As this is a solid print fabric I knew the hem would be pretty visible so wanted to give my twin needles their first outing. I had bought both ballpoint and stretch twin needles in preparation and set up my new Janome DKS100 with two spools, inserted the ballpoint needles and grabbed a scrap to see how it looked and disaster! The right hand needle was mostly skipped stitches so I re-threaded the machine, changed the bobbin, changed the presser foot tension and nothing made any difference. I was ready to give up when I decided to switch the needles for the stretch ones and low and behold it worked perfectly straight away. I had read that ballpoint was best for jersey type knits and stretch for high lycra content such as swimwear so thought I was opting for the right one. I haven't been able to find any other details about how to choose the right type of twin needle so if you have any info I would love to hear it. I am really pleased with how the hem eventually turned out and have used it on a couple of dresses since.
Sew Essential offer up a lovely range of dressmaking fabrics, I have my eye on some of this scrummy velvet for an Autumn/Winter version of the Lady Skater. How perfect would that be?! Christmas party dress sorted. I can't believe I mentioned the C word already, haha. Apologies for the squinting in the photos, I need to remember to wait til the sun has gone down before attempting outfit photos. Direct sunlight is not the most flattering, I am all squinty with too many harsh shadows but the dress looks ace so ho-hum.
Dress: Made by me using wool mix jersey from Sew Essential*
Pattern: Lady Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo
Shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks