Life has been very busy lately with teaching, making teaching samples and a recent attendance at Quilt Canada in Halifax. As a BERNINA Brand Ambassador in Canada, I decided that I would like to demonstrate Twin Needle Ruler Quilting With a Long Arm Machine at the Bernina Canada booth.
Twin needle ruler quilting really is amazing!
BERNINA Canada Booth at Quilt Canada!
Twin Needle Ruler Work On A BERNINA Q20 & Studio Frame
To be very effective at twin needle ruler quilting with a long arm machine, you must use 3 or 4 mm twin needles, the Adjustable Ruler Foot Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S or the Ruler Foot #96 and the Twin Needle Plate for the Q Series Long Arm Machines (BERNINA Q24 , Q16 or Q20) & any 1/4″ thick machine quilting rulers. I used BERNINA & Amanda Murphy rulers for this sample. In addition, you will also need the Ruler Work Kit installed on your BERNINA Q Series Machine. A photo of my demo sampler quilt is shown below:
Tips for Success
Some important notes to remember when trying this technique to ensure even stitches:
- The BERNINA Q Series stitch plate for twin needle is suitable for working with 3 and 4 mm twin needles. It is easy to insert and has openings for the BSR sensors
- You must thread the machine correctly.
- I recommend to watching this video Threading for Twin Needles
- Pull the bobbin thread up to the top when you start, only one of the needle threads to pull up the bobbin thread and tie your threads off. Do the same at the end of the stitching
- One thing to consider is the back may not look as pristine as the front . There is a zig zag look on the back with two threads capturing the bobbin thread. If this is a concern, I recommended using busy fabric on the back of your quilt or fabric
- There are so many design possibilities with this technique, you could showcase this on a tote bag, placemat, pillow or home decor item as well
- The twin needle allows a quilter the ability to cover more space in a shorter amount of time
- If you stitch horizontally, you will get a straight line therefore I like to choose curvilinear designs for this reason.
- If you use two different colours of thread in the twin needles you get a very creative, colourful effect
- If you stitch a straight line vertically you will also get the double needle effect, see my samples below
I hope you enjoyed this post about Twin Needle Ruler Quilting With a Long Arm Machine. Think of the possibilities of what you can do by just giving it a try. Suggested ideas for practise: quilt up a big quilt sandwich with twin needle free motion or ruler work quilting and make pot holders, make up bags, tote bags, decorator pillows, oven mitts and so much more. The possibilities are endless and so is the fun!