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What uses do you find for this stitch?
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Date: 2/15/11 8:48 PM

Just wondering what people use this stitch for. How is it useful to you and why do you prefer it to another way of accomplishing the same purpose, i.e., basting?

Thanks.....Just trying to make the most use of my stitches.

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Date: 2/15/11 11:46 PM

I have often wondered the same thing...?

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Date: 2/16/11 0:11 AM

The main thing I use it for is to baste a muslin/toile together. Other uses are when I want the look of a straight stitch on a knit or stretch fabric but I need the stitch to stretch, eg. a narrow binding.

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Date: 2/16/11 0:45 AM

basting or decorative topstitching

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Date: 2/16/11 8:01 AM

I have two sewing machines (not sergers) that do this. They are the "notorious" Touch and Sew Singers. I use this stitch extensively when I'm stitching a muslin together. It doesn't use bobbin thread and when I want to rip, I break a chain and pull. I used it years ago when my son was little, to lengthen pants as he got older (known as "growth tucks"). I made his pantlegs really long, then tucked them up with the chainstitch and removed the stitch when he got older. It saves ripping time and frustration.

If you plan to use this stitch on your machine/serger as a permanent stitch, make sure you stitch over the thread chains on the back of your fabric. Otherwise, if your thread should break, (as in you didn't have enough ease in an area and it's starting to rip), the whole thing will come undone right before your eyes.

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Date: 2/16/11 9:07 AM

I can do a chain on my serger and I like to use it in conjuction with overlock to do the seams on jeans. I have one on my blindstitch machine and I use it for hemming. It it doesn't go in right it's very easy to remove.

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Date: 2/17/11 1:25 PM

"Serger Secrets" on pg 197 has some nice chain stitch tucks. I haven't tried them, yet.

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Date: 5/27/13 3:42 PM

Hi!

I'm searching the boards to find information on chainstitch, as I was considering using it to put together a fairly stable knit (Sophia) skirt, so I wouldn't have to use so much thread by serging it, and so it would be easy to fit (rip out if need be). But, I'm concerned about how easily chain stitch rips out once I've got my skirt fitted and want to wear it for a long time without feeling it could fall apart on me!

When you said to "stitch over the thread chains on the back of your fabric" in order to make the chain stitch into a permanent stitch, did you mean to sew a second seamline with a sewing maching (i.e., NOT the chainstitch machine) directly over the thread chains on the back? And would you sew this 2nd seam from the back of the fabric (with the thread chains facing you)? If I"m partially using chainstitch for some elasticity on my knit, I'm thinking sewing over that original chainstitch with the sewing machine would defeat the purpose of using chainstitch for it's elasticity.

Would love your thoughts!

Thanks!

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Date: 5/27/13 5:49 PM

I use the chain stitch on my cover stitch for making darts in knits. It is stable but gives some stretch. I just used it to hem some capri tights (chain inside) and I like the effect and how it worked. Muslins, for sure. Love it for that. Decorative stitch, absolutely.

To "seal" the stitch you just have to stitch across the seam, so if you do side seams with a chain and hem by machine, that will stop them from coming undone. You can also take the thread that would be ravelling and stitch through the fabric once or twice and even tie the ends.

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Date: 5/27/13 9:04 PM

I stitch over the thread chains with a regular sewing machine stitch, at a right angle, about 1/4" past the seam allowance (which is usually 5/8") and for about 1/2" on either side of the chain. So 3/8" down from the edge of the fabric should be a good spot. The serger chainstich is very similar to the chainstitch on my Touch and Sew.

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