T-Shirt Redesign with a Twin Needle Hem

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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The T-shirt dress before...
and a cute knit top after!
The twin needle in action on my newly formed hem.
The T-shirt dress before...

The T-shirt dress before...

Photo: Shannon Dennis

I loved the top of this T-shirt dress. I wasn't such a big fan of the ruffled dress part. However, the price was more than I could say no to, so the dress and I made the trek up to my sewing room the other night with one mission.


First, I cut off the ruffles on the bottom just along the hemline. I finished the new raw edge with an overlock stitch and folded it up to create a hem. Next, I got out a 3.0 twin needle. Twin needles come in different sizes, and unlike regular needle sizes and types, a twin needle size indicates the distance between the two needles. There are different ways to thread your machine for a twin needle, so make sure to consult the user's manual for your sewing machine.

Once you have your twin needle threaded and your hem pinned in place, select a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Stitch the hem in place. If you see that your stitching is puckering the hem or creating a "tunnel" instead of lying flat, simply change the tension on your sewing machine until it lies flat. After that, I pressed it and voila! I have a cute new top to wear on vacation next week!


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