it didn’t get to the bobbin hook in time to catch the bobbin thread–the timing was off. I thought it was my machine, but some experimenting showed me that with -that- fabric, I had to have a different tip on my needle.

      The selection for double needles isn’t usually that wide in stores; you can sometimes find a wider selection online.

  18. Karen says:

    Thank you for this innovative and creative solution to a potential problem! I took your advice and created a second spindle. I used a cosmetic brush (fan bristle type) with a thin, smooth handle. I cut off the brush bristles and stuck the handle in the hole just to the right of the bobin winder spool on top of my machine. When winding a bobbin I have to take it out, as it fills the little space needed to shift the bobbin to the right to lock it down for winding. Otherwise, I can happily use that little hole for my second spindle. I didn’t have my double needle yet, but I tried threading both colors through the single needle just to take it for a trial run. It sewed beautifully, making a very pretty two colored zigzag stitch. That in itself could be used creatively for a pretty two color top stitched seam. All in all, I love the fact that my machine can now use a double needle. VERY COOL. Thank you so much!

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      It’s really pretty to use two threads in a single needle, isn’t it?

  19. kathy says:

    I am pretty new to sewing, but I really want to try out the double needle. My basic singer doesn’t have a second spool, so
    I was looking for a good spot to tape my dowel. I noticed a little plastic disk stuck on top of my machine, and wondered if Singer uses the same cases for their upgraded machines. So I pryed off the disk with a screwdriver, it was glued in. Under it was the place to put the auxiliary spool, yea! Can’t wait to get the replacement part I ordered and try it out, and I can always use your great dowel fix!

    1. Suzanne says:

      Kathy — you are brilliant. I borrowed your idea on my Singer and pried off the plastic disk. Sure enough, there was a slot for an auxiliary spool. Thanks for sharing your clever idea.

  20. Gigja says:

    Hi, I love my twin needle but the thread always breaks after a short while, it’s very frustrating, so I’m wondering if I am doing something wrong or if it’s the sewing machine or something else?

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      -is the thread getting caught on the spindle/peg? I had a slippery thread, and that was happening to me.
      -are you putting the thread in opposite directions, so they don’t get tangled?
      -can you put the threads through separate spaces in the upper tension control?
      -how’s your tension?

  21. Pranita says:

    This is so cool! I bought a twin needle but left it unused for more than a year because I didn’t know how to use it. Very excited to try it out now, so thank you!

  22. Evie says:

    To prevent tangling, whenever there are 2 spools of thread side-by-side on a spool holder the thread should unwind from OPPOSITE directions, not from the same direction. :)

    1. Heather says:

      Thank you, I am going to try that right now!

    2. Heather says:

      Yes, that worked MUCH better and I have two spools. I could sew for a while before it was a problem but it was still a pain. My machine even has you thread through different spots on the tension disks but it was still tangling. Now I can finish this project without dread.

  23. Lela Carlile says:

    I have used a drinking straw to slip over the existing spool holder and cut it to the length I need

    1. heather says:

      What a Great idea! my spool holder is very short and i don’t have any dowls that small… i’m gonna try this :)

      but i cannot get my twin needle to grab the bobbin thread… it continually skips stitches and i have spent so many hours trouble shooting. I’m ready to pay the sewing machine mechanic to tell me what i’m doing wrong!

    2. TalleySueNYC says:

      This is a timing issue.

      I had trouble with this once, and it turned out that the particular knit I was using needed a different point to the needle. I think I was using “universal,” and it didn’t pass through the fabric swiftly enough, and it was arriving too late to catch the bobbin hook.

      Try switching to a different tip (ballpoint, sharp, universal), and see if that fixes anything.

      Stores don’t often carry very many options (not even in NYC’s fabric district!). You can find a wider variety of points online.

  24. Molly says:

    No matter what I do in terms of threading (thread and bobbin, two spools- one on a dowel taped to the side, two in glasses, threading with the bottommost thread guide and without, all thread tensions and all thread widths) I get one nice even row of stiches and one that skips multiple random stitches (i.e. cannot maintain the second thread tension and it gets bunched up). I’m 100 trials in and REALLY want this to work. Any ideas? (I am on a very basic singer).


  25. Revival says:

    Thanks for the brilliant tutorial. Can I use double needles to attach elastic lace on stretch?

