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Date: 2/2/06 8:47 PM

Ok, I know Lisa Laree did a review/tip on this (see this link), but I am still trying to find out about doing the type of mock coverstitch that you see joining seams in loungewear/exercise clothes. SOrry for the bad photos.

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I saw someone describe how to do this on Sew Much More, but of course it was one of the episodes I didn't tape. I think it invovled zigzaging on the front and then doing a straight stitch, but not sure. If someone knows, I'd love to see it posted as a tip!

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Date: 2/2/06 9:15 PM

what you are showing looks more like a flat-lock than a coverstitch. why not just do a flat lock on your serger? I did a tip onetime about a faux coverstitch but it's not for seams.

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Date: 2/2/06 10:11 PM

I know what you're talking about but I must have deleted my link to the page when I got my CS machine last year.
I did use the technique on the CF seam of a knit tunic top.It worked well, though hasn't stood up to washing as well as I'd hoped. However, it looks very good compared to the real thing.
What I did was o/l the chosen UPPER raw edge with 3 thread method(could use 4 thread and topstitch over the outside straight row of stitches, as well as next to the edge-hence 2 rows of stitching.)Then I lapped this o/l'd edge over the other raw CF edge and stitched right next to the edge,to join the pieces of fabric together. As my fabric was a navy knit, no individual stitches show much so it looks just like CS. (I had copied a rtw top exactly and so could put them side by side.)
I hope this helps. I think the *washability factor* could be improved upon by adjusting the o/l settings and testing before commiting to the final run.

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Date: 2/2/06 10:37 PM

You need a special industrial machine (more machines to lust after). You can do a similar stitch by using a coverstitch machine and sewing from the wrong side.

I love this stitch too but I can't justify another machine, although don't think I haven't tried.

I think it is called an interlock stitch (??). Just in case you want a new machine.

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Date: 2/2/06 10:53 PM

I have a technique for a mock coverstitch to join seams. I use a four thread overlocker (serger), and sew the seam with wrong sides together, then topstitch the seam down. I use matching thread and stitch pretty close to the outer edge of the overlocking, and it's really hard to see the extra row of stitching. The finished result does look like a coverstitched seam. It'll only work for joined pieces though, so if you want to use it on a hem you need to add a hem band. (Which I have done, and like the look)

I posted it as a tip with a photo of the finished seam a while back (like a year or more maybe) if you could find that!

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Date: 2/3/06 8:01 AM

Here's Judy's tip on mock coverstitch.

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Date: 2/3/06 9:26 AM

Now that is a useful tip! Thanks, Judy!!

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Date: 2/3/06 10:59 AM

Hi Kristine -
on my recent pair of Burda Pink Velour Trackpants I used the "upside down coverstitch method" for the hems and around the waistband. It worked great and looks awesome. If you have a coverstitch, simply feed the fabric in "upside down" from what you normally would.

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Date: 2/3/06 11:16 AM

Nope, I don't have a coverstitch unfortunately. However, I think Judy's tip is the one that I was looking for. In my drug-induced haze (soooo sick) I used that sweatshirt as an exanple, but of course Dr Sue is right, that's a flatlock and not actually what I wanted to show. The upsidedown serger/topstitching thing is probably more like what I wanted.

Thanks everyone. I think my brain has had one too many doses of NyQuil. It's so nice to know you guys can do my thinking for me.

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Date: 2/3/06 11:18 AM

Ugh. It is awful to be sick with little ones to care for. I hope you get well soon!

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