Dress . . . not this time. I liked this dress, and it actually fit me just about perfectly, but I thought I would get more wear out of it as a top instead.
Purchased for $2.99 … who can hate that???
So, no big deal, just cut it off and hem it, right? WELL, there was this machine stitched hem which I wanted to imitate in my refashion.
Time for . . . the DOUBLE NEEDLE !!!
Have you seen one of these and wondered how and where you would ever use it?
I DO think that you have to have a machine which accommodates a double needle, as mine has a “Double Needle” BUTTON which I have to push to make the machine know to use both top threads. So …. this might not work for everyone’s machines … sorry!
I decided where to cut the dress.
Next, I serged the bottom edge to keep it from stretching as I sewed my new hem.
Then I ironed up about 5/8 inch of hem to the underside.
I removed my single needle and inserted the double needle. Then, following the instructions in my sewing machine manual, I pushed the button for the “Double Needle,” threaded two spools of top thread, and threaded them through both needles. Only one regular bobbin is necessary. I then stitched my new hem . . . . . . SO EASY!!!!
Final step was to iron the new hem so it lay smoothly! That’s all there was to this DOUBLE NEEDLE project!
Here is the finished shirt …. $2.99, about 45 minutes of my time, and a complete sense of satisfaction!!!