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      yes–in fact, it would be great for that!~

  26. Srinivas V. Kudva says:

    The tutorial is very interesting. I look forward to try this out on the new Singer 8280 I got for my daughter.

  27. sewsally says:

    Question: can I use a double needle with my singer? I have not seen one made for singer, do they exist? I really want to use one! So professional looking!

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      yes, you very probably can. The vast majority of sewing machines sold today are zigzag machines.

      As for “made for singer”: almost every home machine uses the basic needle design. I think you can use any double needle you can get.

  28. Carolyn says:

    Many thanks to you for the information about the double needle. I have been sewing for 61 years, since my mom purchased her first singer machine. I took the classes and was hooked. My first machine was a featherwieght, as someone mentioned earlier. Now just to let you know, that it is never to late for someone to learn a new trick. I did not know about a double needle either. Just checked and my Singer is equiped with 2 spool post and the throttle plate affords plenty of room to try the double needle. I will use the double needle often. Such a blessing. Thanks Again

    Someone mentioned a smaller double needle than a 4mm to use in sewing pintucks. Great idea, I will use that also.


    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      There are lots of different sizes. I did manage to buy an 8mm, which is too wide to fit my machine. I think it will work on some high-end Janomes (which are sort of “semi-pro” machines, to be honest)

  29. Abi Makes says:

    thanks so much for posting, i never even knew double needle existed, let alone how to use them, until i saw this :)
    my attempts are here –

  30. Lindsay says:

    I’m so excited to try this! Your tutorials are awesome and have caused me to really branch out! I got my double needle today and I have some elastic thread ready to be tried out as well!

  31. Sewil says:

    Thanks for the idea. Your site is just wonderful.

  32. Kim says:

    This is awesome! Every time I go into Joanns they try to upsell me to the $1K plus serger because of the coverstitch option, although that would be NICE, now I can say “Ha!, I can do it anyway!” Thank you!!!

  33. Dana Nichols says:

    Brilliant! I wanted to use my double needle the other day, but didn’t have the spool holder so I vetoed the idea. Now I know just what to do next time I want to use it! Thanks!

  34. Christine says:

    What a creative solution! Unfortunately, my sewing machine only has one little hole for the needle to go through (a 1957 Singer Featherweight from my Grandma’s friend), so I can’t try it out on my machine. Last year, I did find out (and quickly bought) there is an attachment that allows it to make a zigzag.

    1. Tabitha says:

      The double needles I’ve purchased have one shaft so its designed for the single needle slot. HTH

  35. Alison J Prata O'Grady says:

    Great idea! The very best thread in the bobbin for working with twin needles is wooly nylon. Look for it where thread is sold. It is in the bobbin so don’t worry about having every color. It can be a bugger to get it beginning to wind on the bobbin winder but definitely worth the struggle.
    Wooly nylon is stretchy so it gives and services both needles beautifully. I use this type of needle set up and the wooly nylon when I hem knits and tee shirts. TRY it!

    1. debbie says:

      thank you for the info on the wooly nylon thread That was my number one problem

  36. Debbie says:

    Great idea here. I just wanted to added a tip about double needles. Recently, I broke my last double needle sewing swimsuits for my 2 granddaughters. In a pinch, I followed the instructions in my sewing machine manual for using 2 regular needles side by side and it worked great! I was able to finish the swimsuits on time (last night) and they look awesome.

    My “go to” machine is a vintage Singer Slant O Matic 401A which is a real work horse.

    Have a wonderful day!


    1. Heather says:

      I have one of those, too, and tried two needles for the first time recently. Worked great until the threads tangled (and I’m pretty sure I followed the manual’s instructions to the letter). I tried threading the second thread to unwind in the opposite direction, per a comment below and it is staying untangled so far. Phew! I’m not sure all machines have this feature but I’m sure glad ours does!

  37. Controlling My Chaos says:

    Wow. Thanks for an awesome tip. I recently bought a new machine and now I know what to do with that second spool. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a double needle. I learned something new today!

  38. Brittani says:

    Seriously … I don’t even NEED buttons. I sew almost exclusively for a two year old and a negative-three-month-old. No buttons at all. But I’m going to need to buy a new drawer for my notions box after I get done spending money on that website! :P

    Thank you, I totally love it! Also I love that they name their buttons and they have a Brittani! :)

  39. Holly says:

    I just used thread on a spare bobbin and put it on the same spool holder as my main spool. I ran my left side thread (bobbin) to my left needle and my 2nd spool (right) to the right needle. Worked great!

