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Cindi Basson
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Date: 2/14/11 0:24 AM

Hi there,

Has anyone tried to do shirring with a coverpro or serger? I am currently shirring the elastic n bobbin method but was wondering if I tread the elastic on the looper if I wont be able to get the "chain-stitch" look like store bought shirred items.

Have not tried it yet just looking into it for now. Please let me know if you had any sucsess or if it is a bad idea!

Thank you!

Cindi

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Date: 2/14/11 1:03 AM

Not a bad idea at all. This is how RTW is done.

I've used my Brother Coverstitch machine and previously my Huskylock 936 using the chainstitch. Both worked really well. All I did was set up the machine for chainstitch, threaded the looper with the shirring elastic and one needle with ordinary thread. I did have to fiddle with the tension and stitch length but that wasn't hard. The main thing is to reduce the tension on the looper and then test sew on scraps until it looks right. Once finished give the garment lots of steam with your iron which gathers up the fabric more. HTH

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Date: 2/14/11 1:14 AM

Thanks for the fast responde Belinda!

Thats is what I thought was just a bit scared I will "damage" my machine! Oh cant wait to get home and try it!

Enjoy your day!

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Date: 2/15/11 9:00 AM

I've done it on my coverstitch. It worked like a dream! All I had to do was tighten up the diff feed. Next time, I'll tie off my beginning/ending somehow, because the stitches came out terribly in the wash. Oops!

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Date: 2/15/11 10:28 AM

Oh thank,

Did not think about the diff feed! Been struggeling like crazy! Will give it a go and keep you posted - thanks

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Date: 2/15/11 12:53 PM

Ok gonna take a break now ggggrrrrr! just as I think I got it it goes haywire! Need to take a break! Ordered the "Serger Secret" book and have to wait 10 to 15 working days :(

Will keep all updated on the progress

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Date: 5/10/11 1:27 PM

This is what I am trying to do on my Janome 1000 CP!
My problem is that I cannot get the tension right: needle thread on 9 is still too loose, lower thread (elastic) is not loose enough, even when tension is 0.
I have a strong feeling that the elastic is too thick: the standard shirring-thread is about 1 mm (it comes in small cones, holding only 10 or 20 meters. In RTW I see thinner elastic, but that is not generally available in the Netherlands.
My questions: what elastic thread do you use, what tension-settings/differential settings do you use en what stitch-length? I would like to shirr woven cotton as well als cotton/lycra jersey?
Thank you so much!
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Date: 5/22/11 6:52 PM

I used the Gutermann elastic thread from Joann Fabrics. I found it in with the regular thread. It does seem thinner than the kind in the elastic section of the store. I cannot remember the tension settings, I'm sorry.

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Date: 5/25/11 5:20 PM

Thanks, I can get this stuff here! Do you use this in the looper, and regular sewing thread in the needle?
And do you get a real chain in elastic and does it stretch enough? I have allmost given up trying this, but I keep on wondering what I am doing wrong.
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Jo

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Date: 5/28/11 1:23 PM

I found this link: hope this helps... I will try this too!

Shirring Madness

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