The uses of wing needles other then heirloom sewing…. I’ve seen where you can use wing needles to (I’m going to say) hem a piece of flannel to where you can crochet an edging around it. I have tried and tried and not been successful at this. What am I doing wrong or not doing properly? Please advise. Thanks and Merry Christmas, Marie.
Wing needles work best when used on natural fiber fabrics (like cotton or linen) with a very lightweight thread such as Mettler 60-weight cotton. You would select a heirloom stitch and use one or two layers of light tear away stabilizer underneath the stitches. I wouldn’t personally use it on flannel because it’s primary use is for hemming lightweight linen & cotton fabrics but if you must then practice, practice, practice! If you used it on a cotton lightweight flannel to evenly space the holes to add a crochet hem then use the longest stitch width & length that you machine will offer & the lightest Weight cotton thread & tear away underneath. Weight
There are several stitches that work well with a wing needle but if you do not use a tear away stabilizer, the stitches will look very sloppy and the needle will “chew” up the fabric. Below are two of the most common stitches to practice with:
- Entredeux stitch
- Pinstitch or Blanket stitch
Here is a photo of what a traditional wing needle hem looks like on a lightweight linen fabric.