  40. Danielle says:

    I never knew about double needles and I can’t wait to try it! I have always been intimidated by knits but this makes it seem a bit more approachable! Thank you so much for sharing!

  41. Penelope says:

    I too love my double needle! I used a very narrow one for pin tucks on a blessing gown. And I used one the other day to hem a skirt (repurposed t-shirt to a dress)

    When my littles had lost my detachable post for the second spool, I took a skewer and pushed it into playdough in the hole and let it dry there. Worked well enough until I found the post, which was cause for celebration like ice cream sundaes!

    I really love so much of what you share. I even covered a hole on that dress with the shirred flower. I had never used elastic thread before and I’m excited to try more with it.

    And Sherry… it is a zig zag stitch set at zero width (my machine shows a double needle on the dial). I use a longer stitch for hemming.

    1. Alicia Hart says:

      Once you start shirring it’s like a little addiction that spreads. I started making barbie skirts by shirring the top so that the waist was tight and the hip area was loose. Then a couple piece of velcro and yeeha, all done.

    2. Toju says:

      Oh can I do my shirring with a double needle? that will be so cool!

  42. Alicia Hart says:

    I have been using my double needle and LOVE IT! It’s great for finishing edges on things that are reversible.

    You’ve done a lot of repurposing your own clothing, or hubby’s for kids clothing or totes/projects. It gave me inspiration. I just starting taking my daughters size 4 dresses and cutting them and putting elastic in a new waistline. I reorganize bows and buttons and made skirts that are a size 5/6 for my daughter. By the time she is done with it, it will be a total of 2-3 years she has been able to wear it. I love saving money and keeping a daughter happy because she doesn’t have to give away her treasured item.

  43. corinne says:

    Ashley, you are so brilliant. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Love the ideas in the comments, too!

  44. SydneyB says:

    Another thing I do (because I’m cheap) is instead of buying two things of thread I make another bobbin and use it as my extra spool. Works like a charm, and sometimes I don’t want to have an extra spool of obscure colored thread poking around:)

  45. MicheleN says:

    Thanks for the tip. Out of curiosity, what kind of sewing machine do you have and would you recommend it? I’m afraid that I might need a new one soon.

  46. Sarah says:

    I love my double needle, but yesterday when I used it my machine kept skipping stitches. I unpicked, rethreaded, and started over but the problem didn’t go away. Any ideas what’s up and how I can fix the problem?

    1. smoods says:

      Mine does too! I’ve tried all kinds of combinations of stitch width, tension, and length and it hasn’t helped.

    2. Catherine says:

      I read a hint that you make sure the threads are feeding from their spools or bobbins (if that is what you use for your second source) in opposite directions. I haven’t needed to try it yet, but it makes sense that it might prevent the tangling.

    3. Bobbi says:

      Sometimes the issue is a dull needle. Always use a new needle with a new project. Also, using the incorrect thread for the fabric you are using can cause this issue.

    4. Sindia says:

      I had that problem too, I just changed the needle for a thinner one and it worked.

    5. TalleySueNYC says:

      You may also have the wrong type of needle tip for your fabric.

      I had one particular knit that would not let the universal needle pass through rapidly enough to arrive at the bobbin hook in time to catch the thread. I did a lot of experimenting w/ lots of needles before I figured that out.
      That needle worked fine on another knit and on wovens.

      I think I ended up having to use a “stretch” twin needle.

  47. Marie says:

    Sherry, the stitch is just your regular running stitch, usually the first option on your machine.

    Question for Ashley: can you do a tutorial on working with knits? Help with the kinds of thread to use, tension settings, etc. would be VERY helpful. I’m new to knits, and am feeling rather intimidated ~ trial and error usually works for me, but I’ve somehow messed up three separate creations (much to the disappointment of my daughters.) Help?

    1. Brittani says:

      I second this motion. I could use the information too :)

    2. Anonymous says:

      I third that idea!

    3. Anonymous says:

      Me too

    4. J says:


  48. Sherry says:

    thanks for that! I do have a serger, but you can’t serge everything (like swirly tight curves) so this is a good one to try. What I seem to be missing though, is what STITCH setting is used?

  49. Nicole @ Raggedy Creek Creations says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  50. Shantel says:

    great post! I am wondering though where you find your double needles? I seem to be having a hard time finding them lately! Even joannes hasn’t had them of late.

    1. Alicia Hart says:

      I found mine at a local thread shop. But here is a sewing place that has a pretty reasonable price. I spent $4.99 I think for mine. They have their’s at 3.99

    2. Anonymous says:

      Amazon has suppliers I got 2,4,6 three pack, free shipping, my whole order was over $25 (not just needles.

    3. TalleySueNYC says:

      I work near NYC’s fabric district and went buying all the double needles I could find. Even there, they didn’t have a huge selection, so I ended up ordering a variety of them online.

  51. Jo says:

    Such a great post! I was just looking at my machine the other day and wondering why it had two spool holders (duh!) This is perfect for finishing the knit dress I have planned for my daughter!

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      The other thing you can do w/ two spools is to run both threads through a single needle. (You might want an embroidery needle to get a slightly larger hole, but I’ve truthfully never needed it; both threads fit through the regular hole just fine.)

      Thread one thread first, and the other afterward; and of course, have the threads coming off the spools in different directions (one clockwise, the other counterclockwise).

  52. Courtenay says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE & NEEDED to read this. THANKS!!!! I teach this in my sewing classes all the time.
    But I love that you have found a solution to those that don’t have the double thread option. But you also,
    visually explained the option of sewing with the double needle so nicely. Thanks I am sharing this link.

  53. jenny says:

    Good to know! Thanks for this post. I didn’t think I could do this because of my machine. Had no idea the double needle was possible (I guess I just didn’t think about it). This is great! Now I don’t need to feel like I must have a serger. I like the zig-zag on the back too. Yay!! I feel like a whole new world has opened up for me!

  54. Laura Wiebe says:

    My second spool holder is broken so my Mom taught me the easiest trick that doesn’t involve any taping. Just put a drinking glass on the table behind your sewing machine and drop your spool of thread in the glass. You can then go ahead and thread both needles. Works like a charm.

    1. Alicia Hart says:

      My mom did that when her spool holder broke. What’s it with mom’s and fixing stuff? :-)

    2. Jan MacKay says:

      Moms know best, yea they do

    3. Alicia Hart says:

      Absolutely almost always. lol

    4. Hilary Dudley says:

      Yes! I have some of the larger spools of serger thread (cones) that dont fit on my spindle so I have a mason jar behind my machine and I just drop them in. Works great!

    5. anne boorman says:

      Oh my! If only I had seen this last month when Joann’s had cones on sale dirt cheap. Thank you so much for the tip! I’ve been afraid to try the double needle that came with my new machine, too. I’m getting it out today!

    6. Toju says:

      I put a pencil in the little hole just beside the bobbin winder as extra spool holder.

  55. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life says:

    Thank you for posting this. I always thought you needed a special machine for using the double needle. I will have to try this as I have a few things I could really use this stitch for!

  56. HW says:

    My spool holder broke a while back and so I just taped it vertically on the back of my machine anyway. Then when I read your double needle tutorial I taped a crochet hook (with the hook side down) next to it and loaded on a bobbin. Works great and is a cheap fix!

    1. Alicia Hart says:

      way to go!!! people are so a throw away generation, it’s nice to see someone with some industriousness and creativity. Works just as well doesn’t it?

    2. Alayna says:

      I know this is an old comment (and post) but I actually had the exact same thing happen right after my first time using my sewing machine as I really didn’t have a proper place to use my machine at the time. And it was really quite inexpensive to have it fixed, I was super worried about the cost and didn’t even look into it for ages.

    3. TalleySueNYC says:

      You can buy new spindles pretty cheaply, just in case anybody wanted to replace instead of jury-rig.

  57. Terra says:

    You can also wind a bobbin and use the bobbin as the second spool of thread. Just put it on the little thing on top of your machine that you put it on to wind it. At least, that’s what my high school sewing teacher had me do.

    1. TalleySueNYC says:

      This is what I do. The things I sew w/ a double needle are never a long enough distance that I need two whole spools of thread. I just spin out two bobbins (I don’t have wooly nylon, so use matching thread for underneath).

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