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Date: 11/9/09 9:30 PM

So...DH bought a fancy-schmancy new camera, which means I get a serger!

I'm planning on buying a Baby Lock, as I have the Crafter's Choice machine now and I adore it.

Of course the first thing the salesgirl shows me is the Evolution...which is like $3k. It's fabulous, but near as I can tell, the only thing that differentiates it from the other machines is that it can do a coverstitch. What's the difference between a coverstitch and the overlock stitch?

I know the Evolution also does the wave stitch, which is cool-looking, but I don't do that much embellishing and prefer more traditional-looking quilts.

I'm thinking about either the Imagine or the Eclipse. But then they also have a separate Cover Stitch machine? I dunno.

I do a lot of garment sewing, but if the overlock stitch is just as functional as the cover stitch, then I'm not spending an extra $1000 on it.

TIA! All opinions welcome!

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Date: 11/9/09 10:47 PM

The Babylock Imagine is really the best overlocker or serger I have ever used and I am pleased with it.

The coverstitch is the 2 or three thread hem finish you see in ready-to-wear. Not necessary but nice to have if you do knits. I have a separate machine for coverstitch because I hate switching back and forth and prefer simple.

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Date: 11/10/09 0:13 AM

I bought the Evolve earlier this year and absolutely love it. Yes, it was expensive. But I ABSOLUTELY love it. I have sewn great, professional looking knit clothes all summer. I previously had never made anything knit that was wearable before. I have also used my mother's older(maybe 15 yrs old) Babylock serger, too- and even at that age it produced a wonderful quality stitch! The stitch quality of my old serger could not hold a candle to the Babylock. The ease of use is great with the Babylock, too.
As for the coverstitch ability, I have to say that if you want to sew knit clothing, consider the standalone coverstitch machine along with the Imagine, or get one of the combo machines- Evolve(older than the Evolution- maybe discounted now?) or Evolution. The cost of the standalone machines vs. 2 separate machines will be in the same ballpark cost wise(maybe even a little less for 2 machines), so it will be up to your preference. I wasn't sure which way to go when I purchased mine, but basically got the combo b/c I demoed it and liked it. No nearby dealer had a standalone coverstitch in the shop for me to try. I wasn't keen on committing to a model that I had never seen or sewn on, but maybe that is just me:)
Good luck- I think anyway you go you will be happy!

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Date: 11/11/09 0:46 AM

You asked what the difference was between a coverstitch and an overlock stitch.

A coverstitch is used primarily for hemming. It does a particularly nice job on knits, which can be hard to hem by machine, but also does a very nice job on wovens. Take a look at the hem of any RTW T-shirt and you will see a coverstitch. It is two (or three) rows of stitching (usually) on the front of the fabric with a zig-zag type stitch between those rows on the back of the fabric. Coverstitching is also sometimes used for decorative surface stitching.

An overlock stitch is mainly used either to finish fabric edges before sewing seams or to sew seams while finishing the edges at the same time. Take a look at the inside seams of a RTW T-shirt and you will see what an overlock stitch is. Overlock machines also do rolled hems and other narrow stitches that finish fabric edges without the need for hemming.

When space isn't an issue, many on PR like having the coverstitch and overlock machines separate rather than in one machine. This saves time while sewing, because you don't need to convert the machine between the two functions while sewing a garment. I have an Imagine Wave and a Babylock Coverstitch machine and have been very happy with this arrangement. But if you're considering getting one before the other, I'd strongly suggest that you get the serger first. Once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever sewed without it. Good luck with your decision!

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Date: 2/3/13 6:46 PM

(I know this was posted a while ago, but it just became important for me.)

Thank you for the clarification on the difference. I need a coverstitch, but stores online tend to use the names interchangeably whether it does it or not, most likely because they don't know either. The clarification you gave will help me get the right machine shipped to my house (since we don't have a sewing machine store near by).

Thanks!

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Date: 2/4/13 12:53 PM

There is a separate BL coverstitch machine if you wish to add it later (and if you do like the wave stitch but don't want to go full board with the Evolution, the Enlighten has the wave and much better lighting than the Imagine).

But one thing the Evolution, or machines that have combination serging/coverstitching/chain stitching has that you won't get with two separate machines is a safety stitch - a straight chain stitch accompanied with an overlock stitch. I use this a lot for construction of seams on wovens where I want a nice finished 3/8" seam that looks good inside and is wider than even a wide serging stitch. For a good visual look at the stitches on their website or look inside a pair of jeans or kids or men's khaki pants, most constructed this way. I use it for men's shirts, a faux suede studded jeans jacket and other items and people are amazed it's "homemade". Just my preference.

Coverstitch capability is very desireable for hemming knits as noted, but it's also handy to do perfect parallel rows of topstitching in a single pass - I'm doing that on a linen jacket, natural color with a very fine metallic woven in (which I seamed with the 5 thread wide safety stitch) using coordinating metallic thread where I'm topstitching either side of the seamline. You can use the coverstitch function upside down - place fabric right side down so the wrong side of stitch is on the fabric - it mimics a lot of sportswear created on industrial machines with top/bottom coverstitch look. I have also placed metallics and heavy decorative threads in the lower looper of coverstitches to do this and you can create some interesting (and textural) decorative effects. A lot more to do than just hemming knits!

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Date: 2/4/13 1:33 PM

Quote: blanken6
(I know this was posted a while ago, but it just became important for me.)



Thank you for the clarification on the difference. I need a coverstitch, but stores online tend to use the names interchangeably whether it does it or not, most likely because they don't know either. The clarification you gave will help me get the right machine shipped to my house (since we don't have a sewing machine store near by).



Thanks!

So what serger did you get?
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Date: 4/11/13 7:49 PM

I'm curious as to what machine you decided on and if you like it as well!

Barbara3, thank you so much for the explanation of the difference between the two types of stitch!!

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Date: 6/8/13 8:32 AM

This just became important to me as well, so I'm also adding my thanks to Barbara for her explanation. I am also curious as to which serger you purchased.

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