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Date: 7/13/08 0:45 AM

Is this a specialty machine that only does this one thing? What else is it good for?

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Date: 7/13/08 0:58 AM

Well, let's see..a coverstitch machine hems not only knits but also wovens. It does a chain stitch that can be used for basting or deco work and with different feet can be used for other things. I don't own a special coverstitch machine but own a serger/coverlock. Though it is only a 4 thread it also has 3 coverhem stitches, chain stitch and has 5 needle postions and 17 different stitches. I'm happy that it also has automatic tensions that never need changing between the stitch programs.
Any coverhem machine can be used for putting on binding, making belt loops and straps and applying ribbons, bands and braids. I like to make coverlock plaid fabrics with pretty threads that is especially pretty using bright thread on dark fabric . I do a lot of my grandkids clothes with the triple needle coverstitch with the thread in a different color than the fabric and use the reversed woven stitches on the top of the fabric for a deco look. Chainstitch smocking with varigated thread is nice too. Coverstitches and chain stitches are done on the center of the fabric and much can be done with them.
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Date: 7/13/08 1:13 AM

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Chainstitch smocking with varigated thread is nice too.

Betakin, can you please describe the method for Chainstitch smocking with varigated thread ?
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Date: 7/13/08 4:43 AM

I learned about chainstitch smocking from the book Creative Serging by Nancy Bednar and Anne Van Dr Kley. This book tells much about deco serging and that is where I also first saw coverlock plaid and really loved it. There is also some sections on serger chain art and different techniques done with chainstitch and coverhem and also using pearls etc. on fabric.
For chainstitch smocking, you can use the threads of choice but remember to increase your stitch length if you increase the widths of your deco threads. Varigated threads come in both maxilock cones and in regular spools. When doing the chainstitch smocking just increase your differential feed as you would when gathering with any serger and space your rows of stitching about 1/2 in. apart. This is pictured in the book with the varigated thread and it is very colorful on a dark fabric.
You can also do chainstitch smocking with elastic thread and use your differential feed. Then use a steam iron just over the elastic thread to draw it up. I haven't tried it with the elastic thread but it is explained in the book.

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Date: 7/13/08 5:57 AM

Many thanks for your helpful explanation Betakin
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Date: 7/13/08 6:23 AM

Your very welcome.

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Date: 7/13/08 9:35 AM

The chainstitch smocking sounds lovely. I really need to expand what I do with my cs. I have binders and never mastered them. Time to sit and learn!

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Date: 7/13/08 10:39 AM

Uh oh Linda. Are you thinking about buying a new machine??

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Date: 5/15/09 1:53 PM

What a wonderful idea! I have searched all over the place for smocking techniques with my new Brother!

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Date: 5/15/09 6:46 PM

Betakin, may I ask what serger you have? I am starting the quest for a new serger. Mine is a very old Babylock 3-thread I was convinced the Babylock Imagine was the way to go, but I have been researching, and now i am not so sure that I MUST have jet air threading. Maybe I'm loopy, but I actually enjoy threading my serger.

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