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    Triple needle

    Anyone using a triple needle for the end channels on their hammocks? If so what type of machine are you using and best way to thread it.

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    Unless you have a machine with three bobbins to go with the three needles, all three rows of stitching will share one single lower thread resulting in a pretty decorative stitch with little strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Unless you have a machine with three bobbins to go with the three needles, all three rows of stitching will share one single lower thread resulting in a pretty decorative stitch with little strength.
    What he said...the double and triple needles are only meant for decorative stitching, they are never meant to be used for a seam or anything that requires stability and strength.

    There are some industrial machines out there that can do three rows of straight stitching at a time but I don't think that was what you were talking about.

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    As I am still learning I figured there was a difference and actually I was also wondering if the heavy duty triple stitch machines are versatile enough to go back to single straight stitch as needed. I am also on the hunt for such machine and they seem hard to find or ridiculously expensive

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    Can't comment on the triple stitch feature, however, you can achieve a double stitch using whats called a cover stitch with a serger.

    However, serging is completely different than using a regular sewing machine.

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    I saw a double needle machine the other day that applied bias tape over a seam. I think it was in the $8000+ range.

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    I've worked with two commercial sewing shops and neither had a triple-needed machine. Double, but not triple.
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    Seen the doubles used by auto trimmers for French seams but never heard or seen a triple before

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    You can use a single needle and put two top threads through the single needle, this does add strength, but i prefer just to use extra strong thread top and bottom and lower the tension on both for a tie out attachment of something load bearing.
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    Why the need for a triple needle arrangement? Does it really save you that much time vs making 3 single-thread passes?

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